The Columbia Art Gallery continues its ongoing tradition of First Friday openings, now joined by downtown Hood River merchants, with its October show -- Northwest Print Council print show.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served and gallery members will greet visitors and answer questions.
The Northwest Print Council is a nonprofit organization which was formed for the purpose of promoting, through education, the printmaking process as an art form equal to painting and sculpture.
Printmaking as an art form, and distinguished from photomechanical reproductions and posters, dates from the 1960s and is the subject of ongoing and lively debate.
The element which distinguishes art prints from copies is the artist's intimate involvement with the printing process.
As described by the Print Council, prints have an aesthetic of their own, resulting from the interaction of ink, paper and press.
The show will represent a number of traditional art print forms in the 40-pieces selected from Print Council members' work.
Several accomplished printmakers from the area whose work can be seen at the Columbia Art Gallery are Sue Allen, Carrie Bauman, Marilyn Bolles, Peggy Dills Kelter, Sorcha Meek, Jane Pagliarulo and Shelly Smith.