Perception and Self from Stephen Littlefield’s Square Frame Series
There’s plenty to see in a trio of exhibits featuring prints on display from Jan. 18 to March 3 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
All three exhibits open with an opening reception and Gallery Talk Friday, Jan. 18. The gallery talk is set for 6 to 7 p.m. and the reception follows until 9 p.m. Admission is $5 and free to members.
Ask Stephen Littlefield what the difference between a traditional art print and a giclee is, and be prepared to sit down and listen for a spell.
Littlefield, a born teacher, is more than happy to explain how a giclee is really just a copy of something else, and not a “print” at all. An art print on the other hand, is an original, one-of-a-kind or one-of-a-number, work of art, lovingly crafted to be exactly what it is… exactly what you see.
Highpoint P R I N T S features contemporary artist editions from Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis come to DFAC. Featured artists include Carlos Amorales, Mary Esch, Julie Mehretu, Clarence Morgan, Todd Norsten and others.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking was established in April 2001 and is the only accessible, community-oriented facility of its kind in the Upper Midwest. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking through exhibitions, educational programming, community outreach and visiting and emerging artist programs.
In Stephen Littlefield: The Ecstasy of Tedium, DFAC’s founding printmaking faculty shares a retrospective of his life’s work and passion. “I love the ‘doing’, the craftsmanship (of printmaking) that takes time and dedication to complete. The hand work of carving linoleum or rocking a copper plate for a mezzotint is my yoga.”
Littlefield attended USF when Graphicstudio was in its early days, noting “the excitement of watching and getting to know the master printers was intense.” He enjoys the egalitarian spirit of the print studio where teacher and student create side by side and credits Donald Saff and Jeffrey Kronsnoble as mentors who continue to inform his present day philosophy in the classroom. “I have always been interested in teaching and talking about art. The inspiration I received from my teachers has made me want to emulate them, to give back the same kind of magic that turned me on to making art.”
imPRINTed, the third offering allows DFAC Printmakers, past and present to show their finest. Participants include DFAC students, members and faculty.
The Dunedin Fine Art Center is at 1143 Michigan Blvd. Call 727-298-DFAC or visit www.dfac.org.