One day as I was working with some abstract designs and overprinting them with a variety of tints and hues onto very thin Japanese paper I accidentally printed one image on the wrong side. It resulted in a slightly out of focus element. Thus, I was off and running, printing with abandon on this side and that and printing, and printing and printing until the image was resolved and the paper was so saturated that it would accept no more ink. This was a very exciting show to work on—it was stimulating to experiment with printing in a way that was uniquely, and wholly mine and had to be, more or less, from the hip. As the work progressed it became a game of wits and puzzles and hide and seek. But, when an image came to “be”, it was exhilarating. The resolution of the image took on an aura of poetry - each line being one unto itself, but necessary to the whole.
My granddaughter named the process “paintaglio”, a synergy of painting and intaglio. Each print is unique, it is a painting done with intaglio plates in place of brushes. When dry, the Japanese paper is trimmed and chine collé to Western printmaking paper.
Sharri LaPierre Sharri LaPierre's website
Born Spokane, WA
University of California, Irvine, CA BA in Studio Art
Independent Study with John Paul Jones, UC Irvine, CA
Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA AA in Art
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Workshops and Extention Classes
2007 Japanese Woodblock, Richard Steiner, Marylhurst U, Lake Oswego, OR
2006 Japanese Woodblock, Richard Steiner, Marylhurst U., Lake Oswego, OR
2005 BareBonesArt, Printmaking In The Sun, Dan Weldon, Vancouver, WA
2004 Japanese Woodblock, Richard Steiner/Graham Scholes, Victoria, BC
1997 University of Oregon, Non-toxic Printmaking, Geo. Roberts, Boise St. U.
1996 Pacific NW College of Art, Traditional Japanese Woodblock, Y. Hiratsuka
1995 Summer Art Institute: Royal Nebeker
1995 Mahaffey Fine Art: Lithography workshop, Mark Mahaffey.
1994 Summer Art Institute: Royal Nebeker & Squeak Carnwath, Mark Mahaffey.
1993 Pacific NW College of Art, Experimental Printmaking: Emily Ginsburg
1991-2 Pacific NW College of Art, Etching Classes, 2 terms: John Saling
1991 Pacific NW College of Art, Monomania Workshop: Tom Prochaska
1990 Pacific NW College of Art, Monomania Workshop: Myrna Burks & Christy
1983-4 University of California, Riverside, CA, Watercolor: Peggy Gray
1979 Etching : Dennis Weathers, Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA
1969-70 Woodblock and Silkscreen Course, The Studio, Carolyn Braun, Ridgecrest, CA
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007 New Ground: painting with intaglio plates, North Bank Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2004 New Impressions, Gallery 21, Vancouver, WA
2004 Rome-ing Abstractedly, Print Arts NW, Portland, OR
2002 El-ements: New Works, Gallery 21, Vancouver, WA
1999 Myth Adventures: New Works, Gallery 21, Vancouver, WA
1998 Myth Conceptions: Contemporary Allegories, Gallery 21, Vancouver, WA
1995 Olympus Today & Other Myths, Graven Images Gallery, Ashland, OR
1994 Olympus Today & Other Myths, Gallery 21, Vancouver, WA
1993 Works on and of Paper, Gallery 21, Vancouver, WA
1992 Cerro Coso Community College, College Gallery, Ridgecrest, CA
Spirit Cards, Gallery 21, Vancouver, WA
1987 University of California, Women's Resource Center, Irvine, CA
University of California, Administration Building, Irvine, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Bathers, North Bank Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2008 Cycle Seen, Portland, OR
2007 Paper Politics, Walker’s Point Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
Paper Politics, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI
2007 Group Exhibition, North Bank Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2006 Then and Now, Print Arts NW, 25th Anniversary Exhibion, PCC, Sylvania
2006 North Bank & Friends, Vancouver, WA
2006 BarenForum.Org, Summit Exhibition , North Bank Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2005-6 North Bank Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2004-5 American Print Alliance, Theater of the Mind, travelling exhibition
2004 Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
2003 Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2002 David Young Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. June Curator: Gregory Robison
Central Print Council of New Zealand, Wanganui, New Zealand, June 2-July 2
NY Fireman’s Benefit Portfolio. Exhibited, Arlington, NY, Illinois, Tampa Bay, FL
Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton, OR. Month of January
2001 Deschutes Library, Bend. OR ., May 1 - 31
Wish You Were Here, , Stocker Center Gallery, Elyria, OH May-June
2000 Festival des Artes, Ministry of Culture, Madrid, Spain. December, Invitational
University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, Sept. - Dec.
Beit_Gavriel, Israel, Nov. 20 - Dec. 31
1999 Children’s Museum, Portland, OR, Oct.- Dec.
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. 1 April - 1 June
Seeing Money, Portland Old Town Arts &Culture Foundation, Portland, OR
12th Annual Womens Works,Woodstock, IL Juror: Judith Nagel
Vancouver School of Arts/Academics, Vancouver, WA
1998 Pacific Intercultural Print Project, Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Jury: Dr. Gordon Gilkey, Susan Filen-Yeh, Margaret Van Patten, Peter Parshall,
1997 National Collage Society, Lorain Community College, Hudson OH, Jurors:
Leslie Miller, James Mateer, Reid Wood.
