Friday, January 13, 2017
SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE -- Innovative. Groundbreaking. Fascinating. These are just a few of the words that Linda Cano, executive director at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, uses to describe the works of Bay Area artists Nathan Oliveria and Karl Kasten. Their work has been paired together in two new exhibits opening January 14 at the museum: “Eye of the Beholder – The Sculpture and Early Prints of Nathan Oliveira” and “Graphic Knowledge: The Prints of Karl Kasten.” Kasten (1916 – 2010) is known as “The Dean of California Printmaking.” He established the first printmaking programs in California at San Francisco State University and at UC Berkeley, having taught at the latter for more than 30 years. He invented the K-B Press, a lightweight etching press that became a core tool found in printmaking studios around the world.