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Fiber and Printmaking Exhibit

Mountain Sunflower

Fiber and Printmaking Exhibit, February 23 through June 15, 2013.

The exhibit includes mixed media of Janet Carlson, Hampton, NH; woodcuts of Holly Elkin, ME; woodcuts of Judith Heller Cassell, Rochester, NH; Mark Phillips, South Berwick, ME; tapestry of Suzanne Pretty, Farmington, NH; and woodcuts & engraving of Scott Schnepf, South Berwick. ME.

The lines between mediums frequently blur. The works of Janet Carlson with her gelatin prints cut, stitched and embroidered become a quilt like image in Poet's Dream. . Janet describes her works as “deconstructed gelatin-plate monotypes fabricated into innovative textile works”.

Another example is Judith Heller Cassell's woodcuts are printed on silk (voile) and then layered. Hanging the woodcut Freedom moves in the breeze and the bottom layer is visible creating shadowy trees shifting in the background. Judith has work at the Growl exhibit at the Karl Drerup gallery, Plymouth State University through March 15, 2013. Full Bloom

The bold woodcut images of Mark Phillips reflect his years of working as a tattoo artist. Mark has done many images of the area including The Counting House in South Berwick and Brewster's Bait and Tackle.

By contrast the woodcut of Scott Schnepf's Ascension is a very delicate still life with the forms carefully shaded. His engraving Ascoli Piceno shows the contrast of the different printmaking techniques. Scott has a studio at the Rollinsford Mill and is a professor at UNH.

Holly Elkins adds touches of color to her strong woodcut image in Mountain sunflowers.

Suzanne Pretty's tapestry Wish You Were Here! is one of her postcard series after returning from a trip to Tucson, Arizona.Wish You Were Here!

Suzanne's Road Construction in Detail Road Construction in Detail was included in American Tapestry Biennial 9, in Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN through February 23, 2013, and 6 X 6, Women Caucus for the Arts through March 31, 2013 Artstream, Rochester, NH.

Mountain Sunflowers (upper right),
Holly Elkins, woodcut
In Full Bloom (middle right), Holly Elkins,
wood cut
Wish You were Here! Suzanne Pretty,
woven tapestry of wool, silk cotton and metallic