Upcoming Events
PRESS 2022
Our Annual Printmakers Show
May 1st through 31st, 2022

Harvest Gallery is pleased to present "PRESS" our annual exhibition showcasing the work of select Nova Scotia Printmakers. You are invited to explore the work of Bonnie Baker; Alex Colville; Cecil Day; David Gillespie; Kristiina Lehtonen; Laura MacDonald; Joyce Martin; John Neville; Leonard Paul; Rachel Reeve; Steven Rhude; Julie Rosvall; Kath Kornelsen Rutherford; Robert Rutherford; Monique Silver; Alan Syliboy and Anna Syperek. Throughout the month of May we will feature a variety of printmaking methods, introduce you to the artists and sample their work in rotation - in the gallery and on Instagram. Stay tuned all month long!

In addition, we have a fun and fascinating, hands-on workshop planned:

Join local artist Rachel Reeve in a session of gyotaku (fish rubbing) where you'll learn about the history, technique and create your own fish print using a local species of fish, water-based printing ink and rice paper.

Harvest Gallery, Wolfville
Sunday, May 22nd, 10 am - 12 pm
Cost $25/person
(Includes all materials)
10 participants (maximum)
Call the gallery (902) 542-7093
Or message us on Instagram @harvestgalleryns

Rachel's current work with gyotaku looks at human relationships with fish from cultural, symbolic and ecological perspectives.

Gyotaku is the traditional method of printing fish, originating from Japan in the 1800's. It was a method for recording a fisher's catch. "My aim is to approach the gyotaku in a sustainable and respectful manner. Using non-toxic ink, the fish is printed on traditional Japanese rice paper or cotton. In some instances, the fish is cleaned after printing and prepared to be eaten. In other cases, I have chosen to print invasive species. I have modified a selection of gyotaku to canvas with the intent of creating variation and immediacy through composition. I primarily work with gyotaku because it fits well with my interest in printmaking and my interest in nature. I am attracted to the hands-on connection with various species of plant and fish-there's such variety of form and texture. I also appreciate that there is minimal equipment required and respect that the work is always a collaboration."


In the world of art not all prints are created equal. Both advances in technology and 'creative' marketing practices have led to confusion around what distinguishes an original print from a reproduction. An Original Print is an image that has been conceived and executed solely as a print, usually in a numbered edition. Each print in the edition is an original, signed by the artist, and printed from a plate, stone, screen, block or other matrix created for that purpose. There is no one original print from which copies are made. Each print is inked and pulled individually; it is a multi-original medium. The artist decides the number of prints in an edition, and each print is given a specific number (for example, a print numbered 12/25 is the 12th print in an edition of 25). A Reproduction, although often called a print, is actually quite different. It is a copy of a work of art conceived by the artist in another medium - an oil painting or watercolour for example. The reproduction is made by photomechanical means. Numbering and signing a reproduction does not change its essence; it is still a reproduction of a painting and not an original print.

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