The Arkell Museum Presents Water-Marks: Etchings, Monotypes, & Paintings by Deborah Geurtze
August 10 – December 29, 2019
The work of New York State artist/printmaker Deborah Geurtze reflects a deeply rooted connection to the landscape of New York State. This exhibit will include new and retrospective paintings, color etchings, and monotypes highlighting the Mohawk Valley and Erie Canal.
Of Hudson River Dutch ancestry, Geurtze is descended from a long line of draftsmen, engravers, and painters who immigrated to Albany in the mid-19th century. Her interest in printing was sparked while a teenager working for her uncle at the Fort Plain Standard – Canajoharie Courier.
I made offset plates for the Standard/Courier on Saturdays...when it was quiet and Uncle Bill (Clarke) could tutor me. That was where my interest in printing was piqued, but I had no idea how lush fine art printing was until I walked into the print shop in Potsdam...
This exhibition centers on the waterways, land forms, and people of the area where the southern reaches of the Adirondacks meet the northern reaches of the Catskills, and where rivers and streams tumble over and through the limestone and shale of the Mohawk Valley, celebrating the path of the Erie Canal.