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Pyramid Atlantic celebrates 40th anniversary
By Evan Muynila, age 9
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center reopened their gallery and studios on Saturday, Sept. 18, with an event called “Reflecting Back To The Future,” celebrating the center’s 40th anniversary. On display were different prints, all created at the art center itself and curated by Helen C. Fredrick, the founder of the art center.
One of the most interesting and clever prints on display was Shadow Fishing ll by Kenneth Polinskie. It was a print of a pair of hands making a shadow puppet of a fisherman. It was made using linocut, a kind of printmaking where a sheet of linoleum is cut into shapes and pressed onto paper or fabric. Both the linocut and the paper were made at Pyramid Atlantic.
The art center has played a big role in the arts community, providing the studio space and equipment for people that want to make contemporary art, prints, and books. The artistic director, Gretchen Schermerhorn, shared that “The organization is nationally known for its printmaking, paper making and book making. … People all over the country come over and learn how to work as an artist at Pyramid Atlantic.”
When asked about tips for young artists, Schermerhorn said,“It’s good to always be curious! Always be exploring, asking questions, and always researching and finding out things if there is something you like … yes, talent may help but asking questions and always learning about things that interest you is a good place to start. … The biggest tip is to practice — always keep doing it!”
The art center hosts many affordable workshops people can participate in if they want to learn more about making prints, and the gallery event is free and open to visitors until Nov. 14.