Frank, Alyese C. Bernstein, PETS

Frank, Alyse C. Bernstein, PETS, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s

“This lithograph was printed from marble, which is not a typical stone for printing lithographs (limestone is more popular). The print is of my now seven-year-old basset hound, Frank.” – Alyse C. Bernstein

“Marble Stone Lithography – In 2001, I met Per Anderson, the founder of La Ceibá Grafica, while studying aluminum plate lithography at the Tamarind Institute. Per took the time to instruct me on the nuances of printing from marble stone. Years later, during a sabbatical from work, I had the opportunity to visit La Ceibá to further explore the medium. All of the materials used, crayons, tusche wash, and ink were produced at the hacienda and were printed on either a commercial offset or locally made press.” – Alyse C. Bernstein

“The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for the purpose of hunting rabbits and hare. Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound.[1] The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning “low”, with the attenuating suffix -et, together meaning “rather low”. Basset Hounds are usually Bicolors or Tricolors of standard hound coloration.” – Wikipedia

PETS, 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Frank’s, is an art show with a big heart. 20% of proceeds are directed at animal welfare organizations. PAWS and Street Tails Animal Rescue. The collection of artworks on the gallery wall at Frank’s is the result of a history of community and social practice. I was honored to be part of the jury, the selection process is very intense and interesting with a majority rule to winnow down the hundreds of images into a manageable installation of mixed media artworks. Artists love animals.

Frank by Alyse C. Bernstein is a work of art that represents the connection between people and pets. Watching a sleeping dog is one of life’s great pleasures. When Katy the Art Dog is having doggie dreams I imagine her running through the woods chasing rabbits. When her paws gallop and she yelps in her sleep the feeling of connection to our relationship is deepened knowing she feels safe enough to dream. In this etching, Alyse C. Bernstein, captures that doggie dream moment with marks and texture etched into the hard stone with the luxurious mixture of representational drawing and surface abstraction. Achieving that sense of liveness in art is important to our collective consciousness, sharing the dream reaches a deep part of being self aware. Frank won the Jury Award: A PAWS from the Jury.

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