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Seaside Art Gallery Presents: “How to make an etching from plate to paint.” Online! with artist David Hunter, September 4 – 6, 2020

09-02-2020 11:26 AM CET | Arts & Culture

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"What's the Rush?" etching by David Hunter

"What's the Rush?" etching by David Hunter

Do you know what the art of etching really is? Meet David Hunter. He’s a master in the art of printmaking… or the process of creating etchings.

“I start with a clean smooth polished zinc plate. I paint an acid resistant coating on the plate. Then I take a sharp needle and do a free hand drawing through the coating so each line exposes the plate,” explains Hunter. “When the drawing is finished, I put the plate in nitric acid… this etches each line into the plate.”

When Hunter is satisfied that the zinc plate is etched, he takes it out of the acid and removes the coating.

“The plate is not the artwork,” says Hunter. “The print from the plate is the final definitive artwork.”

Watch online! From Plate to Press to Paint

David Hunter has been demonstrating etchings at Seaside Art Gallery for more than 30 years.

New! this year… the demonstration is online! You'll see original art created right before your eyes! From plate… to press… to acrylic paint wash.

On September 4, 5 and 6… a new video will be released for each day. Hunter will demonstrate never-seen-before steps in his etching process.

Now you can watch how he hand-etches the zinc plate with a needle. Submerge the plate into acid. And, see the lines recess into the plate as the nitric acid bites away at the metal.


He uses the plate to impress an inked image into original etchings. And when it’s dry, Hunter then paints the etching with an acrylic wash.

“What’s the Rush?”

Every year, Hunter creates a new etching only for this event.

This year’s creation is entitled “What’s the Rush?”

Only 85 of these gems are issued. They are released and available exclusively at Seaside Art Gallery (while supplies last.)

In celebration of this first-time online demonstration, you can purchase the etching online now! It’s available unframed ($75) and framed ($195).

Get free shipping on “What’s the Rush?” now. Offer ends September 6, 2020.

About the Artist

David Hunter lives in Central Florida. He participates in art shows and competitions throughout the United States. His award-winning artwork is in galleries throughout the United States. And is in the permanent collection of the London Maritime Museum in England.

2716 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head, North Carolina

One of the Largest Galleries in the Southeast

Seaside Art Gallery is one of the largest galleries in the Southeast. With 59 years of excellence, the gallery is reputed for outstanding customer service. The Smith family established it in 1961. Owner Melanie Smith is an accredited fine arts appraiser. She is a member in the International Society of Appraisers.

The authenticity of the gallery’s art is fully guaranteed. The gallery has a generous policy of 30-day refund or 5-year exchange. They ship anywhere.

Seaside Art Gallery is located at 2716 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head, North Carolina. Shop art www.seasideart.com, too! Their toll-free number is 800-828-2444.

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