Colorful sea creatures are coming to life on the walls of Gallery 6 at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire now through January 29, 2010. The Aquatic Impressions exhibit features unique, lifelike images of sea stars, anemones, whales, lobsters and more by Nottingham, NH artist Matthew Smith. These etchings, full of color, depth and texture, display the highest level of craftsmanship and natural beauty. All of the prints in this show were created using Matthew's one-of-a-kind printing process based on traditional methods. Copper block etching has its roots in the centuries-old Italian craft called intaglio. Master craftsman used acid to carve intricate drawings onto sheets of copper. These copper plates were then coated with ink and pressed onto paper to print multiple copies of the images etched into them. Matthew Smith has refined and reinvented this process to produce complex, color-saturated results the early masters could not have imagined.
Matthew Smith is an inventor, a creator, a maker of things. When he was a commercial fishing captain, Matthew made innovative nets to catch haddock and halibut in the North Atlantic. After leaving the fishing industry, Matthew built a log cabin on the shore of Quincy Pond in Nottingham, New Hampshire. Here he started a small company - Quincy Pond Print Works - to help him create his prints, frame them to museum standards, and make them available to collectors in New England and across the country. He now also owns and operates the Copper Canoe gallery in Exeter, NH.
|$8 – adults & children over 1 year of age $7 – seniors age 65+ No charge for museum members and children under age 1.|
Children's Museum of New Hampshire