Vinita Voogd was shopping one day at Kragen-O'Reilly Auto Parts when a rack full of merchandise caught her eye. She promptly, in turn, caught the eye of the cashier, who watched her piling gaskets onto the counter and figured that Voogd owned a dozen or more cars.
Voogd, though, didn't need the parts for vehicles. She wanted them instead to make a print. The Indian-born artist has spent the last three decades affixing everyday items to plates and coating them with paint to stamp multiple copies — and she found herself explaining that in line at Kragen-O'Reilly.
"He was shocked," said Voogd, a Saddleback College instructor. "He said, 'How many cars do you own?' I said, 'Oh, no, these are for my artwork.'"
From gaskets and Starbucks cups to woodblocks and silk screens, nearly any object with a shape and texture can be used to make prints. And curator Darrell Ebert hopes to show off that versatility in his exhibit "Printmaking, Printmaking & Printmaking," which opens Thursday at Golden West College and spotlights Voogd and nine other artists.