Bella Italia at Via Umbria


Published in the Washington Post, written by Mark Jenkins

It’s closer than Tuscany, but the gallery at Via Umbria is a bit of a hike. Up the stairs and beyond the test kitchen, the cookery store is hosting “Bella Italia,” featuring four members of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. The emphasis is on landscape, but Rosemary Cooley ventures into history, artistic and otherwise.

Nina Muys’s delicate prints depict small Italian towns; the palette is primarily in shades of clay and brick, sometimes set off by green woods or blue lagoons. Deron DeCesare’s prints and drawing are also cityscapes — vertical and with a strong sense of enclosure. Jane Mann’s digitally manipulated photos go for the opposite sensation, portraying fields that might roll forever under misty skies.

Cooley’s pieces are the most diverse, and include such Renaissance touches as gold leaf. The technique is classical, and so are such pictorial elements as ornate columns and arches. Yet the artist reveals a modern sensibility in the way she combines styles and subjects in a single picture. If the individual elements are precise, the overall effect is impressionistic.


Exhibit of Fine Art Printmaking

August – September 2016 at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels, Maryland

Maryland Printmakers and local Talbot County artists exhibited fine art, such as etchings, linocuts, lithographs, woodcuts, collagraphs, silk screens, and monoprints. Maryland Printmakers was formed as a non-profit organization to introduce printmaking techniques to the public and showcase area artists who produce fine-art prints.

Personal Geographies


Please join us for a reception Saturday, June 4, 2 -4 pm for “Personal Geographies”, Rosemary Cooley and Cynthia Back .

The June exhibition features the glowing reduction woodcut prints of Cynthia Back and the wide ranging artists’ books by Rosemary Cooley. The artists give us a glimpse of their worldview of travel, respect for nature, the sea and the world beyond our planet.
Rosemary Cooley joined Washington Printmakers Gallery in 2004. In this exhibition, she will exhibit solely Artists’ Books, which hold great interest for her as they are like “crossword puzzles for artists”. Filled with etchings, lithographs, monoprints, and collagraphs, each book features words from myriad sources, and which take on new meanings when juxtaposed with the images. Some books in this “Personal Geographies” exhibition originate from her life of travel, some from poetry and all from those dreamlike images which reside in our unconscious and conscious minds.
Rosemary’s work is in many collections, amongst them the Library of Congress, Georgetown University, Delbarton School, The National Headquarters of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD and private collections worldwide.
Cynthia Back focuses on landscape: water, forests, and the ways in which they are being transformed by environmental degradation. Conveying a deep attachment to the earth; it’s ever-changing pattern, color, and shape, the tension between these oppositional forces is important to her work. For this exhibition Cynthia presents a selection of reduction woodcuts of landscapes shaped by encroaching urbanization. She loves the discipline of the reduction relief printmaking process and the surprises which come with each layering of color.
Cynthia Back’s work is included in the collections of The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the New York Historical Society, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Newark Public Library as well as numerous corporate and private collections.

World View

World View at Academy Art Museum

Celtic Twilight, Blue Nirvana, Of Cloudless Climes and Starry Skies

You are invited to attend the opening reception of

“World View”

Original Prints and Paintings by

Rosemary Cooley

at the Academy Art Museum

106 South Street, Easton Maryland 21601

Friday, April 24, 2015

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Exhibition open from April 11 – July 19, 2015

Please come to the opening reception or during regular gallery hours.


© 2019 Rosemary Cooley Art