Realism is often a sticking point for viewers. “My kid can do that” is a refrain heard in many galleries. Working artists usually have a well-honed ability to render life realistically, but some of them choose to diverge from that representational approach. Seemingly simple works, bare squiggles on paper, require incredible control of a brush or careful cajoling of a monoprint plate.
The new exhibition Making Your Mark offers a panoply of fine craftsmanship. Included are works by nine regional artists, individuals employing their craft to engage our community. Many of the artists employ everyday tools to accomplish extraordinary results. From scraps of fabric to an X-Acto knife or crayons, the artists have crafted their own styles to express their unique visions. You can explore the works, along with the artists’ tools, in our online exhibition.