Wildwood Park for the Arts’ first 2017 Art in the Park exhibition features works by three young printmakers. Arkansas artists Miranda Young, Daniella Napolitano, and Sarah Burns will explore the natural world and its many configurations through various printmaking techniques and styles in Wildwood Park for the Arts’ winter/spring Art in the Park exhibit, Nature in Print: Arkansas Printmakers Exploring the Natural World. Miranda Young’s bold, large-scale monotype prints and colorful 3D sculptures create abstract meditations on the spiritual and emotional meanings that humans place on animals. Daniella Napolitano’s childhood fascination with nature and animals is evident in her sometimes-exaggerated prints of animals in action. Nature as words is the inspiration for Sarah Burns’ shadowy linocuts of various trees. “Nature in Print” will open February 24 and close April 9, 2017. The exhibit is installed in the Galleries at Wildwood, Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, in west Little Rock, AR. Art may be viewed weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m. at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, in west Little Rock, AR. There is no fee to visit the Art in the Park exhibits.
Miranda Young currently teaches printmaking for the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School and is a scenic designer and properties master for the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Daniella Napolitano also works at the Arkansas Arts; her artistic talents include photography, too. Sarah Burns teaches art and technology at Western Hills Elementary.
An opening reception for “Nature in Print” will be on March 2, 6 pm – 8 pm. The reception is free to the public and is sponsored by Boulevard Bread Co. During the opening reception, Daniella Napolitano will demonstrate relief printing for reception guests. At 7 pm, there will be a House Concert by Arkansas musician John Willis who will perform a jazz set. There is a $15 recommended donation for the House Concert.
In conjunction with the “Nature in Print” exhibit, a Nature Printmaking Workshop for Teens & Adults will be held on March 11 from 1 pm – 4 pm. In this hands-on workshop, Nature in Print artist Sarah Burns will guide workshop participants on using images from nature to inspire original multicolor foam print engraving plates. Once created the foam print plates can be combined and printed multiple times for a variety of effects. Beginners to advanced artists will enjoy creating original engravings by hand using a non-toxic simple process. Cost for the workshop is $60. The three-hour workshop is appropriate for ages 13 years + up. Registration is required and limited to 20 people. To learn more about the Art in the Park exhibits and to register for the Nature Printmaking Workshop for Teens & Adults, please visit www.wildwoodpark.org or contact Dr. Rachel Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 501.821.7275 ext. 259.
Wildwood Park for the Arts enriches the lives of Arkansans of all ages by creating community through nature and the arts. Art in the Park’s vision is to create a dynamic environment for the visual arts to be in conversation with contemporary culture, the community of Little Rock, and the natural environment of Wildwood Park.