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New Arts Center exhibit features Driesbach prints

“Old Car - New Ten” is one of the prints on display for the Arts Center’s latest exhibit by printmaker David Driesbach. The exhibit opens Thursday. Chris Olson The Sun

People who go to see the new exhibit at the Arts Center this week may notice a theme in some of the work from printmaker David F. Driesbach: money.

Sally Jeppson, gallery manager at the Arts Center, said Driesbach uses imagery from currency, like the U.S. $1 bill, in six of the pieces that will be on display starting Thursday at the Arts Center. The exhibit is open until Dec. 9.

“What does every printmaker want to do? Play around with printing money,” she said.

Driesbach’s exhibit, called “David Driesbach: Spectacles, Top Hats and Ties,” will have 37 pieces on display. Jeppson said the exhibit was organized by Ryan Stander, an assistant professor in Minot State University’s art program. She said Minot State received a gift of prints from Driesbach and his family.

“They are amazing prints, highly detailed,” she said about Driesbach’s work.”He pulls elements from famous artwork and uses them in his prints.”

Jeppson said two of the pieces in the exhibit include the original watercolor painting and the print Driesbach created later from the same image.

“There is also a lot of information about printmaking techniques and some of the printing plates he (Driesbach) used in creating his prints with the exhibit,” she said.

Driesbach taught for 39 years at different institutions and retired in 1991 from Northern Illinois University where he was appointed Distinguished Emeritus Professor, according to Jeppson.

On his website, davidfdriesbach.com, Driesbach said he has always admired the prints and drawings of Picasso, Chagall and Ernst and other classical and modern painters, and is fascinated by these artists’ microscopic detail in their work.

Driesbach said it has always been enjoyable to have a blank copper sheet in front of him with only a vague idea of what he will do with it.

colson@jamestownsun.com

(701) 952-8454

There is also a lot of information about printmaking techniques and some of the printing plates he (Driesbach) used in creating his prints with the exhibit.

SALLY JEPPSON, gallery Arts manager Center ,

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

(701) 952-8454
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