ARLINGTON >> Serious collectors and students of American art history, especially of the New York and California Schools, will have the rare opportunity to see, study, and purchase prints and paintings by a pioneer in the art of that period. "Dan Shapiro: A Life of Art" will be on view at The Canfield Gallery in Arlington from July 1 to 30.
Dan Shapiro grew up in New York, was educated at Cooper Union, and became fascinated with the art of printmaking which he taught himself while earning a living designing record labels for Decca. In 1947 he moved to Vermont where he taught art at Bennington College for ten years.
After two more years teaching at Columbia, Shapiro spent the rest of his career as Professor of Art at the University of California at Davis. Throughout his life he was first and foremost engaged in painting and printmaking, becoming recognized for his work throughout the United States. A master printmaker in a highly innovative period in American art, Shapiro loved the give
and take of etching, scraping, burnishing, and etching again. This total immersion in the act of printmaking he called "living the print."
The Canfield Gallery is located in the Martha Canfield Library on East Arlington Road across from the high school. For more information and gallery hours, call the library at 802-375- 6153 or visit the library's website at www.marthacanfieldlibrary.org.