02 August 2009

Some New England Woodblock Events

Worcester Art Museum is a quiet little gem of a museum that I recently discovered here in western Massachusetts. On display now through October 18 Printmaking Methods/Relief is the fifth in a series of installations explaining the techniques of printmaking. This exhibition considers the relief processes, including woodcuts, wood engravings and linocuts from around the world.

Meanwhile, in Groton, Connecticut, at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery (Branford House Mansion) at the Avery Point Campus, 30 woodcuts and woodblock quilts by Lynita Shimizu will be exhibited until Sept. 13. While you're there, check out the Sculpture Walk along the
ocean in front of the Mansion, too.

And in Bristol, Vermont, you can see 22 woodcuts by Ray Hudson through the month of August at the WalkOver Gallery on Main Street. Hudson works with a Chinese method of woodblock printing, using woodcuts as a kind of paintbrush in a technique called shui Yin, or water printing. His prints look very painterly and rich.

Summer is short in New England, so enjoy!

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