Vilar Center to house Rembrandt etchings
BEAVER CREEK – The Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek will be home to almost 40 etchings by the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt Feb. 7-12.Etching was developed for the purpose of mass producing original works of art. It is the process in which the image is drawn onto a wax-covered copper or zinc plate that is then immersed in acid. The acid creates tiny depressions of the image on the metal plate that will later be filled with ink.
This collection of Rembrandt etchings will be displayed for private viewings during the week. Feb. 9, the collection will be displayed with a lecture and reception for $35 that includes wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited and reservations are required. The etchings will also be open to the public for viewings on Feb. 11-12 from 2-5 p.m. for a $10 fee, students are free. A docent will be on hand for public narratives at certain times each day.The Rembrandt etchings are on loan from the private collection of Dr. Morton Mower and Toby Mower, Beaver Creek residents and Vilar Center supporters.
“For me, collecting these etchings has been a unique opportunity to demystify some of the techniques of art and gain insight into those times,” said Dr. Mower. “I’ve long been fascinated with modes of multiple reproductions – silk-screen, lithography, engraving. Etching was the photography of Rembrandt’s day. And he gives us a window into both the everyday life and cosmopolitan themes that captured his imagination.” The Vilar Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization managed by the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Rembrandt exhibit and to make reservations, call 845-TIXS (8497), 888-920-ARTS (2787) or visit http://www.vilarcenter.org. For information on student viewings and lectures, contact Britton Roetzel at 845-7588.