The Art Center presents: Shadow & Light

DOVER – The award-winning art center in Dover, Nh, is hosting an exhibit during the months of January and February titled Shadow & Light, featuring the work of Barrington artist Diane St. Jean.

Diversity artwork by Diane St. Jean

Diane is an engraver who explores collagraphy and typography. His collagraphic impressions are intimate and mysterious. Despite the care and patience required by the process, there is also the element of surprise. It is impossible to know exactly what a print will look like until the inked plate has been passed through the etching press under heavy pressure on damp paper. Diane describes this unpredictability as “magical”. About her process, she says: “For my collagraphy plates, I use recycled or found objects combined with a glossy acrylic varnish or a matte medium. I often use food wrapping material, like milk cartons, for the plates, and add pieces of paper, foil, or mica.

Artwork by Diane St. Jean

Diane’s typographic work focuses on issues of social justice. She enjoys collecting antique wooden type and says, “I still believe in the power of the printed word, and the physical process of creating a message with wooden type on a vintage press is very satisfying.

Dream House artwork by Diane St. Jean

The Art Center’s online gallery of works by Diane St. Jean can be viewed at https://www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com/diane-st-jean.

Shadow & Light will be on display through February with a reception on Saturday, February 11 from 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with the artists’ reception for the Art Center’s World Print Exhibition. The public is invited to attend.

Please visit the Art Center located at 1 Washington St., Dover, NH, Suite 1177. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.theartcenterdover.com or call 603-978-6702 for more information.

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