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All about the technique


Solar Plate Etchings take shape in NZ


How about new artwork for the new year? Sounds good to me!

This month's e-news focuses on a printmaking technique I've been working on called Solar Plate Etching. It dates to the 1970s and allows for intricate, multiple impressions.

Below you'll see finished Solar Plate Etchings, as well as works in progress. Also included in the enews is a new floral piece just in time for Valentine's Day.

Happy New Year!


The Solar Plate is a metal plate with a light-sensitive polymer surface that is water soluble. To make a solar plate print you must create the artwork image on a transparent film, place that on top of the solar plate and expose both to sunlight for a few seconds. 

The polymer hardens wherever ultraviolet light strikes the plate's surface, while the part of polymer blocked from light remains soluble. The plate is then scrubbed in water, which washes away the soft bits and leaves lines and grooves "etched" into the polymer.

The plate can be inked and used either as an intaglio or relief printing plate. It's a nontoxic method that produces lovely, detailed images.

Marie Powell Gallery will open April 1

Friendly Print Trust faces

These two friends of mine are fixtures at the TeKowhai Print Trust Studio here in Whangarei, New Zealand. Anneke is an artist originally from Holland. In the photo, she's working with recently produced Solar Plate Etchings. Also pictured is Hamish, director of the Print Trust. You should see the fun we have!

Wining & dining in NZ


Fabulous lunch at Marsden Estate Winery in Kerikeri, New Zealand with our long-time friend, Julia, who is a wonderful artist and former art gallery owner in Kerikeri. So much fun!

Artistic exploration

A look at my Solar Plate Etchings 

New pieces bound for Ilwaco gallery

I'm having so much fun creating Solar Plate Etchings at the TeKowhai Print Trust Studio! A few of these pieces will be added to the Port of Ilwaco gallery when we reopen in April.

Finished Solar Plate Etchings

This Solar Plate Etching utilizes an under print of color combined with the etching point.


My rendition of a Great Blue Heron! You can see the start of this piece in a photo above where I'm wearing a red plaid shirt.

Wonderful color in this experimental piece.
New Zealand has got me into vivid color palettes!

Happening around town

2020 LBP events

New happenings and longtime favorites mark the 2020 Long Beach Peninsula event calendar. Download or print this copy or head to for more info. 

Waikiki Winter in photos

Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park draws photographers and nature-lovers every winter when crashing waves explode near the rocks. Here are photos of the action.

March 28 Beach Cleanup

The next Community Beach Cleanup on the Long Beach Peninsula is March 28. Mark your calendar and join the fun. Find more info through the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau.

New art: Roses for Valentine's Day

"Red Roses" is a new original monoprint I completed just last month. The unframed piece on Arches88 paper measures 15" x 22.5".
See original Marie Powell artwork

Where to find original Marie Powell artwork:

Marie Powell Gallery & Studio Port of Ilwaco, Wash.

Pacific Fine Art Raymond, Wash.

RiverSea Gallery Astoria, Ore.
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177 Howerton Way S.E.
PO Box 899
Ilwaco, WA 98624

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