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WASHINGTON, DC- The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce its newest gallery exhibit, BLOSSOM DC. BLOSSOM DC opens on March 16, 2012 with a nighttime opening reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC, this show celebrates the beauty and youthful energy of spring's blossoms. Most exciting for the gallery is the large number of prints by local DC artists included in the show, which are coupled with a selection of works by NY contemporary artists and several early 20thcentury printmakers. Highlights from BLOSSOM DC include new prints by DC artist Marti Patchell- intensely saturated works, composed of pulsing reds and hot pinks. Her large show stopping pieces rely on a combination of etching, reliefs, and stencils, creating prints that are cacophonous in color, untamed and stimulating homages to spring’s budding energy. In contrast, Susan Goldman’s large scale woodcut plays with layers. Abstract blue and black brushstrokes create a deep and dark abyss, from which a large deep-red blossom emerges. Local artist Philip Bennet’s prints are less representational, rooted in abstract forms and color interaction. His loose spills of paint and prismatic color schemes make for refreshing and organic monoprints. BLOSSOM DC will open with a nighttime reception on Friday, March 16, from 5-8pm at the Old Print Gallery, located in the heart of Georgetown. Many of the artists will be in attendance, to share their inspiration and answer questions regarding their work and process. Free wine and light refreshments will be served, and the event is open to all ages. Selected Artists: Phillip Bennet, Childe Hassam, Susan Goldman, Su-Li Hung, Gene Kloss, Yvette Lucas, Marian Osher, Marti Patchell, Laurent Schkolnyk, Erwin Thamm, and Emily Trueblood. About The Old Print Gallery: Established in 1971, and known for its wide selection of antique prints and maps, in the last four years The Old Print Gallery has expanded into the world of contemporary printmaking. The gallery was transformed to create space to showcase new work by artists such as Nickolas Schiller, Susan Goldman, and Jake Muirhead, as well as local printmakers from the Washington Printmakers Gallery. The Old Print Gallery now also hosts printmaking workshops and demonstrations, hoping to establish itself as a source of inspiration and information for print artists, enthusiasts, and the general public. (Image Credit: Taiwan Cherry Tree by Su-Li Hung. Oil on canvas, 2009-10.)

### Media contact: Caroline Bonardi, Laura Graham/ 202-965-1818/ The Old Print Gallery st 1220 31 Street NW Washington DC 20007

BLOSSOM DC Press Release  

BLOSSOM DC March 16, 2012- May 11, 2012 Opening Reception: March 16, from 5-8pm.

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