Artists Mary Ellen Daly, Mark Harris, Bill Patterson, Betsy Rybczynski, Nick Serratore and Barbara Warden invite the public to an art studio open house from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 22, at Studios On Walnut in Milton. Light refreshments will be served. This annual event showcases the working studio environments of the resident artists and will feature original artwork for sale. The Studios on Walnut is also home to the Milton Arts Guild.
Daly's works on paper offer a uniquely contemporary approach to printmaking. Her use of a hydraulic press allows for embossing, application of extreme color, viscosity, and texture not possible with a traditional press. Working at the interface between printmaking and painting, Daly builds images layer by layer in a painterly process of controlled accident, there is no predictable outcome.
Harris’s primary interest is in relief printing, using a variety of materials whose surfaces are marked, inked and impressed on paper. His interest is in keeping alive the ancient desire to make direct graphic impressions and at the same time the intriguing and subtle ways such marks can be made.
Patterson is a local landscape painter who works in an impressionistic style. His goal is to capture unusual light, shadow and atmospheric conditions in order to evoke particular feelings and nods of a scene. He paints on location as well as from his photo references.
Rybczynski works in relief and intaglio printmaking. Her recent experiments with Mokulito, or wood lithography, have produced some intriguing results. Fascinated by the interplay between printmaking and painting, she continues to work and play with color and form in all media.
Serratore works in pastels. His paintings harness representations of the land to demonstrate the effects of sunlight and spatial depth upon a scene. His use of color and blending techniques create moody, atmospheric landscapes that frame almost abstracted fields of saturated light and color.
Warden has been a fiber artist for more than a decade, using vivid colors to create intense and colorful abstract designs. In 2012 she returned to drawing, mostly using black and white materials, with occasional muted color. Warden is currently part of a group exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum and was invited to be its guest curator.
The Studios On Walnut is at 310 Walnut St. in Milton. For more information, go to www.studiosonwalnut.com.