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November 2013

Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, SC, Features Works by Mark Mulfinger and Celebrates 6th Anniversary

The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, in Greenville, SC, will present an exhibit of works by Mark Mulfinger, on view from Nov. 4 - 30. 2013. A reception will be held on Nov. 9, from 5-8pm. The gallery will also celebrate its 6 year anniversary on Nov. 1, from 6-9pm, with a special unveiling of a commissioned portrait by member artist Diarmuid Kelly at 7pm.

Mulfinger holds an MA in Studio Art and currently free-lances full-time. He also teaches painting, printmaking, drawing and batik.

After a number of years of focusing on batik as his main medium, Mulfinger discovered linocuts as a “sister medium.” The progression from light to dark values parallels that of batik, with the advantage, in the “new” field of printmaking, of several individual, original pieces. In addition, linocuts with their layers of color, averaging twelve in depth, provide a rich, tactile presence akin to oil painting.

Mulfinger executes linocuts using the reduction method of printing. After each printing of color, the plate is cut away until the final, darkest skeletal lines remain. By definition, this process decrees an intrinsically limited edition - usually between 20-50 original, hand-cut, hand-rolled, hand-pulled pieces. This qualifies them for, in collector’s parlance, a “rare” designation.

Mulfinger resides in Greenville with his wife and five children.

Mulfinger offered the following artist statement: “Most of my artwork is dependent upon the visible world immediately around me.”

“My numerous sketchbooks attest to my obsession with drawing anything in my environment. Even the simplified forms around me when confined to a flat surface impress me with a new found essence. The reality that arises from extracting forms from nature fuels my creative process encouraging me to compose with shadow and color.”

“My work is purely visual; if it does not arrest the viewer by itself without a verbal explanation, I consider it ineffective.”

While walking along Main Street, Greenville, an idea for a cooperative art gallery was born. “With such a beautiful setting and an abundance of talented artists, it was a natural fit,” stated Laura Buxo, creator and founder of the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville. Starting with 18 local artists in Nov. 2007, the gallery has been open seven days per week with permanent display space for each member artist. Each month a different local guest artist is highlighted on one of the premiere walls with a meet-the-artist reception.

Thousands of dollars have been raised by the gallery at charity events for the American Heart Association, Greenville Humane Society, American Red Cross and Foothills Search and Rescue. The Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville also dedicates a wall for local student artists to display their art at no cost. During the past three years, the gallery has developed and hosted a Juried Small Works Show with entries coming from several states.

The public is welcome to the Artists Guild Gallery’s 6-year Anniversary celebration Friday, Nov. 1, from 6-9pm.

Ongoing at the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville; the AGGG members and their eclectic mix of works; Dottie Blair, Laura Buxo, Gerda Bowman, Pat Cato, Dale Cochran, Robert Decker, Kathy DuBose, Pat Grills, Mel Hammonds, Edith McBee Hardaway, Chris Hartwick, Megan Heuse, Russell Jewell, Diarmuid Kelly, John Pendarvis, David Waldrop and Erin Webb.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/239-3882 or visit (www.artistsguildgalleryofgreenville.com).

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