Virtual Gallery Talk on “Humor, Thought and Travel” with artists Joan Hausrath and Carmela Venti

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May 10, 2022 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Humor, Thought and Travel with artists Joan Hausrath and Carmela Venti  

Please join The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Jacquelyn Andrews as she talks with Joan Hausrath and Carmela Venti about The Evocative Mark Twain Inspires the Printmakers Network of New England exhibit taking place at the Mark Twain House & Museum March 24, 2022 through January 23, 2023.  

Artist Joan Hausrath will discuss the creation of two prints inspired by quotes by Mark Twain that reveal his poignant satire and humor, often which he used to entertain his readers and to offer his personal views of human nature.  While one of the quotes is taken from a description of fashions worn by women attending a fancy ball in San Francisco in 1863, the other quote, not published until 1972, is an excerpt in Mark Twain’s Fables of Man. 

Carmela Venti will be talking about actual and virtual journeys of the creative process and will be discussing how her Venti’s Map Portraits, created with multi-printmaking media, use maps metaphorically to visually portray idioms and Everyman’s thoughts. Venti felt synchronicity to Twain’s quotes, life, and work. She will speak about her artwork in the exhibition and other pieces in relationship to her Mark Twain experience. 

Virtual conversation via Zoom. Tickets: $5 per stream. REGISTER HERE. 


The Evocative Mark Twain Inspires the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England is on view at The Mark Twain House & Museum beginning March 24, 2022 with a free opening reception at 5:30pm and is set to run through January 23, 2023. The museum is open daily from 10AM to 4:30PM. Admission to the exhibition is included in house tour admission; museum center-only tickets including The Evocative Mark Twain… is $7.25. For information and tour reservations, please visit 


About the Artists: 

Joan Hausrath 

Joan Hausrath, an artist and curator, holds an MFA in Printmaking from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and an MA in the History of Art from Ohio State University. She is Professor of Art Emerita from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts where she taught printmaking, design and art history. For the past twenty-five years Hausrath has investigated non-toxic alternatives to traditional printmaking processes and has received several grants to support her research. She has participated in residencies at the Edinburgh Printmakers Studio in Scotland; Studio Camnitzer in Valdottavo, Italy; and New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque, NM. She exhibits in the US, internationally by invitation, and her artwork is in numerous private and public collections.   


Carmela Venti 

Carmela Venti, a former president of the Connecticut Women Artists, Inc., and affiliated with Southern Graphics, received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in printmaking from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and the Rhode Island School of Design respectively. Her work as a technical illustrator and graphic designer influences her prints. Venti has taught at universities throughout Connecticut—Central, Southern, New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford Art School. 

Venti’s work has been in Map Art exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Louisville Art Association, Turman Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana, and Massachusetts DeCordova Museum. Internationally, she has exhibited at University City Art Museum, Guangzhou, China and at Cartographic Congresses in Interlochen, Switzerland, Vienna, Austria and Stockholm, Sweden. 


About the moderator: 

Jacquelyn Marie Andrews grew up in Western Massachusetts and currently resides in Hartford, CT. She is the Development Associate for The Mark Twain House & Museum. A graduate of The University of Hartford: Hartford Art School in 2011 with a BFA in Printmaking & Photography, Jacquelyn creates works inspired by nature and emotion. 


Exhibitions at The Mark Twain House & Museum are generously supported by The Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Webster Bank, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Media sponsorship has been generously provided by Artscope Magazine. 



Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers.


May 10, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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