Tuesday, January 26, 2010


A passion for line and process is evident in Target Gallery’s latest exhibition Imprint.

“Imprint is an excellent example of the widespread diversification and combination of printmaking techniques with almost every other art medium known. The quality of works submitted to Imprint is extraordinary and proves that there is a LOT of good art being made in the USA today." - Jane Haslem

What: Imprint- a contemporary printmaking exhibition

When: Exhibition – January 21- February 21
Opening Reception - Second Thursday Art Night, February 11, 6-9pm

7:30 Printmaking demonstration by Printmakers’ Inc. located in the Torpedo Factory, Studio 325

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria,VA

Admission: Free and open to the public

Hours: Open daily from 10-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays
The Torpedo Factory’s Target Gallery opens Imprint, an exhibition that examines contemporary printmaking. Thirty-seven artists from across the country are a part of this exhibition united by one common theme and that is the printmaking process. Eight of the artists in the exhibition are from the DC Metro area. The public is invited to visit Printmakers’ Inc. located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory in studio 325 for a printmaking demonstration at 7:30pm.

Jane Haslem, juror and print expert, chose a variety of work that serves as a testament to the vast array of techniques that printmakers across the country are using in their work today. The printmaking processes in Imprint include mezzotints, etchings, lithographs, woodblock and linocuts, silkscreen, monotypes, collagraphs, cyanotypes, and digital prints.

The entire exhibition is online at www.torpedofactory.org/galleries/target_current.htm. The gallery is open daily from 10-6 and until 9pm on Thursdays.

Juror Bio:
Jane Haslem Gallery was established in 1960 and specializes in American Art of the last half of the 20th Century. Inventory includes paintings, prints, drawings, and other works on paper. The gallery is known for its in-depth collection of prints by those artists responsible for reviving printmaking in the US after World War II

Friday, January 8, 2010

Remembering Nancy Reinke

Please feel free to make comments to this blog about things you remember most about Nancy Reinke. She will be greatly missed!

This is an excerpt that her studio mate Kim Jones had to say about Nancy and I felt it needed to be shared here:

Nancy was very wise. She told Lane Palmisano when she was a new artist here, “usually anything worth doing is difficult and takes time.” And Lane listens to that advice all the time to this day. She also called her “walking Zen”

Her subject matter in her prints and paintings was vast; thoughtful portraits of women, unique character paintings of animals and often she showed her great sense of humor. A good example of her whimsy is her print “Lap Cat.” An image of a giant cat with a child in its lap made many people laugh out loud year after year. Another piece that garnered many laughs was a typeset print of an 18th century warning to those who steal library books.

Nancy was a strong advocate for animal rights owning over 50 cats in her lifetime. She was a member of many animal welfare groups such as Jane Goodall Institute, ASPCA, Washington Animal Rescue league and numerous other organizations. Her passion for animals was also very apparent in her ability to capture animals and their inner personalities in both her etching and paintings.

People from all over the world have said that they specifically come to Studio 5 to be within the space that was completely Nancy Reinke. With Chinese Tea Boxes, a faux piano and fireplace, bird cage and vintage printing signs, her entire aesthetic, from the warm studio to her tremendous body of work, made every visitor feel welcomed, at home and enlightened.

Memorial Reception to Celebrate Nancy Reinke will be held at the Target Gallery on Sunday, January 17, 2-4pm.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Torpedo Factory Celebrates Life Of Founding Member, Nancy Reinke

What: Nancy Reinke Memorial Exhibition

When: Exhibition - January 14-17
Opening Reception - Second Thursday Art Night, January 14, 6-9pm
Memorial Reception - Sunday, January 17, 2-4pm

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria,VA

Admission: Free and open to the public

Hours: Open daily from 10-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays
(Alexandria, VA) - It is with great sadness that the Torpedo Factory Art Center has lost one of their founding artists. Nancy McDonald Reinke died in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, after a battle against cancer with her beloved husband Roger and her children by her side.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery will present a Nancy Reinke Memorial Exhibition from January 14-17, 2010. The opening night of the exhibition will be during the monthly Second Thursday Art Night event, January 14 from 6-9pm. A closing memorial reception will be held on Sunday afternoon, January 17th from 2-4pm. The receptions are free and open to the public.

Nancy Reinke's early experience as a commercial artist and illustrator provided her a solid background in graphic design. This is evident in the etchings, woodcuts, wood engravings, oils and caseins she created in her Torpedo Factory Art Center studio. This accomplished painter and printmaker has had her works on display in many public buildings, including the Library of Congress and the State of Virginia Legislative Building. Her work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections including the Hilton Corporation and the Marriot Corporation. Commissions include the American Institute of Architects and the Folger Shakespeare Library.