October 9, 2011 – On Thursday evening, Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California opened at the Norton Simon Museum. Proof is part of Pacific Standard Time (PST). The Associate Curator as well as the various departments at the Norton Simon Museum did a fantastic job in putting together the exhibition. The curator’s speech gave a history of printmaking in Southern California as well as offered a back story of the idea of the exhibition. The memorable part of her speech was giving recognition to the original printmakers and artists, some of whom were in attendance such as the cofounder of Gemini G.E.L. The curator also gave tribute to June Wayne, one of the pioneers of the collaboration between printmakers and artists and who opened the Tamarind Workshop. Wayne served as a mentor and resource for the curator during the planning of the Proof exhibition. The curator expressed her hopes of Wayne being in attendance, but unfortunately she passed away on August 23, 2011. People who’ve known June Wayne and worked with her were attendance. They nodded their heads and some applauded agreeing to Wayne’s contribution to the art world and printmaking. The exhibition not only gives people the opportunity to learn the history of printmaking as an art, but it honors and shows appreciation to the artists who were and are involved with the art form.
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