By Libby Smith
DENVER (CBS4) – Many of the city’s arts districts are planning special events for First Friday during Denver Arts Week. Some artists will be doing demonstrations of their work. Among those doing demonstrations will be Michael Rieger of Lapis Gallery in the Tennyson Cultural District.READ MORE: 'Going To Take Some Time': Community Gathers To Remember Victims, Heal Together After Olde Town Arvada Shooting
LINK: Lapis Gallery
“It adds to the story of how this work was created, how it is interpreted,” Rieger explained.
Rieger will be making photo etchings of a picture of Union Station.
“I have always loved the building. I just thought it was a good icon for Denver Arts Week,” Rieger told CBS4.
Rieger printed off the image onto an acetate, or a piece of clear film. He then layers that with a polymer or solar plate.
“Put it out in the sun for about 45 seconds, that does the exposure,” Rieger explained.READ MORE: Water Quality Control Commission Votes Down Proposal To Allow More Pollution In Colorado Waterways
Once the image is on the polymer plate, Rieger covered the entire plate with printers’ ink. The real art happens when he starts removing the excess ink from the plate. He’s able to manipulate the image by how much ink he wipes away.
“It gives me a chance, in the process of wiping the plate, to kind of add some of the thoughts and feelings I had when I was taking the photograph,” Rieger said.
After several passes of wiping the plate, Rieger was pleased with how the image looked. He layered into a printing press with some thick print paper.
When he ran the plate and paper through the press, he got a print with a little more character then you might get from a straight photograph.
Rieger will be doing photo etching demonstrations during First Friday from 6- 10pm on Friday, Nov. 4 at Lapis Gallery, 3971 Tennyson Street in Denver.
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Libby Smith is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. If you have a story you’d like to tell CBS4 about, call 303-863-TIPS (8477) or visit the News Tips section.