Summer Art at the Center, Juror: Prof. Lyle Matoush, Award.
Traditions Unbound, Print Council of NJ, Somerville, NJ, B.B. Shaun, Juror
Included in travelling exhibition.
Women's Works, Woodstock, IL, Juror: Renie Breskin Adams, A.M. Award
Print Art! , OR History Center, Portland, OR, Juror: Roberta Waddell
NWPC Traveling Exhibition, Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham, Mass
Traveling Exhibition, Ijira Art Museum, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Gallery Refusé Northwest Print Council, Portland, Oregon
1996 Group of Four Print Exhibition, Montage Gallery, Portland, OR
NW Collage Society, Regional Exhibition, Tolles Gallery, Mercer Is., WA
Oregon Dept. of Justice, NWPC Exhibition, Salem, OR
1996 Summertime: Images & Objects of Summer. Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ
Patty Haberman, Curator. Juror's Award
1996 Art Makes the Difference, Transition Projects, Inc., Portland, OR
16th Annual Print Exhibition, Artlink, Ft. Wayne, IN Thomas Keesee, Judge
Celebrate Women Artists, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
Water Resources Center, Opening Show, Vancouver, WA
1995 Three Women and a Print, Montage Gallery, Portland, OR
Northwest Print Council, Columbia Arts Center, Vancouver, WA
Fairbanks Art Association, Fairbanks, AK
Society of American Graphic Artists, New York City, NY
Northwest Print Council, Do Art Gallery, Beaverton, OR.
1995 National Collage Society/NW Region, Regional Exhibit, The Tolles Gallery,
Mercer Island, WA. Juror: Don Fels. Award.
Print Club of Albany, Triennial Exhibitiion, Schnectady Museum, Schnectady, NY
Juror: Michael Di Cerbo.
Northwest Print Council, Indigo Gallery, Lake Oswego, OR. Curator:
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Grand Opening Show, Stevenson, WA. Juror:
Linda Brady Johnson
National Collage Show, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH:
Jurors: Reid Wood, Fred Leach, George Schroeder. Judge: Helen Cullinan.
Hudson Society of Artists Award.
1994 Northwest Print Council, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
NCCS National Juried Show, Seattle Convention Center, Seattle, WA Jurors:Joan
Ross Blaedel, Lois Graham, Barbara Mack. Judge: Barbara Johns
1993 S.W. WA Exhibition, Olympia Museum, Olympia, WA Juror: James Archer
Frank Witherspoon Printmakers Awards, Dome Gallery, New York, NY
Jurors: Robert Birmelin and Robert Blackburn.
Ongoing- Barebones Art, teaching printmaking, painting and drawing in private studio.
2006 Woodblock Poster for Politik, Left, Right & Center, North Bank Gallery, Vancouver
2005 Sailfish Arts Festival, Martin County Arts Council, Stuart, FL
2002 Beaverton Arts Commission, judge & juror, Beaverton Show Case
Colored Pencil Society of American, Judge & juror National Show Carnegie Centr.
Art in the Pearl, etching demonstrations with waterbase intaglio ink
Poster art work and layout, 9th Annual Vancouver Home & Garden Tour
2000 Campaign design, Campaign logo, YWCA, Calypso Nights, Vancouver, WA
Slides of work used at Southern Graphics Council, Safety Panel, Miami, FL.
1999 Poster Design, dedication of Helen Shoen Center, Vancouver, WA
1998 Woodblock print Autumn Woman, chosen by SWIFT for Auction Campaign
1997 Graphic Design: Arts Crawl, Vancouver, WA
NWPC Teacher's Symposium, Portland State University, Portland, OR. Instructor
The Artist Within, Papermaking Class, C.A.C., Vancouver, WA. Instructor
Portland Art Museum, Museum Family Sun., Children's workshop,Portland,OR
1996 WSU, ME students. Paper Maché for Primary Students, CAC, Vancouver, WA
Teachers Symposium: NWPC, Instructor. Ainsworth Schl. Portland, OR
Art in the Wild; Columbia Arts Center, Instructor. BG Lake State Park, WA
New Artist Members Jury Committee: Northwest Print Council, Portland, OR
Monotype demonstration: Burrough High School, Ridgecrest, CA.
SEEP (Sand Canyon Enviornmental Education Program, Ridgecrest, CA
Logo design for Columbia Arts Center, Vancouver, WA
Logo design for SW Washington Children's Theater, Vancouver, WA
Mural Project, Columbia Arts Center, Vancouver, WA.
1995 Art Thou Interested, Columbia Arts Center, Vancouver, WA, Papermaking/Collage
instructor, one day workshop
Columbia Arts Guild Third Annual Juried Art Show, Juror
Arts Crawl, Downtown Vancouver, WA: Individual exhibitor & event consultant
Papermaking Demonstration, North Clackamas Fine Arts Guild, Gladstone, OR
Have a Heart Demonstration, Creative recycling, Downtown Vancouver Assn.
