Berkeley, California (Monday, May 26, 2008) - The City of Berkeley is pleased to announce the exhibition "A Monotype Duet: Landscapes East & West" by local printmakers Debra Jewell and Deb Sibony, at the 1947 Center Street Lobby Gallery. The exhibition will be on view in the lobby gallery June 2 - September 2, during regular building hours, 9 am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Monotypes are prints of which there is only one copy.  The image is applied to a printing plate, usually using oil based inks, and then it is transferred on to paper by use of an etching press. Monotypes may be run through the press one time to complete the composition, or multiple times, creating several layers of color or visual field. The  images are:  Marrakesh monotype, 22 x 30" Deb Si bony Invershin #3,  Monotype & Chine Colle, 11" x 7", Debra Jewell  (blue trees at the lake).  Both artist's work represent various approaches to the monotype. 

Debra Jewell, a native Californian, has always felt a deep connection to the natural landscape and the experience of  'place'.  Her training as a Landscape Architect, as well as travel in Scotland and Scandinavia, are a strong visual influence on her work.  Debra's monotypes have been shown at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she is an Artist Member of the California Society of Printmakers.

Of Moroccan/Sephardic descent, Deb Sibony was born and raised in Livorno, Italy.  She came to the United States at age seventeen.  North African/Mediterranean influences are apparent in Deb's printmaking.  Deb has been printmaking for over sixteen years.  She is currently a master printer at Aurobora Press in San Francisco.  Her prints are in various permanent collections in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 1947 Center Street Gallery is a public space located in the lobby of the 1930s era building at 1947 Center Street, between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Street. This gallery space is in a City of Berkeley building and is part of the Civic Arts Public Art Program.
The gallery is wheel chair accessible. For more information about the exhibition please contact Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533, mmerker@ci.berkeley.ca.us.