CONTRAST: Curt Belshe, Jenny Freestone, Jake Muirhead

Hyattsville, MD—Three printmakers working in intaglio are exhibited in this inky and dark-hued show. These well-crafted works offer diverse imagery, ranging from the natural world to the digital age. Cohesively, the prints have a velvety and mysterious quality achieved through the techniques of etching, drypoint, and photogravure.

Contrast runs July 21–August 18, 2019, with an exhibition reception on Friday, July 26th from 6:30–9 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am–6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 12–5 pm on Sunday. The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. More details at or 301-608-9101.

Belshe (NY) photographs figures and then digitally sculpts them in 3D software. He then exposes the images to light-sensitive “photo-polymer” plates and prints them traditionally as etchings. Freestone (MD) works principally in drypoint, etching, photogravure and direct gravure. Muirhead (MD) prints from hand-drawn etching into copper plates.

Curt Belshe is a Professor of Digital Arts at Bronx Community College, part of the City University of New York. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI) and a Bachler of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Washington University (MO). Jenny Freestone adopted the US as her home when she moved from England in 1996. She has a BA in from the University of Humberside (Lincoln, England) and has studied lithography under Scip Barnhart at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Jake Muirhead earned his MFA in Printmaking from George Mason, is a former Associate Printmaker at Pyramid Atlantic and teaches drawing at Montgomery College.


This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. ​


Founded in 1981, Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home. Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires and enables local, national, and international artists to create and innovate in our core disciplines; elevates the local arts and small business scene; and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors. We value artistic excellence, infrastructure for artists, hands-on experiences, and collaboration.


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