Redwood Curtain Theatre proudly welcomes the art of Patricia Sennott to the theatre’s lobby gallery for the months of August and September. Sennott’s art medium has changed over the years, initially a silk and fabric painter when she finished school with a studio art degree, she then turned to watercolor painting and did that for many years. Since the late 90’s, Sennott discovered monotype printing as a way to challenge herself artistically. Monotype printing is often referred to as a “painterly” form of printmaking as the process is in some ways similar to the process of a creating painting, although the painted image is then run through an etching press; a process which distorts and changes the painting. Sennott comments “I never know how the image is going to turn out when it comes out of the press. This was a welcome change from the tighter, more controlled style I found myself settling into with my watercolor work.”
Printmaking is typically a medium that allows and encourages the artist to create multiple copies of the same image. By contrast, Sennott’s monotype printmaking is a unique process that yields single image prints. Sennott produces her monotypes by rolling paint onto a sheet of plexiglas then creating a design or image by removing the paint from the plexiglas. The plexiglas is then covered by a wet piece of archival paper and sent through a print press which forces almost all of the ink on the plexiglas onto the paper. “How the colors blend together and then come through onto the paper is always a surprise” Sennott explains, “in my more recent work, I’m exploring both the spontaneous printing I started with in addition to more planned approaches to the printing process.”
A member of the Arcata Artisans group, Sennott’s art is regularly on display in the organization’s Arcata gallery. The upcoming show at Redwood Curtain however gives patrons an opportunity to see a deeper range of Sennott’s work. The theatre gallery will be open for Arts Alive on August 5. The art will continue to be on display through Redwood Curtain’s September production of Disenchanted! that performs September 7-30. The Redwood Curtain theatre and gallery are located at 220 1st Street, Eureka. For additional information about Arts Alive at Redwood Curtain Theatre, Patricia Sennott’s art show or the upcoming theatre production visit www.redwoodcurtain.com or call the theatre at 707-443-7688.