YELLOW SPRINGS — The Glen Helen Atrium Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Dayton artist, Andrea Starkey, entitled “Numbered – Moku Hanga,” traditional Japanese woodblock prints, between Tuesday, March 4 and Tuesday, April 29. Moku Hanga prints use water-based inks that provide a great variety of options for color and textures.
The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 At 3 p.m., Starkey will answer questions and give a demonstration of her block printing techniques.
Completely self-taught in drawing, pastels and Japanese printmaking, Andrea Starkey began working as a commercial artist at the age of 20, focusing on architectural illustration and graphic design.
Once she decided to make a living with her art, Skarkey put up fliers and got clients by word of mouth.
“I just kind of ran with it,” she said. Soon she was freelancing full time, working with builders, architects and realtors.
She also obtained work by being willing to take on almost any project.
When a client in California asked her to do a block-print mural on a wall several years ago, Starkey agreed to take on the job, even though she had never done wall murals.
“When someone asks me if I can do a certain kind of thing,” she said, “even though I don’t know exactly how it’s done, I usually just say ‘yes’ and then learn how to do it.”
She cites an ancient Chinese proverb that, in her case, has proven prophetic: “Give a man a brush, and he’ll always have work.”
Unlike many professionals, Starkey enjoys the selling aspect of her work: “I just love marketing,” she says. Skilled at promotion, as well as at her various arts, she has increased her audience while developing a variety of interests and techniques.
She is especially interested in working within the context of the Internet.
“I like the international platform that the Internet provides,” she states. When she began to work with traditional Japanese print making, she was able to connect with several on-line groups, and she found the Baren Forum, an international group of print makers, to be especially helpful.
“Everyone was so willing to give help,” she says, “and I still keep in touch. I feel like know them, even though they’re just on line.”
A single mother with two children in high school, Starkey works full time on the staff of LWC in Dayton, engaged in producing renderings, doing marketing and working with the company’s website. Her studio for printmaking and pastels is her kitchen, where she practices her arts after returning from work. She spends one day each week on getting new prints listed and promoting her work on line.
In 2005, she discovered a love of nature-inspired artwork with soft pastel, and she published nationally in The Pastel Journal. In 2008, she became enamored with Japanese printmaking, and since then, she has won awards in numerous juried competitions, including two best-of-show awards at the annual print shows of the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors. She now sells her prints and pastels to collectors not only in the United States (especially New York, Washington D.C., and the West Coast), but also to locations abroad such as the United Kingdom and Australia.
The Glen Helen Atrium Gallery is located in the Vernet Ecological Center (formerly the Glen Helen Building) at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free.
For more information call the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at 937-769-1902 or visit www.glenhelen.org.