Branching Out: Original Prints by Mary D. Ott
Opening Reception: Friday May 3, 6 - 8:30 pm
Guitar by Tom Rohde
Meet the Artist: Saturday May 18, 1 - 3 pm
Touchstone Gallery is excited to present Mary D. Ott’s solo show Branching Out: Original Prints. The exhibit features hand-pulled prints that celebrate natural arboreal beauty. Much of Ott’s previous work comprises figurative and abstract prints that capture the subtle beauty of grasses. Her current interests “branch out” to focus on the intricacies of trees, leaves and landscapes.
Among the print media employed by Ott are intaglio etching and dry point—the design is etched or scratched onto a metal plate—and paper plate or polyester plate lithography in which the image to be printed is created on paper or polyester surfaces. For both intaglio prints and lithographs, the plates are inked and then the images are printed on fine art paper. These artworks, whether black-and-white or color prints, express Ott’s love of nature.
Mary D. Ott has been a member of Touchstone Gallery since 2001. A painter and printmaker, she has studied with Washington artist Anne Marchand, at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, and at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD.