Louise Grunewald loves the West. She was born here, and grew up here. It’s a place she loves.
And now, she’ll open a new exhibit, “My Beloved West,” with an artist’s reception Friday in the Art Library upstairs at Durango Arts Center.
The show is made up of 20 art pieces and two books. Grunewald’s pieces are solarplate prints.
Not sure what a solarprint is? Grunewald explains:
“A solarplate is a unique printing surface, consisting of a steel plate that is coated with a UV-sensitive polymer emulsion. When an image is laid onto the plate using a transparency or a direct drawing, the parts that are exposed to the UV light will harden and the parts that are covered will wash away with a water. Raised and lowered surfaces are thus created that can be inked in a variety of ways, and the printing process utilizes an etching press. This is a nontoxic process developed by master printmaker Dan Welden in the 1970s.”
“The show for me is important because I grew up in the West, I’ve always lived in the West, and the pieces are really a reflection of my love of living in the western U.S.,” she said. “The catalyst for it was an initial piece I did, and then I just felt compelled to do this series. It’s just my love of place.”
“My Beloved West” will be on display until Dec. 21.