The work of Cuesta College student printmakers will be on display in the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s McMeen Gallery from June 6 to June 29. This year’s exhibition focuses on the basic etching processes of drypoint, hard and soft ground etching, and aquatint. The juried exhibition, entitled Cuesta College Student Show, is sponsored by the Central Coast Printmakers and will feature 21 pieces created by Cuesta College’s spring semester etching students.

“‘He who cannot sketch, cannot etch,’” quotes Cuesta College printmaking instructor Leslie Sutcliffe from John J. Barry’s 1929 book titled How to Make Etching’s. “Our ideas of what makes a good drawing today and what traditional printmakers considered acceptable drawing styles and subjects in 1929 are miles apart. The breadth of expressive technique and style in these etchings is what most impresses me about the work in this show.”

In conjunction with Art After Dark (a program of Arts Obispo), an opportunity to meet members of the Central Coast Printmakers and Cuesta College art students and faculty will take place at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on Friday, June 6, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., located at 1010 Broad Street, on the west end of Mission Plaza. A members-only artist talk begins at 5:00 p.m. Regular museum hours are 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily; closed Tuesdays.

Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / / Posted: 5/28/14