Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library to Host Print Exhibit by Local Artist Holly Kenny

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Nature Abstracted,” a showing of 40 original monotype prints portraying organic elements in abstract form conceived and created by local artist Holly Kenny. 

This exhibit marks the first time the artist will be showing her print work. An opening reception will be held in the library and take place on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run from Feb.13 through March 30, 2014.

Schooled in fiber and mixed media, Kenny exhibited extensively as a weaver in the 1980s and 90s, showing in 52 galleries across the country including the National Craft and Wholesale shows in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Locally, she has shown her works in numerous juried art shows such as Cain Park, Blossom Music Center, Lakewood and Boston Mills. Since then, her passion for mixed media and innovative processes led her to create fiber art, paintings, drawings, jewelry and an array of mixed media pieces.

“Recently, I’ve turned my attention and energy towards creating monotype prints,” Kenny said. “It’s a unique and serendipitous process that utilizes both painting and printmaking techniques. I over print each piece at least once to create a layered, nuanced effect that’s highly detailed.”

The printing process involves transferring paint or ink from the printing plate to either wet or dry paper, by hand or with a press. The painting aspect of this medium involves the way the ink is manipulated on the plate. Imagery is created by adding ink to the plate, called working in a light field, or removing ink from the plate, referred to as working in a dark field or working negatively. Either process yields results impossible to achieve with other mediums. Inks can be allowed to build up from print to successive print or the plate wiped clean between prints.


“After I complete the printing portion of the process, I use the collage technique, which involves cutting and fitting parts of prints to create what I call storyboards,” Kenny said. “Each unique framed storyboard has a narrative linked by subject matter, color or texture that invites a personal interpretation by the viewer.”

The exhibit may be viewed during library hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1-10 p.m. For further information, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.

Kenny is a resident of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where she founded monART Studio in 2013. To view examples of Kenny’s work, visit her website at www.monartstudioprints.comor her Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/monartstudio.



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