On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the opening reception for the Beyond Borders exhibition took place from 5 to 7 pm at the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery. The reception was hosted by the gallery along with Seattle Print Arts, who also provided refreshments. The exhibit, a collaboration featuring a multitude of artists, will be open until January 29. Gallery hours are 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday, with evening hours being 5 to 7 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Seattle Central’s Atrium cafeteria, located in the middle of the main Broadway Edison building. Admission to the gallery is free.
The exhibit pays homage to Seattle and Oaxaca’s strong printmaking connection, which dates back to over thirty years ago. Juan Alcázar, a master printmaker from Oaxaca, forged the relationship when he came to Seattle and began to show his work at Davidson Galleries. Originally, the gallery hesitated – only to take a chance on Alcázar after customers adored his work, solidifying the connection between the two cities.
“Oaxaca has become very dear to me over the years,” states Eva Isaksen, one of the artists featured. “It is a place where friendships have developed, and art exchanges have taken place during my many visits. It has inspired me through its colorful landscapes, its rich culture, its vibrant art scene and its very friendly people. As the world is today, connections like this, beyond borders, are more important than ever.” Her colorful piece is made with items from her garden, used to create monoprints on fiber paper. It hangs beside others in the room lined with prints done by both Oaxaqueño and Seattle artists.
A more complete list of artists can be found on Beyond Borders page on the gallery website.