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Prints on display at art center leave a lasting impression

The intricacies of a specific print can be something one is immediately attracted to, leaving a lasting impression on the mind. Why humans instantly connect with certain images can be easily identified or a point of mystery, but, nonetheless very real. An opportunity to view a large assortment of fine art prints, both historic and new, can be found at the Transferring Ink II show now through October 23 at the Fallbrook Art Center.

The show’s opening reception on Sept. 4, attended by roughly 100 people, set the tone for the popularity of this particular show and its unique composition.

“The attendees at the opening reception were ‘blown away,’” said Mary Perhacs, executive director of the Fallbrook Art Center. “They can’t believe there are shows like this in Fallbrook. One of the participating artists, Gaul Culley, is from San Francisco. She flew in for the opening. Her comment that she ‘had not seen a better print show anywhere’ meant a lot to me, particularly coming from her.”

The show is unique in that it features historical prints from notable artists such as Whistler, Currier & Ives, Picasso, Warhol, and more in addition to modern day and up and coming printmakers.

“Fallbrook is home to many art collectors who generously loan their works; this enables us to present truly unique exhibitions of museum level with the added opportunity to actually acquire works,” said Perhacs. “It is only because of the generosity of the many people involved behind the scenes in this show that it was possible. As our reputation continues to grow, we now have people calling us offering works, so I believe we’ll be seeing more of this type of old and new collaboration.”

One section of the show is devoted to identifying the four main processes involved in printmaking: relief, intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy.

“The art of printmaking is a fascinating process,” said Perhacs. “There are four main processes, but within each is a virtually unlimited scope for an artist to create.”

Visitors to the show appear to agree with Perhacs.

“Visitors loved the informational component of the show as well as the opportunity to get up close and personal with works by historically great artists,” said Perhacs. “Many commented on how elegant and sophisticated the show looks, but I’m pleased to say they felt it was accessible and welcoming. That makes me very proud.”

Art Center board member Beverly Thordarson said she credits Perhacs, fellow board member Jim Sean, local printmaker Dixon Fish, and Blue Herron Gallery owner Robert Sommers for the success of the show.

Nationally known sculptor and Fallbrook resident Les Perhacs perhaps summed up the attraction of printmaking best.

“Design is often lacking in today’s art,” he said. “What is special about the prints is the preponderance of design.”

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