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First Friday Artwalk

Debra Mixon Holliday
“Once Around the Sun" 
Collagraph Etchings


Opening Reception 
 Friday, July 5th, 5-9pm
Artist's Talk 6 pm


Printmaking Demo
Saturday, July 6th, 1-3 pm

Gallery Hours 11am - 9pm 

March, collagraph etching with watercolor, 18"x24

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About The Artist

Butterfield Garage July Artist of the Month is printmaker Debra Mixon Holliday  debuting her new series of collagraphs “Once Around the Sun”.  An Artist Talk, First Friday July 5 at 6pm is an opportunity to meet the artist hear the behind-the-scenes view of her printmaking process. 

 

The series “Once Around the Sun” celebrates and spotlights the native flora and fauna of our Northeast Florida region. With each image representing a month in the calendar year, the series presents an artist’s interpretation of places and living creatures we can actually encounter in our area. Debra began the series earlier this year after winning an “Arts for All” grant from the St. Johns Cultural Council.  

 

Collagraph etching, Debra’s chosen medium for the series, is a non-traditional printmaking technique that uses low-tech, low toxicity materials, such as matboard, to create etching plates. (Traditional etching uses metal plates and a number of chemicals that can be avoided with collagraphs.) In her home studio, Debra uses an artist’s press to create one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled etchings from the collagraph plates, which she then enhances with watercolor. Winning the Arts for All grant set her on a challenging path to create a large body of collagraph etchings in a much larger format than she had ever made in the past.

 

In her current work, Debra seeks to to integrate her experience as an artist and printmaker with a naturalist’s eye for flora and fauna. Sharing with viewers her passion for our native environment, she hopes to open pathways for viewers to connect to the wildness, however small, that we still have around us. Falling in love with the collagraph etching technique, Debra feels this low-tech approach is a very appropriate way to convey the stories and the specialness of the creatures and the environments they rely on, as well as our relationships to them.

 

Debra is a life-long resident of Florida, having grown up along the central Gulf coast of the state. As a child, she had free rein to wander her grandparents’ farm and ranch there. Those wanderings began a foundation of watching and observing the flora and fauna of the Southeast that now influence her art.

 

She holds a BA in visual arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and a BA in English from the University of South Florida.

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March Field Notes, collagraph etching with watercolor, 5"x7" by Debra Mixon Holliday

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March Bee and Thistle, collagraph etching with watercolor, 5"x7" by Debra Mixon Holliday

Printmaking Demonstration

Debra Mixon Holliday  will be Demonstrating Collagraph Printing Saturday, July 6 and July 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery. Debra will have her portable “baby” press to show behind-the-scenes of how a collagraph print is made.

Sponsored in part by the St John's Cultural Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Stop in and see what's new and don't forget to pick up a Shuttle Sticker for complimentary shuttle service to St. Augustine galleries between 6-9 pm on the night of the Gallery Walk.

Learn About Cyanotypes with Nikki Rakov

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Butterfield member artist Nikki Rakov will lead a workshop on the cyanotype printing process at the St. Augustine Art Association on August 19. Learn more about the workshop and how to register.

BUTTERFIELD GARAGE

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery is a leader in the presentation of traditional and contemporary visual arts and fine crafts. As an artist-run gallery, we encourage the experience of direct accessibility and dialogue between artists, patrons and our community within Northeast Florida.
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