Holly came to OG well prepared for a prolific week. She had been developing a series of watercolor vellums, most of which were printed on her first day here. A couple of these watercolor vellums were made into solar plates. Throughout the week, Holly continued to make watercolor vellums some of which were layered with the solar plates while others stood alone. After pulling proofs Holly and Sue sat down and decided on four solar plates to edition.
Holly Hughes, a New York based painter and painting instructor, finishing a sabbatical from RISD, began her week here at Oehme Graphics with a quick tour of the studio and stroll around the town of Steamboat Springs with her husband, Bruce. Holly and Sue have had an ongoing relationship of student and teacher; Holly has taken two of Sue's workshops, one at the Women's Workshop in New York State, and the other in Steamboat at OG in early 2012. As a tenured professor of painting at RISD, Holly has had much practice as a teacher, but this past week, she had the opportunity to be a student again! This summer, for the first time, Holly and Sue had the chance to collaborate on a print project.
During this past year on sabbatical, she has spent time with her artwork, traveling around the globe, continuing her search for inspiration. Holly is interested in ancient mythology and decorative design traditions, which take apparent shape in her pieces. She has created an elaborate abstracted symbolic vocabulary, and creates intriguing compositions compelled by an expert color palette, while other times she works directly from her interest in decorative tiles, complying imagery in a grid-like manor.
Holly's week here at OG was exciting, everyday showed a wall covered in new pieces ranging from small to large, monochromatic to polychromatic. The week ended with a quick signing and a night at the local rodeo, something not to be missed in our western town of Steamboat Springs!
Please visit our website to view all of Holly Hughes' work.
Sue first met Paula Schuette Kraemer when the artist came to Steamboat Springs to share her work, which had been printed in her own studio, Open Gate Press. Her works soon found a place in the OG flat files. This quick introduction last year led to a highly anticipated week-long visit from Paula. A week that led to brightly colored flying fruit, delicately painted flowers, beautifully glowing watercolor washes, and hands playing unknown games.
Paula came prepared with drypoint and KM photopolymer plates. Throughout the course of the week she made a carborundum plate and a silk collorgraph plate. Along with these Paula had a chance to paint countless watercolor vellums which were used as background color and context in her prints.
It quickly became clear that Paula's work came from a deeply sentimental place. She explained that her imagery and inspiration comes from the many stages life has to offer. She finds intrigue in the joys of life as well as the sorrows. "It is not her desire to be known for any one specific theme, but rather to use her artistic ability to portray life's experiences." Her work weaves a narrative which evokes a peaceful remembrance and an introspective tenderness.
Paula often works with symbols. This week in the OG studio those symbols were the centerpiece and a group of hands. By the end of the week Paula had printed more than a dozen Centerpieces. Each with a different variety of fruits, flowers or text, all constructed from many layered plates. Simultaneously, Paula worked on a series of prints depicting hands, she mixed silk collograph plates with drypoint, KM, and watercolor vellums.
After trying out many combinations of colors, plates, and techniques, the week came to an end. We found time to make it up to the Strawberry Park hot springs to have a relaxing soak at the end of a week cramped with colorful imagery and symbols. Paula left many finished prints with Oehme Graphics each priced at $600, and took some proofs home to work from. Paula's time at OG was delightfully inspired and bountifully fruitful.
You can see all of Paula's work on our website.