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Three Printmakers exhibition to open at the Cultural Center on March 1, 2002

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The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil a new exhibition, Three Printmakers, on Friday, March 1, in the Art Gallery of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. An opening reception to meet the artists will be held that evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free exhibition and reception are open to the public. The show will remain on display through April 14.

Three artists will have their works on display: Jan Griffin of Charleston, Peter Massing of Huntington and Barbara Marsh Wilson of Hurricane. Visitors can see more than 50 pieces of work in the exhibition.

Griffin has been creating silk screen prints for many years. Her studio, sassafrolly Print studio, is equipped with a small etching press that can provide watercolor monotypes, wood cuts, lino cuts and etching plates. Her main focus, however, is the serigraph. Her work has been exhibited extensively in solo, invitational and juried exhibitions. Last year, her “Interior Landscape Series” was included in seven juried exhibitions across the United States. She is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England, National League of American Pen Women and Allied Artists of West Virginia. (Interior Landscape #21 by Jan Griffin, approx 220K)

Massing is an associate professor in printmaking and drawing at Marshall University. He has been an active exhibiting artist since 1994 and has received awards in local and regional juried shows. His prints are in private and public collections including Clarion University in Pennsylvania, Ohio University, West Virginia State College and Marshall Graduate College among others. The work in this exhibition includes prints produced within the past two years that use techniques in lithography, intaglio, collagraph, transfer, screen printing and alternative printmaking processes. Massing is a member of the Partners of the Americas, Southern Graphics Council, American Print Alliance and the Florida Printmakers Association. (Flat Top by Peter Massing, approx 367K)

Marsh Wilson is a native West Virginian who has shown her work in Pennsylvania and Florida as well as in West Virginia at The Museum in the Community, Hurricane; Boreman Arts Center, Martinsburg; Glenville State College; Steifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling; Huntington Museum of Art; and Sunrise Museum, Charleston. She served as an adjunct professor of art at West Virginia State College from 1994 to 1996. She says of her work in this exhibition, “The prints in this show represent a series of brightly colored monoprints depicting the personality, rather than the physical likeness, of animals. As an artist my intention is to share with the viewer the animal spirit as I perceive it.” (Snippy by Barbara Marsh Wilson, approx 390K)

For more information about the exhibition Three Printmakers, contact Stephanie Lilly, exhibits coordinator for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 128.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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