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October 2011

Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center in Asheville, NC, Offers Works by Porge Buck

The Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center in Asheville, NC, will present the exhibit, Porge Buck: A Retrospective, on view in the Flood Gallery from Oct. 1 - 29, 2011. A reception will be held on Oct. 1, from 7-10pm.

Buck, a pioneer of Asheville’s River Arts District, has been producing prints, mostly intaglio, for the better part of sixty years. She gave no thought to genre or subject matter, but realized as time passed that categories do exist, even in works produced years apart. Her work falls loosely into the categories of Structure, Contemporary Relics, and Flights of Fancy and reflect a print tradition of curious subject matter, at once commonplace and personal. When asked about her work, Porge replied: “I try to leave the viewer alone to bring his or her singular imagination and interpretation to the work. It is, after all, a visual art.”

Buck’s primary media are line etching, aquatint and now mezzotint, largely monochrome except for the occasional foray into multi-plate color, printed wet-on-wet. She prefers working alone in order to maintain the discipline needed during the rather complicated process of plate preparation. Buck’s editions are small and sometimes incomplete, or completed at a later date. “I have never worked with the market in mind,” the artist says, “but for my own satisfaction.”

Buck’s retrospective exhibits examples of trial, error, experiment and the occasional success. She says, “Printmaking has not been a career, but a thread through my life; thinner or more dense, depending on circumstances.”

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 828/255-0066 or visit (


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