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The Shimmer of Silverpoint

    The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools. — Thomas Eakins

Silverpoint is an old technique that involves drawing with sterling silver, gold, copper, and other precious metals on specially prepared surfaces. Long before graphite was discovered, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Albrecht Dürer used it. With silverpoint, the images whisper and shimmer on the surface with an elegant tone that glows and mellows as it tarnishes over time. Contemporary artists are rediscovering silverpoint’s beauty and exploring its potential. On December 4, the National Arts Club opens The Silverpoint Exhibition, which includes forty works I’ve curated from artists across the US and Canada, half of whom have studied at the Art Students League. The show continues through December 23, 2013.

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Harvey Dinnerstein, Mercedes.
Silverpoint on clay-coated surface, 20 x 20 in.

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