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The Clay Center displays a sampling of lithographs spanning the past 50 years from a world-renowned print workshop as it continues its celebration of American printmaking. "Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty, Celebrating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography" opens Jan. 11.

Featuring more than 60 works on paper, the exhibition from the University of New Mexico's Tamarind Institute showcases the history, methods and techniques used in lithography across the past half century.

"Tamarind Touchstones" is the second exhibition in the Clay Center's "Celebrating American Printmaking" series of programming. The tribute kicked off in October with the exhibit "Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription" and the new free lecture series "Impressions: Conversations on American Prints and Printmaking."

The Clay Center offers walkthrough of the exhibit with Tamarind Institute Director Marjorie Devon on Jan. 17 and a lecture about collaborative printmaking with Tamarind master printer Bill Lagattuta and New York City artist Lesley Dill on Feb. 21. Both programs begin at 6 p.m. in the art gallery.

The lectures are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

 

Plus, an artist and master printer come together to create a four-color lithograph in a free film screening of  "Four Stones for Kanemitsu" on  Jan. 16 at 12:15 p.m. in the art gallery. As always, this special edition of the Center's monthly lunchtime lecture program is free and open to the public. 

"Tamarind Touchstones" is sponsored by The Elliot Foundation. The exhibit will be on display through April 21. Museum gallery admission is free for museum members or $6 for children and $7.50 for adults.

For information on these and other Clay Center exhibits and programs, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.