On display November 30 – December 30, 2022
We end the calendar year with three exhibits, including the exquisite scratchboard work by members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA).
This exhibit will be featured in the December issue of American Art Collector Magazine in an ad and editorial. Cathy Sheeter, MSA, who specializes in wildlife and western art, is the president of the group and one of only 16 living Master Scratchboard Artists in the world.
Scratchboard, often called direct engraving or subtractive art, can be black and white or colored using inks, watercolor, acrylic or markers.
The ISSA has over 110 active members from eight countries. We are pleased to welcome them to our Gallery.
- Gold Award: Best in Show: “On the Prowl” by MSA Patrick Hedges
- Silver Award: “Mighty Contender” by MSA Shalese Sands
- Bronze Award: “The Gathering” by MSA Linda Lunnon
- Award of Excellence: “Bond of Affection” by MSA Amy Stauffer
- Award of Excellence: “Native Elegance” by MSA Diana Höhlig
- Newcomer Award: “Looking Through You” by SSA Sheryl Unwin
- International Artist Award: “Masquerade” by MSA Lori Dunn
- Pushing Boundaries Award: “Standing Above the Others” by SSA Danna Fruetel
- Ampersand Active Level Award: “On the Bit” by Denise Brown
- Ampersand Signature Level Award: “The Sea Horse” by SSA Ruth Sanderson
- Active Level Memorial Award: “With the Leader” by Han Zhang
- Signature Level Memorial Award: “Charmed” by SSA Sally Terrell
The International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) was launched in 2011. ISSA is dedicated to the promotion of scratchboard as fine art, providing support to artists, and education to the public about this amazing medium! The organization offers membership levels for all artists from supporters, to beginners, to professionals. It hosts an annual juried Exhibition, and demonstrations, and creates friendships that last a lifetime.
What is Scratchboard?
Scratchboard is a fine art form that uses a surface covered with white clay and then a layer of black India ink. Artists use abrasive tools to remove the black ink to create an image. Artists may choose to keep their boards black and white or proceed to color them with a variety of mediums. Any area that is white will accept color. White boards are also used, in this case, the artists adds ink or color and then uses various tools remove the ink/color. Please visit this page for more information and a demonstration of the process on black scratchboard.