ASC Cloyde Snook Gallery features scratchboard art

(01-15-2010)

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Local artist, Charles Ewing, juried the current exhibit in the Adams State College Cloyde Snook Gallery. "A Scratch in Time" opens January 22 and continues through February 19. Over 20 artists are included in the exhibit. A panel discussion with a few of the artists begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Art Building room 227; an opening reception will follow.

Scratchboard art is a technique to create drawing using sharp tools to scratch through to white clay board covered with black paint. Shadows and highlights are created through the removal process rather than adding color or ink, as in the traditional drawing method.

Ewing said scratchboard is a forgiving medium and very versatile. He said he chose to curate the show since there are few shows nationwide just for clay surface artists. The featured art is primarily realistic wildlife illustrations with some figurative and landscape work. "Some of the finest scratchboard artists in the nation, including an Australian artist, are included in the exhibit."

Artists who plan to attend the lecture, reception, and demonstration include Rodman, Cathy Sheeter, Mark Hatfield, Allan Adams, and Diana Bazaldua.

The public is invited to artist demonstrations from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Art Building room 142.

"Ars Terrae", photographs by Martin Jay Mckee, will be on exhibit in the Hatfield Gallery during the same time frame.

For more information call the Adams State Art Department at 719-587-7823.

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By Linda Relyea