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SCAN Holiday Small Works

Art Show & Sale, Artist Demo Planned



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The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) has two public events planned during the next week.

The first event is the SCAN Small Works Art Show & Sale. Artist members of SCAN will feature small, original artwork, all 11 by 14 inches or smaller, for purchase “at very reasonable prices,” organizers promise.

The event is planned for Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street in Newtown (at the flagpole).

For additional information call 203-788-2817.

Silk Aquatint Printmaking

Then on Wednesday, December 7, at 1:30 pm, SCAN will welcome Bonnie Johnson for a demonstration of silk aquatint printmaking.

That program will also be in the lower level of the meeting house. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free.

A graduate of the Silvermine College of Art in New Canaan, and certified in botanical illustration from the Bronx (N.Y.) Botanical Gardens, award-winning artist Johnson finds she can capture “life’s intricacies” through printmaking.

Utilizing techniques derived from a professional career as an art director, graphic designer, illustrator and art teacher, Johnson currently paints in oil and watercolor and works with a contemporary non-toxic printmaking technique, silk aquatint, an intaglio printmaking technique in which finely woven silk fabric is laminated to a rigid backing.

Johnson then creates an image on the silk surface with an acrylic paint and medium mixture. The intaglio “plate” is then traditionally inked and carefully wiped, then printed on dampened paper on an etching press.

Wonderful textures and rich tones can be achieved, and small variable editions can be made. Each print is done by hand and is a unique piece of art.

“I am always experimenting and continue to explore a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods of producing art where boundaries between printmaking, drawing, and painting are obscured or do not exist,” says Johnson, who also taught for many years at University of Bridgeport, Al Collins School of Graphic Design and Gibbs College.

Silk aquatint has become her favorite medium, as it uses drawing, painting, color, and technology.

Reservations are not taken for SCAN programs but additional information about programs and the group can be found at SCANart.org.

“Au Revoir” is a silk aquatint by Bonnie Johnson, who will be the guest artist for SCAN on December 7.
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