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Available Limited Edition Etchings   
What is an Etching?

    An etching is created when
    the artist puts an acid-
    resistant "ground" on a metal
    plate and then draws on the
    plate to expose the metal.  
    The plate is then put in an
    acid bath to dissolve the
    exposed metal. This process
    can be repeated multiple
    times to achieve various
    effects of light and dark.

    During this process, the artist
    may run several "state" prints
    to gauge the effects.  Once
    the artist is satisfied with the
    result, several Artist's Proofs  
    are run to use as a guide to
    the consistency for the
    edition. The artist must ink the
    plate individually for each
    print and the plate is run
    through a heavy press one
    at a time to create the
    resulting "intaglio" print.

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FAQ
    ARE LIMITED EDITION ETCHINGS CONSIDERED ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART?

    YES! Because each etching is inked and printed by hand, subtle differences exist between each
    print in the edition.  As a result, each individual etching is an original work of art.

    WHAT IS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT?

    Etchings are generally created on copper, zinc, or steel-faced metal plates. Because the plate
    must run under the heavy pressure of the printing press for each print created, the plates wear
    down slightly with each print.  As a result, only a limited number of prints can be created from
    the plate and still maintain uniformity of the edition, or number of prints created. It is up to
    the artist to determine the size of any edition, or if an edition is run at all.  When the plate is
    significantly compromised by wear, or the artist no longer wishes to print from the plate, the
    plate is usually "cancelled."  This is done by drawing lines or otherwise defacing the plate.

    WHAT DO THE NOTATIONS "A/P" and "16/100" MEAN?

    When an artist decides to run an edition, a proof print is created. The proof is used as a guide to
    uniformity of the prints in the edition.  A/P means Artist's Proof.  If more than one Artist's Proof
    is created it generally will be no more than 10% more than the complete edition.  Most artists
    will number the prints in an edition. For example, 16/100 simply means that the individual print
    is number 16 of 100 prints in the edition.  However, this does not necessarily mean it was the
    16th print pulled. Sometimes prints are spoiled in the printing process or do not accurately
    match the artist's proof. This numerical indication is written in pencil in the bottom margin of
    the print.  If there are no edition numbers, then the edition is an open edition.