‘The Art of the Chop’ at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts
“Academy Print,” a 1999 collagraph by Wolf Kahn.

‘The Art of the Chop’ at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts is opening its renovated gallery upstairs at 181 Main St., and the public is invited to celebrate the relocation and the premiere of Collaborative Prints and Collages of the Sea, collectively titled The Art of the Chop, by artist and master printer Lisa Mackie.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Dec. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., with an Artist Talk with Mackie scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. The exhibit continues through Feb. 9, 2020.

Artists represented are Emily Mason, Wolf Kahn, Sol LeWitt, Grace Hartigan, Jack Youngerman, Margo Humphrey, Elba Damast, Mary Frank, Bill Murphy, Leo Manso, Marylyn Dintenfass, Amy Ernst, Darryl Hughto, Michael Steiner, Alisia Mackie, and Peter Mackie.

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts says it is honored to curate this exhibit from Lisa Mackie's archives of contemporary fine art prints.

Betty Wilde-Biasiny, an artist and professor of visual art at SUNY/Empire State College, writes, “The Art of the Chop refers to the chop or seal, the embossed stamp usually pressed into the lower left corner of the print, a symbol of where the piece was printed.

“Working with one artist per session, Mackie's philosophy is to be the catalyst for the creative process as well as the consultant for whom artists can rely on to create a print within the most effective technique … and encourage the artist to engage, process, combine, and complete a print that mimics, but does not necessarily replicate their artist project.”

For more information about the exhibit, and the new gallery space, visit mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com.

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