Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor

The work of five regional printmakers-- Mary Ott, Margaret Adams Parker, Deron Decesare, Ron Meick and Peggy Adams Parker--are exhibited showcasing paintings, sculpture and prints.

Deron DeCesare - Artist Statement:

I usually begin with rough sketches in pencil, charcoal, or pastel.  As ideas develop, I am faced with a choice: pursue the image as a print or a painting.  Drypoint - a medium in which marks are scratched into a metal plate, then inked and printed - has been my primary printmaking method. Choosing whether to print or paint has, in the past, been a fairly straightforward choice between the contrasting mediums of drypoint and watercolor. As I grow as an artist though, I find I am adding more printmaking media to my repertoire.  I now produce monotype, monoprint, chine collé, linocut, and mixed media prints as well as drypoints.  Some of these, particularly monotype, can be used to achieve quite painterly results, blurring the line between print and pure painting.”

Edward McCluney – Artist Statement/Biography

I have been a successful Printmaker/ Painter since earning my Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Printing and Painting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

My professional career began as a teacher and artist, at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts, where I taught in the Fine Arts and Art Education departments. My teaching assignments in Fine Arts were Basic Drawing, Illustration, Life Drawing, Portrait Drawing, Design, and Printmaking. In the department of Art Education, I taught Basic and Two- dimensional Design, as well as Methods and Materials, Color Theory, and Curriculum Development. I taught successfully for sixteen years in Boston, earning the rank of Associate Professor.

During that same time period, 1970 through 2008, I created and exhibited hundreds of etchings, lithographs, relief prints and paintings in professional galleries. I have exhibited in more than fifty group shows and mounted more than thirty, One Man shows. I not only exhibited in these shows, but at times, I helped in mounting them. My works have been featured in newspaper articles, on video and in art magazines and brochures.

Although mostly black and white, my etchings are sometimes deeply bitten, sepia toned shaped zinc plates with dashes of color. My relief prints are often shaped, cut and created with simple lines and blocks of color. Other blocks often utilize left over, cut marks to carry the images. Subjects are often people, structures, and nature; especially trees.  

Ron Meick - Artist Statement

I believe in a pluralistic and inclusive process of object making.  My work contains residue from the visual environment such as world events,

archeological, economic, scientific, and social developments. Printmaking, sculpture, drawing, painting, and other media are all useful means for the expression of an idea. This recent work was derived from my time spent as a stockbroker and interests regarding the social behavior of the marketplace.




Mary D. Ott - Biography

My home and my printmaking studio are both in Silver Spring, MD. After a 20-year career in educational research, I became a visual artist in the early 1990s. My art education included courses in painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, private acrylic painting classes with Anne Marchand of Washington, DC, and printmaking workshops at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring.

I’ve been a member of Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC since 2001. Acrylic painting, Intaglio, monotype, and screenprinting are my primary media. Much of my imagery is derived from nature. In particular I have created a number of related paintings and etchings that include images of blades of grass.

For the acrylic paintings, I used a piece of embroidery yarn dipped in acrylic paint as my “brush” to create the blades of grass. For the etchings, I used a piece of thread to apply acid-resistant liquid to a zinc plate and then etched the plate. I printed the resulting plate in a number of different ways, producing some images that look like fields of grass and others that are abstract designs.

Margaret Adams Parker - Biography 

Margaret (Peggy) Adams Parker is a sculptor and printmaker whose work often deals with religious and social justice themes. WOMEN, her suite of 15 woodcuts depicting women’s strength and beauty, is in the collection of the Library of Congress.  Her woodcut, African Exodus, serves as the frontispiece to the UNHCR publication, Refugee Children.  And she created 20 woodcuts for Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth through Image and Text (Westminster John Knox, 2003.)  Her sculpture of MARY is installed at the Cathedral College, on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral, and at churches across the country, and her Reconciliation, depicting the parable of the prodigal son, was commissioned by Duke Divinity School.  Her sculpture, Grieving, was one of six under final consideration in Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial design competition.  Parker designed the logo for Amnesty International’s 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.. 

A graduate of Wellesley College, Parker holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from American University, where she was awarded the Wolpoff Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Drawing and Works on Paper and The Glassman Award as Outstanding Woman Artist.  She has been awarded a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and has been a Coolidge Fellow at the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. 

Parker taught for 17 years at the Art League School at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.  She has taught on the adjunct faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary since 1992, and she writes and lectures widely on the role of the visual arts in the church.   A member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, she has served on the board of The Washington Print Club and as editor of The Washington Print Club Quarterly.  Parker exhibits as a member of Washington Printmakers Gallery.