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Studio News for Autumn 2015


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UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT2015 Alexey von Schlippe Water Water Everywhere 01 facebook

"Water, Water Everywhere
Paean to a Vanishing Resource"

"Water is the world's most crucial resource and the basis for all earthly life. Its preservation and protection may be
our greatest environmental challenge. The global water crisis affects everyone, from those lacking enough to those experiencing uncontrollable floods that wipe away homes and land and wildlife. Water, Water Everywhere is comprised of 30 second to 30 minute films from forty-one artists worldwide exploring water issues from the political to the personal and from ethics to aesthetics, with works that are documentary, experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated or acted." (Jennifer Heath, curator) 

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In harmony with this theme, the exhibition will include 2 and 3 dimensional work by regional artists, including Catherine's painting Monhegan Island. (curated by Julia Pavone & David Madacsi)

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 11 - October 24
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sun 12 - 4 pm

Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art
University of Connecticut
Avery Point Campus
Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT
860 - 405 - 9052


2015 Alumni Exhibition

2015_09 Lyme Academy Alumni Exhibition front for web

This biennial exhition always proves to be an interesting survey of current work by the College's alumni. Catherine's large painting Uncas Pond will be on view.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 5 - 8 pm
Exhibition Dates:  September 18 - November 14
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-5232


2015_09 Gallery one Mystic Art Center show for webTHE ARTISTS OF GALLERY ONE

This exhibition includes a selection of works by each of the twelve artists forming the group Gallery One. For this show Catherine will be exhibiting a group of stone lithographs and paintings completed over stone lithographs. See "A Note From the Artist" below for more information about these works..

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 1, 5:30 - 7 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 25 - November 7
Gallery Hours: Daily 11 - 5 pm
Casual Reception & Artist Talks (by several of the artists): 
     Sunday, November 1, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, talks begin at 2 pm

Mystic Arts Center
9 Water Street, Mystic, CT

Gallery One is a cooperative association of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper. The group's exhibitions are itinerant and take place along the Connecticut shoreline between New Haven and Stonington. Participating artists are David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, T. Willie Raney, Gray Jacobik, Rick Lacey, Judith Barbour Osborne, Constance Patterson, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn.


"Catherine Christiano and Rick Silberberg"
Through December 31

Currently on view at ELLE Design Studio in Chester are nineteen works by Catherine Christiano juxtaposed with a selection of paintings by Rick Silberberg. Catherine's works include several of her pieces with mirrors, a number of her intriguing, detailed, still-lifes on newspaper, and a few of her large oil landscapes. Rick's works include carefully designed abstract compositions with quasi landscape elements. In addition to the originals, there is a selection of Catherine's beautiful limited edition reproductions and stone lithograph prints. Don't miss the lower level of the shop with its collection of artwork in a range of styles by Gallery One artists. 

ELLE is a contemporary interior design studio offering complete interior architecture and styling services. Its retail shop introduces unique home furnishings from a growing list of emerging and established artists. ELLE is located in the heart of the charming village of Chester where one may find a number of interesting shops, galleries, and great eateries.

ELLE Design Studio
1 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412
(860) 526-8470
Hours: Tues - Sat 11 - 6 pm, Sun 10 - 4 pm (advisable to call ahead)



The collection of works that I will be exhibiting this fall with the Gallery One artist group's exhibition at the Liebig Gallery, Mystic Arts Center are stone lithographs and paintings completed over stone lithographs. I had long admired the stone lithographs of a number of artists, most notably Grant Wood and M.C. Escher, when I finally had the opportunity to learn this printmaking technique at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. I have since continued working in lithography with Master Printer, James Reed. What drew me in was the expressive possibilities inherent in this method that yields a rich full range of tonal values and the ability to reproduce with impressive fidelity all the character and nuances of the original drawing.

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Stone lithography, developed around 1798 in Germany, is based on the hydrophobic (water repelling) property of grease. To create a lithograph the image is drawn on a smooth, level limestone plate using oil-based lithographic drawing materials that, as solids, come in the form of crayons, pencils, or rubbing sticks and, as liquids, come in the form of tusche and autographic ink. The image at right shows the finished drawing on the stone for my lithograph Hydrangeas. Once the drawing is complete a series of chemical processes are used to bond the hydrophobic (oil attracting and water repelling), grease based, image to the stone and make it ready to be inked for printing. During printing, the stone is kept continuously wet with water as the image is inked, a process that requires numerous passes with an inking roller. After the image is loaded with printing ink, the stone and paper are run through a press that applies uniform pressure to transfer the ink onto the paper. An excellent video by the Museum of Modern Art "Pressure + Ink: Lithography Process" illustrates this process.

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During the creation of an edition of stone lithographs a certain amount of experimentation takes place. Different papers and inks are tested and, inevitably some impressions are considered not suitable to include as part of the edition. These prints can be regarded as stand-alone works separate from the edition or they may serve as a foundation for applying color using a variety of media or for developing a different image. The images below are an example of a stone lithograph and an oil painting later done over the same image.

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Handmade lithographs are often confused with more commercial and widely prevalent offset lithographs. Printing done by offset lithography uses a photograph of the original that is separated into colors, typically four (red, yellow, blue, and black), and transferred onto separate plates for each. The printing for offset lithography is then done all at once, mechanically, on large high speed presses. In contrast, handmade lithographs are created by the artist drawing directly on the plate (stone and metal can be used). After the image is chemically secured, the  printer inks the stone or metal plate by hand and pulls it through the press for each individual impression in the edition. Prints produced using the mechanized offset lithography process result in an image that is more of an approximation of the original, with a loss in the nuances of the drawing and color, and with a telltale uniform dot pattern that is often visible to the naked eye or under low magnification. On the other hand, stone lithographs retain the detail of the artist's drawing, include the beauty of the fine random pattern of the grain of the stone, and may vary slightly from one impression to the next in the edition. It is for these reasons that, soon after it was developed in Germany, stone lithography quickly spread among artists working in Europe, including Francisco de Goya and most major French artists at some point in their careers (Daumier, Cezanne, Manet, Degas, Picasso, Redon, among others), and is a technique that continues to attract the interest of artists today.

Image Information from the top:

Catherine Christiano, Gingerbread Cottage #2 (detail), oil over stone lithograph on paper, 7 x 6 inches, 2015.

Catherine Christiano, Monhegan Island, oil on canvas, 14 x 28 inches, 2010.

Catherine Christiano, The Narcissist is You #3, oil and metal leaf on panels with mirror, 19 1/8 x 32 1/4 inches, 2008.

Catherine Christiano, Lithograph drawing on stone for Hyacinths, stone lithograph on paper, 13 x 10 1/4 inches, 2015.

Catherine Christiano, Gingerbread Cottage,  stone lithograph on paper, 6 7/8 x 6 inches, 2011. 

Catherine Christiano, Gingerbread Cottage #2, oil over stone lithograph on paper, 7 x 6 inches, 2015.

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