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For Immediate Release
August 21, 2002
6 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.782.8672 / Fax: 804.782.9880
Contact: Christina Newton, Public Relations Coordinator
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Printmakers and Book Artists Create Diverse Works on Paper

RICHMOND, VA - Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond, is pleased to announce the premiere of "Black Boxes" by Mark Shepheard & Deirdra McAfee and "ONE/OFF Printmakers: A Survey." The public is invited to a reading by Deirdra McAfee on Friday, September 6 at 6:30pm, and the opening reception from 7:00-10:00pm. Also appearing at Artspace during the run of the exhibition is the popular "Art-o-mat." Exhibitions close on Sunday, September 29, 2002.

"Black Boxes" is a collaborative project between visual artist Mark Shepheard and writer Deirdra McAfee. The date of the exhibition's opening dictated the name and theme of the show. Working in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Shepheard and McAfee began to ponder the idea "that people, too, are like black boxes, unpredictable and inscrutable, even to themselves." The border between art and word is blended in their collection of 20 handmade wooden cubes. Inside each four- inch box is an egg adorned with words. The orbs hold bits of verse or short story, contributed by McAfee. Shepheard creates the rice paper covered boxes that hold the solitary fragile egg. The freedom of their process gives way for each to respond to the other's part. The end product is surprise and discovery for both the artists and viewers.

"ONE/OFF Printmakers: A Survey" is a display of new prints created by 28 artists of ONE/OFF, the Richmond- based printmakers group founded in 1983. Included in the exhibition are: Peter Calvert, Ann Chenoweth, Warren Corrado, Nick Cossitt, Nancy David, Janet DeCover, Don Earley, Steven Fishman, Suzanne Fortin, David Freed, Joan Gaustad, Janet Gilmore, Jack Glover, Tucker Hill, Mary Holland, Mitzi Humphrey, Kris Iden, Dawn Latane, Jim Nottingham, Paula Nottingham, Mel Paca, Chris Palmer, Laura Pharis, Carolyn Sharp, Ed Steinberg, Barbara Tisserat, Randy Toy, and Phillip Wetton. ONE/OFF characterizes the developments in contemporary printmaking, examining a variety of printmaking techniques - etching, screenprinting, lithography, and relief. The group has exhibited in Glasgow, Scotland; London, England; Columbus, Missouri and throughout Virginia. Artspace also welcomes the "Art-o-mat" which will feature the work of the ONE/OFF Printmakers group. "Art-o-mat" is a refurbished cigarette machine featuring small works of art at the affordable price of $5 each.

Artspace is a nonprofit gallery for the visual and performing arts, promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts. The gallery is open Wednesday - Sunday from 12:00 - 4:00pm, and by appointment. Learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org


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