Thursday, May 8, 2008

New Grounds Artists Exhibit in England

Made in New Mexico:
New Grounds Artists exhibition in Wolverhampton, England

In the spring of 2007, College Printmaking lecturer Linda Nevill (BA Hons, MA) took a short break from teaching and embarked on a sabbatical which took her to the USA.

Linda traveled along America’s “Mother Road” Route 66 in two of the warmest US states – Arizona and New Mexico. She took photos and made sketches of the fascinating old gas stations, motels, diners and signs, capturing a rusting, fading image of a legendary road.

One memorable photographic moment was discovering a shed, behind an old gas station and general stores, in which she found a dusty car parts catalogue. Light spilled through a crack in the corrugated roof highlighting the listings of carburetors, spark plugs, clutches and water pumps – essential components for travel on Route 66.

Linda then spent time at the New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery on Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to create some photogravure prints based on some of the photos taken. New Grounds is a leading US workshop in innovatory and non-toxic printmaking directed by Regina Held.

This exhibition displays New Grounds artists’ latest etchings, monotypes, gravures and mezzotints and 3 of the prints Linda made in New Mexico.

Exhibition dates: June to September, 2008

Venue: Wolverhampton College
Paget Road Campus
Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England