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Insect Monoprints in El Cerrito

Artist Gail Morrison will be showing a selection of her Insect Monoprints in the lobby of the El Cerrito Community Center from March 3 to April 29, 2009.

The Insect Monoprints begin as larger-than-life pen and ink drawings which are transferred to solar etching plates, using the sun to expose the plates and water to develop them.

Meanwhile, using either oil paint or etching inks, Morrison prints colorful monotype backgrounds on fine printmaking paper. Then, in a second pass through the press, she prints the etching over the background. The result shows a dramatic contrast between the swirling abstract colors and the crisp drawing of the insect.

Morrison’s hope is that by getting a closer look, people will come to regard insects as our fellow creatures on the planet, and not just annoyances. They are everywhere, and although they sometimes bother us, they are just trying to make their way in the world like everybody else. They are small, but their bodies have very complex shapes and structures. The more closely you look, the more interesting they become.

The address of the Community Center is 7007 Moeser Lane in El Cerrito. The Insect Monoprints are on view during the hours the Community Center is open, generally Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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