The first print portfolio from Blue Sky Press, co-curated by Sherry Smith Bell and Ann Chernow, challenges its ten printmakers from across the nation to illustrate a defining historic event from the 20th century.  Artists from California, Connecticut, New York, Nebraska and Oregon express many different artistic viewpoints. The topics range from tributes to seminal 20th century artists in the work of Karl Kasten and Yuji Hiratsuka to the exploration of microcosm to macrocosm in the print of Michelle Ferandell.  Ann Chernow’s print “Broadway Melody” tells of the potent effects the talkies brought to our vision of reality. Walter Askin’s “Krazy Kat” pays homage to Sigmund Freud, who liberated our dream world into an alternative worldview.  Sherry Smith Bell’s “House of Chips” addresses the rapid technological change brought by the computer and with it a new form of the written word on the Internet.  Jean Burg’s “Flight” soars into space with images of liberation. Karen Kunc’s “Winged Words” evokes yet another form of 20th century magic. James Reed metaphorically symbolizes the inner space of personal survival in the shape of Victorian architecture.  Clare Romano’s worldview from outer space concludes this personal vision of the defining events of the 20th century.
Carol Pulin, founding director, American Print Alliance, and editor, ”Contemporary Impressions,” writes in her introductory essay, "Each reflects on the worldwide results of an individual search for knowledge and thus echoes a common theme: the artists' personal experiences translated to a larger scale, a story of microcosms and macrocosms."  
Of Time and Place traveled to venues across the U.S. from 1999 to 2001.  Exhibits include: The Lankershim Arts Center, Los Angeles, California, June 18-July 17, 1999, The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, June 26-August 30, 1999, The Westport Historical Society, Westport, Connecticut, July 1-July 30, 1999, The Stamford Museum, Stamford, Connecticut, January 16-February 27, 2000, The California Heritage Gallery, San Francisco, California, February 5-March 25, 2000, The Mowry Alumni Center, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, April 7-May 21, 2000, The Lindsay Dirxs Brown Gallery, San Ramon, California, June 1- July 31, 2000, Old Town Gallery, Tustin,  California, June 10- July 29,2000, the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut, April 17- May 15, 2001.  
Of Time and Place is included in the collections of the White House Millennium Council, Washington, D.C., Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut, the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California, the Achenbach Foundation For the Graphic Arts Collection, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, the Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside, California, The New York Public Library, New York, New York and The Amity Art Foundation,  Woodbridge, Connecticut.
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“ House Of Chips”
                                                                Sherry Smith Bell,  etching on circuit board and chine colle from the Print Portfolio
“ Of Time  and Place”