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Speaking of art: Talk & Tour at TECO

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DSC02796Last night I was back at TECO public art gallery in downtown Tampa for another Talk and Tour.  This time Debra Radke, gallery curator, was showing her own work.  Debra is both a painter and a printmaker. Much of her work is inspired by nature, and my favorites were the prints featuring flowers.  I learned from her talk that many of these were inspired by a book of dried flowers kept in her family since the early 1900’s.

As a printmaker, Radke uses a combination of dry point and monotype in her work.  In dry point printing, the artist uses a needle to etch lines into a metal plate.  The artist then applies ink to the plate.  Finally, the plate is run through a press that transfers the image to paper.  This produces something that resembles a pen and ink drawing.  Monotype is used to add color.

The TECO Talk and Tour receptions are a great way to learn about an artist’s technique and inspiration.  Radke’s paintings and prints, 27 in total, will be on display at the TECO art gallery through October 30, 2015.

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Jennifer Ring

Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.

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