“The Evocative Mark Twain Inspires the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England” is an immensely impressive exhibit featuring a wide breadth of accomplished veteran artists. Taking place at The Mark Twain House & Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut, the exhibition consists of 18 Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England (PNSNE) artists.
Members of the PNSNE, an intimate, loosely organized group of 25 contemporary printmakers in total, each picked a quote from Mark Twain’s exhaustive writings and responded in their personal visual vocabulary. The witty Twain, born Samuel Clemens, was never one to disappoint with a sharp one-liner. Known for pioneering American letters, Twain also took an interest in visual aesthetics: “You know I like color and flummery and all such things — I was born red-headed — maybe that accounts for my passion for the gorgeous and ornamental.”