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The Steven’s Art Gallery is currently hosting the Arkansas Society of Printmakers’ summertime show. The exhibit focuses on artists all over the state whose talents lie in printmaking and it runs from July 9–Aug. 21. The reception will be held on July 30 from 6-8 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Adams, chair of the department of art and design, is a member of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers and has contributed several pieces to the art show.

“My terminal degree is in printmaking. I create prints constantly,” Adams said. “I typically create 12-20 different print images every year.”

One set by Adams called Glass Blocks is made up of seven pieces in color reduction relief all from the same point of inspiration.

“We have a glass block window in our house, and I love the light and color patterns that come through at different times of day and during different seasons,” he said. “A color reduction relief print is where you draw an image on a block of wood and cut away non-image areas before inking and printing.”

Adams regularly exhibits his prints with the other artists. Neal Harrington, who was recently included in the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition in the Arkansas Arts Center, is one of those artists.

Harrington has two pieces displayed called “On the Back of the Ancestors.”

“Neal is originally from South Dakota, and those two pieces are related to Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monuments there in South Dakota,” Adams said.

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Most of the prints are color reduction reliefs and lithographs. All are traditionally produced by hand with no computer/digital printing involved.

“A lithograph is a print that is based on drawing on a limestone rock, inking it up and transferring the image to paper by running it through a litho press,” Adams said.

Erin Hanson, public relations intern

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Don Robinson, 81, chair of the art and design department from 1978-98, died Aug. 20 in Searcy. His visitation will be Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at West Side Church of Christ with his funeral to follow at 11.

I was his student in the late 1970s shortly before he became chair, and he was a teacher I greatly respected. Not only did he have tremendous abilities, he lived his Christianity. Perhaps one of the things I most respected him for was his constant striving to make his department better, asking visiting alumni for any ideas that would have strengthened their degrees.

In the winter 2001 edition of Harding, we featured his work on the cover and in the magazine pages after an exhibit, which filled both galleries with art that we described as “not only beautiful but also uplifting.”

He wrote an introduction for that piece which tells more about the man he was than my feeble attempts could.

“Art has been a major part of my life from my childhood. In elementary school, I entertained both myself and my peers by illustrating storybook characters in chalk on the blackboard. The encouragement of fellow classmates, teachers and family removed any doubt that may have been in my mind about whether I should be an artist. I considered going into advertising art but chose teaching art as a profession because it encouraged the concepts of discovery, integration of knowledge, application and sharing. Teaching art as a profession has allowed me to pursue my love of art while engaged in teaching and encouraging thousands of young people in the development of their talents.

“While I believe that art is self expression, I have found it to be much more than that. It is also sharing, informing, persuading, encouraging and uplifting. I have enjoyed exploring a variety of subject matter, forms and medium. Teaching in a relatively small art department has encouraged breadth. Yet, throughout this exploration, it has remained my conviction that art is at its best when it is done with unity of form and a positive goal in mind. I have tried to hold to a Christian ethic that seeks to lift the spirits of my fellow humans and honors the God who created us. I hope my work will leave the viewer with a greater sense of wholeness, peace and appreciation for the Creator and for the world he has made for us to enjoy.”

He served as an elder at West Side for many years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; two sons, Danny and Mark; a daughter, Kathy Crossman; and eight grandchildren.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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