1994 Hidden House Art Competition, Vancouver Festival: organizer
Camp Fire Girls & Boys, Studio Printmaking Demonstrations
Private Individual Studio Instruction , on-going
Image Elementary School, Vancouver, WA, Art History Experience
1993 High School Workshop Printmaking Instructor, Cerro Coso Community College,
Ridgecrest, CA (2 day workshop)
Consultant: High School Workshop, Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest,
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Woodblock demonstration
Arts Crawl, Vancouver, WA, Woodblock demonstration
1992 Oregon Society of Artists, Portland, OR, Printmaking lecture/paper making
Columbia Arts Guild, St. Helens, OR, Papermaking demonstration
1991 High School Workshop Printmaking Instructor, Cerro Coso Community College,
Ridgecrest, CA (2 day workshop)
1990 High School Workshop Printmaking Instructor, Cerro Coso Community College,
Ridgecrest, CA (2 day workshop included sessions for High School teachers.)
1987-9 Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA, Instructor: Printmaking and
1987-9 St. Ann Elementary School, Ridgecrest, CA, Art Instructor l-6
Variety of Etching and Monotype workshops
Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Southern Graphics Council
American Print Alliance
National Academy of Art, Hangzhou, People's Republic of China
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver, WA.
Gilkey Print Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
John Gray Collection
Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR
Bachman Corporation, Ridgecrest, CA
Oregon Wire, Portland, OR
Mouse Tracks, cover art and feature article, June 2002
The Spring Hill Review, cover art and feature article, November 2001
The Columbian, Many Trails Lead Artists to Vancouver, Kristine White, Oct. 20, 1997, Arts Crawl
Supplement, Page 5
The Columbian, State of the Arts in Clark County, Mike Bailey, March 14, 1997 Page D 1
The Columbian, Circles and Lines, Etching by Vancouver Artist reflects Women's Work, Stephanie
Thomson, March 7,1997 Page D1
The Columbian,Weekend Magazine, Local Artist in Portland Exhibit . Visual. Dec. 5, 1996 Page F6
Pen & Palette, Society of Washington Artists, Sept. 1996, page 4
The Working Proof, Northwest Print Council, Summer 1996, page 3
The Columbian, Artists' Escapes, Holly Johnson, Aug.11, 1996, page F 1-2
The Columbian, Window on the Arts, Mike Bailey, January 11, 1996, page B 1
The Columbian, Vanessa McVay, Home is where the Art is, Vancouver, WA, Feature article, April 9,
1995, page E 1.
The Pen and Palette, Annette Chipman, Focus On. . . Sharri LaPierre, Society of WA Artists
Newsletter, Feature article, April 1995.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, Helen Cullinan, Collage Exhibition Exquisitely Elegant, March
4, 1995, page 8E
The Columbian, Lynn Matthews, Third Thursday Art Walk, Vancouver, WA, June 14, 1994, page
The Columbian, Jerry Rhodes, Portrait of Local Artists, Vancouver, WA, March 8 1993, page A9
The Daily Independent, Ridgecrest, CA, Susan de Geus, Music and Art: A Marriage Made in
Heaven, January 29, 1988, page B3
The Daily Independent, Ridgecrest, CA Roselle Goza, Artist is Enjoying Instant Success, Oct. 29,
1987, page A7
Artists View of 9/11, Published 2007, 95 pg. soft cover coffee table book, work on back cover
The Reflector, Getting to Know, February 14, 2007, Page A-3
The Columbian, Politik, Left, Right, Center, Life, November 2006
The Columbian, Theater of the Mind, Life, April 7, 2006
Vancouver Business Journal, A Best Kept Secret, December 2002
The Working Proof, A Year in the Life of NWPC, Winter, 1997
Vancouver Business Journal, Byline, The Columbia Arts Center is a Business Partnership.
January 1996, Page 44.
1999-present Baren, internet woodblock organization
1999-present American Print Alliance, Secretary to Board of Directors
1999-present Southern Graphics Council
1995-present Friends of the Gilkey Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
1995-present National Collage Society NW Region, Seattle, WA
1994-present Columbia Arts Center, Vancouver, WA, Board of Directors, Vice President
1994-present National Collage Society, Hudson, OH. Signature Member
1993-present Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
1993-present Arts Council of Clark County, Vancouver, WA, past Board Member
1993-present Southwest WA Watercolor Society, Vancouver, WA
1992-present Print Arts NW, Portland, OR, Artist Member, Past President, Board member
1991-present Artist's Gallery 21,Vancouver, WA, Past President and Secretary
1991-present Society of Washington Artists, Vancouver, WA
1991-present Local Arts Promotion, Vancouver, WA, Founding Member
1990-present Columbia Arts Center, Vancouver, WA, Board of Directors
1989 Assn. for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Ridgecrest, CA
1980-89 Hi Desert Council for the Arts, Ridgecrest, CA, various positions
1960-89 Desert Art League, Ridgecrest, CA, Board Member
Present Gallery Affiliations
North Bank Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver, WA
Print Arts Northwest,, 412 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97201