Fourth National Monotype/ Monoprint Juried Exhibition Programming & Events

April 6 – May 7, 2016
Attleboro Arts Museum

86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

Registration for all events at the Attleboro Arts Museum are requested, but not required: 508-222-2644 x10 or



Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7-9 pm
Attleboro Arts Museum

Please join us in celebrating the expansive vision and myriad techniques employed by 100 monotype and monoprint artists. Juror Andrew Stevens will provide a short talk on the selection of the works. Merit and materials awards will be presented.

Cash bar. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. Proper identification will be required at the door. Registration for all events at the Attleboro Arts Museum are requested, but not required: 508-222-2644 x10 or

Gallery Talk

Saturday, April 9 at 2-4 pm
Attleboro Arts Museum
Kate Higley_Profile PhotoThe Many Styles of the Unique Print
with Kate Higley, MGNE Exhibitions Chair

Just how do artists make these images?  Join MGNE Exhibitions Chair, Kate Higley, as she explores the varied techniques and styles of printmaking on view in the exhibition. Based on thirty-five years’ experience as a printmaker, Kate will take you on a tour of the exhibition and discuss process.  Lithographs, woodcuts, collagraphs,  etchings, drypoints, viscosity prints and monotypes will all be explained.  Some prints may still remain a mystery, but this artist talk will be informative to the uninitiated and to artists alike.

Kate Higley began printmaking while living in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980’s. She holds a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University where her final project was a suite of large scaled works based upon microscopy.  Based on those interests, Higley first taught biology and then visual arts in a career that spanned twenty years.  Working in Washington, DC, afforded her the opportunity to be a part-time student at the Corcoran College for Art from 1997-2007. Returning to New England in 2007, she served on the board of the New Hampshire Art Association and is current president of the Women’s Caucus for Art New Hampshire Chapter.  Recent exhibits include “Sixty Square Inches, the 18th North American Small Print Competition” at Purdue University Galleries and the “4th Biennial International Footprint Competition and Exhibition” at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.  The biological as well as abstract landscape continues to inform her work which can be viewed on her website

Printmaking Symposium and Demonstrations

Saturday April 30 at 2-4 pm
Attleboro Arts Museum
Join three MGNE artists and board membersPaula  DeSimone, Diane Francis, and Carolyn Letvinas they walk you through the varied techniques used in monotype and monoprint printmaking.

Paula DeSimone, Monotype Collage.

Paula DeSimone, Monotype Collage

Collage With Monotype: A Creative Process
with Paula DeSimone, Current MGNE Education & Programming Chair

Enjoy a colorful demonstration on how to build layers of papers, colors and textures to create a collage. This presentation focuses on the art of collage making where monotypes cut/torn are incorporated to form interesting compositions and then adhered to a  background support. The methods and materials used in this process will be explained.  Finished examples by presenter will be showcased along with a brief explanation of the creative process.  Cutting, tearing, scoring, juxtaposing elements, adhering techniques will be discussed as well as overall consideration to composition.

Paula DeSimone, artist, author and educator is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art.  DeSimone’s colorful and multi-layered works, paintings and monotypes have been selected into major International and National Juried Exhibitions. She currently teaches printmaking at the Attleboro Arts Museum.

Gelatin Plate Print DemoGelatin Printmaing for Beginners
with Diane Francis, Ex-MGNE Education & Programming Chair

Don’t have a press? New to printing? Give Gelatin Printing a try! Gelatin printing is a form of monprinting in which a gelatin slab is used as a printing “plate”. Gelatin printing is a fun, inexpensive printing process that anyone can do. It encourages creativity and the use of unexpected materials from everyday life. It is equally well suited for professional artists or children. The basic materials are inexpensive, non-toxic, and clean up with water! This process is excellent for those who do not have access to a press or have limited time to commit projects.

Diane T. Francis is an artist/educator. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture and a Master’s of Art Education. Diane has been in hundreds of juried exhibitions throughout the United States. She is represented by Gallery Seven and is in many private collections. Besides working in her studio, she teaches at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA.

Carolyn Letvin,

Carolyn Letvin, “Still Waters #2”

Oil Monotypes: How an Oil Painter Can Become a Printmaker 
with Carolyn Letvin, MGNE Communications Committee/Graphic Designer

Join Carolyn Letvin as she explores the “painterly print.” This demonstration will cover a basic printmaking process for oil painters. Using your current oil painting supplies and some simple tools, you can create beautiful, unique prints. It can easily be taken into the field for plein air monotyping. You will get the opportunity to experience applying paint to the plexiglass matrix and making a print at the end of the demonstration.

Carolyn Letvin is a resident of Milford, Massachusetts. She has exhibited in the New England area since 1990. Her three main bodies of work are of sheep, interiors and landscapes. She works on-site and from photographs. She has won many awards through the years, including the Top Award at the 18th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, an Honorary Mention/Sakura Award from the United Pastelists of America/Oil Pastel Association and a second place in the 2014 Blanche Ames National Juried Exhibition. Her work can be seen at Galatea Fine Art in Boston, MA, Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington, MA, Hudson Art & Framing in Hudson, MA and Gallery Wright in Wilmington, VT and on her website at She is on the board at the Concord Art Association and a board member for the Monotype Guild of New England.

Please note: registration for all events at the Attleboro Arts Museum are requested, but not required: 508-222-2644 x10 or


Juror’s Talk

Friday, April 8 at 2-4 pm.
Harvard Art Museums, Art Study Seminar
Members: $35.00

Andrew StevensA History of the American Monotype
with Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin

What is a monotype and what impact has this medium played in the history of printmaking? Join our Juror, Andrew Stevens, as he discusses the history of monotype through a selection of prints from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections. This conversational, close-looking seminar will consider some of the novel things that artists do to a plate by examining works on paper by a range of artist including Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Stanley William Hayter, John Stanton, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Eugene Higgins,  Glen Ligon and David Hammons. A full list of the prints that will be on view during the seminar can be previewed here.

Limited space available. Registration is required and payment must be made in advance.  For more information, click here.

Annual Meeting & Artist Talk

Saturday, May 7 at 2-4pm
Guest Speaker: Susan Rostow, Creator of Akua Inks
Attleboro Arts Museum

Susan RostowWe hope that you join us for 31st Annual Meeting of the Monotype Guild of New England to enjoy the exhibition, meet fellow MGNE members and have fun! A highlight of the Annual Meeting will be an Artist Talk and demonstration by MGNE Member Susan Rostow.

Susan Rostow is a New York City-based artist, educator and the inventor of Akua™ printmaking inks and accessories. Her one-of-a-kind mixed media sculptural books and prints have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Susan Rostow has made a major contribution to the practice of safer printmaking with Akua, and by teaching printmaking techniques without the use of hazardous materials. In 2012, Speedball Art Products acquired the Akua brand and Susan joined the Speedball team, creating new products and producing instructional videos. She has taught numerous printmaking workshops all over the world and maintains a studio in Brooklyn where she welcomes students. 

Registration for the Annual Meeting & Artist Talk is requested, but not required: 508-222-2644 x10 or Note: Following the demonstration, artists participating in the National Exhibition may pick-up their work.