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Making the Covers

Karen Cassidy used Photoshop and printmaking techniques to develop the two images called Spiritus in the Ovarium. The works not only grace the cover of the newly reinstated SNAPline publication but a fine art copy of the print is mailed to all who subscribe.

SNAPline might sound a bit like angling terminology and that might work well for the Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists. The not-for-profit artist-run centre is using the newly relaunched quarterly thematic publication to try to lure in more attention and members to the fold.

The magazine’s Spring 2017 edition – known as the God edition – explores the relationship between religion and printed words and images, notably the unique textural work of St. Albert print artist Karen Cassidy right there on the cover.

The front and back cover images – details from a digitally enhanced print works called Spiritus in the Ovarium 2 v2 and 1 v2, fit right in to the magazine’s theme.

“The history of printmaking is steeped in the history of religion,” reads the preamble. “From early woodblock rubbings of the Buddha to the Gutenberg Bible – printmaking technology translated the mystical and unknown into tangible form.”

“A lot of the discussion throughout is surrounded around God,” Cassidy explained.

The glossy chapbook style publication includes written essays and articles on the subject contributed by Blair Brennan, Carolyn Jervis, Wendy McGrath (interviewing Tim Grieco), and Robin Willey, along with a colouring book-style series of pages called Sweet Jesus by Borys Tarasenko. Cassidy herself offers an artist’s statement about her art as “a visual expression of a dreamtime experience,” calling it a story about spiritual consciousness.

She noted that her artistic process is a mixture of the old and the new, starting with an image developed in Photoshop that is then shot onto a photosensitive plate, rolled by hand with ink and finally put through a printing press.

Copies of the limited edition fine-art print of one of the Spiritus in the Ovarium images are included with the publication to all SNAP members. A yearly SNAPline membership costs $150 while an individual membership is $40 and a student membership is $20. SNAPline started in 1988 but went on hiatus for a period until its revival last month. Each edition features a different print artist.

For 35 years, SNAP has become one of the country’s major centres for research and innovation in printmaking, offering a unique forum for discussion and examination of critical and theoretical issues related to printmaking and image culture, as well as gallery and workshop space to members.

SNAP’s main gallery currently features the exhibit called The Formalist’s Library with works by Jason Urban (until Saturday, April 22) while Sara Norquay has a display called Citizen of the World in the Jasper Avenue window.

SNAP is located at 10123 121 St. in Edmonton. Call 780-423-1492 or visit www.snapartists.com for more information.

Graphic arts in more ways than one

The Edmonton Tattoo and Arts Festival this weekend is getting the attention it deserves with the help of a Sturgeon County-raised tattoo artist who designed its program cover.

Jessica Wright of Capital Tattoo in Edmonton designed the graphic image of a woman with perfect makeup and hair, along with fairly sharp nails and a spray of red stemming from a jagged slash in her neck.

The festival runs from Friday to Sunday at the Northlands Expo Centre and will feature more than 250 local and international artists and a variety of stage performances.

Admission is $25 at the door or $50 for the weekend. Kids 14 and under are free but opening night from 4 p.m. till midnight is for adults only. More information can be found by visiting www.albertatattoos.com.

Scott Hayes: Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.