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The Penny Redmond Fund Brings East Coast Artist Andrea Williams to Rockport for a Three-Day Workshop on a Variety of Monoprinting Techniques

The Fund Was Established By Evelyn Atkinson to Promote Artistic Excellence For Emerging Local Artists

New Jersey artist, Andrea Williams arrived in Rockport this Wednesday to prepare and conduct a workshop on monoprinting. One of the goals of her visit is to establish the use of a printing press donated to the Art Center by the late Al Barnes. Barnes passed away in 2015.

Evelyn Atkinson, poster artist in 1998, established the Penny Redmond Fund with the goal of promoting artistic excellence and providing a vehicle to help developing artists further their skills and learn new techniques that can be applied in the studio. Participation in the workshop is free of charge to members of the Art Center.

Williams’ journey to Rockport includes setting up the large printing press donated by the Barnes family and making it functional again for future workshops. Workshops using the press are already planned for October through the Artist-in-Residence program.

The Penny Redmond Fund will allow three visiting artists from across the United States to come to Rockport each year. “This is a wonderful complement to the Artist-in-Residence Program which provides significant and free art education in our community every year,” said Karen Ernst, Director of Education. The Fund will provide over 900 direct contact hours with students every year.

The next visiting artists are Lauren Redding from New York City who will be teaching a workshop in silver point and gold leafing and Diana Corvelle from Long Island, New York who will be teaching a workshop in gouache and paper cutting. These workshops will occur in late summer and early fall.

“We have had a lot of success with providing no-cost workshops through the Artist-in-Residence program. Artists & non-artists in our community appear more willing to branch outside their comfort zone with a free workshop,” said Elena Rodriguez, Director of Membership and Events.

“I am thrilled the workshop is full and that artists will get hands on use of the printing press and understand the wonderful techniques that are available in this medium,” said Andrea Williams. Originally from northwest Indiana, Williams studied figurative art in New York, Chicago, and Florence. She is inspired by people and their stories, their quirks, what they build, and what is left behind. Williams comes to Rockport fresh from the prestigious CAC residency in upstate New York.

Williams’ workshop ends Saturday May 7, 2016.

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