A print by Biddeford artist Elizabeth T. Schoch will be part of solo art show, silence + noise, opening Aug. 1 at Dyer Library in Saco. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SACO — Biddeford artist Elizabeth T. Schoch has announced she will present her solo art show, silence + noise, opening Aug. 1 at Dyer Library, 371 Main St., Saco.

The show features Schoch’s gelatin prints, which will be on display through Aug. 29. silence + noise is free and open to the public.

An artist reception and birthday celebration will take place at the library from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 and all are welcome.

Schoch has been following her creative passions most of her life. A former writer, marketer, and published author, she recently added gelatin printmaker to her bio. She was first introduced to gelatin printing in a workshop in 2014, but did not pick it up again until the spring of 2018. Over the past 15 months, it has become her passion.

Making monoprints with a gelatin plate is a simple process that appeals to her love of spontaneity and experimentation.

“I approach printing intuitively, using a gelatin plate, acrylic paints, and hand-cut masks and stencils,” Schoch said. “I also use what’s at hand or things that can be easily found, including beach stones, driftwood, feathers, string, paper towel tubes, rubber bands, and leaves. I like to keep my process uncomplicated, spontaneous, and genuine.”

In silence + noise, Schoch will be sharing both her representational art in neutrals and cool colors (silence) and her brightly colored abstracts (noise). “Gelatin printmaking suits my love of change, as it is a dynamic process, and I never know what the results will be. Every print is unique, and there’s always that exciting moment when I first pull the print from the plate. All in all, it’s a deeply satisfying experience.”

In describing her show at Dyer Library, Schoch said she’s thrilled to showcase her work.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be able to share my art with others,” she said. “And I look forward to explaining to reception attendees what gelatin printing is all about.”