COA exhibits prints from 16th to 21st centuries

Posted Feb. 08, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12 to Friday, March 1, 2013; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - Ethel H. Blum Gallery, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Contact: Catherine Clinger; 207-288-5015


BAR HARBOR, ME—Woodcuts, engravings, etchings, silkscreens, and lithographs from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries will be on view at College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery. The exhibit, Collected Prints: A Selection of Works on Paper from the Collection of Catherine Clinger, includes a wide range of work and subjects. It runs from Feb. 12 through Mar. 1, with an opening on Friday, Feb. 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and a gallery talk on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4:10 p.m. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

The exhibit is an eclectic mix, says Clinger, COA’s Allan Stone Chair in the Visual Arts. “Really, what the pieces have in common is the fact that they are composed of ink on paper.” The prints hail from Europe, Asia, and the United States. They include a piece by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an eighteenth century Italian artist known for his etchings of Rome, several hand-printed books—among them a version of Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things,” with wood engravings by early twentieth century artist Paul Landacret, a print by Kathe Kollwitz, as well as more contemporary work by Kiki Smith and John Talleur, Clinger’s mentor. The sixteenth century works are two small images of musicians by Jacques Callot, an artist who, says Clinger, ran off to live with gypsies—not once, but twice in his boyhood years. His parents had to send an older brother to retrieve him.

Clinger came by her prints in various ways. Once, she was in Dublin admiring what she called “an exquisite mezzotint” that a rather well-heeled couple was considering—but hesitantly. Clinger’s enthusiasm so clearly sealed the deal for the dealer that he turned to her and said, “OK Lassie, is there a print you have an eye on?” And yes, there was. And yes, she did receive the print.

While serious are viewers certainly will appreciation the exhibit, Clinger says her main aim is to engage students in prints and printmaking. She hopes to whet the community’s appetite for prints and printmaking. Come fall, COA will have its own printing press, and students will be able to create their own etchings beginning in 2014.

For more information about the exhibit, running from Feb. 12 to Mar. 1, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the opening at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, or the talk at 4:10 p.m. on Feb. 21, contact the college at 207-288-5015, or Clinger at

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Feb. 12 – Mar. 1: Collected Prints: A Selection of Works on Paper from the collection of Catherine Clinger, College of the Atlantic’s Allan Stone Chair in the Visual Arts. Woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Opening reception Friday, Feb. 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Ethel H. Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. 207-288-5015,