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Holiday Exhibit 17: Fiber and Paper

Orange Spotted PlaneHoliday 17: Fiber and Paper ran November 17 through February 3, 2018 at Emporium Framing & Gallery. Please join us for our open house December 1 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM during Shop & Stroll Event in town down South Berwick, ME. This is a collection of tapestries and paintings of Suzanne Pretty, woodcuts of Holly Elkins, etchings of Patricia Giebutoski, woodcuts of Mark Phillip and etching and lithograph of Pat Hardy.

Suzanne Pretty reflects "The Orange Spotted Plane was a bit of a diversion for me. I was coming back an unpleasant dentist visit on a cold winter day and came upon planes and fishing huts out on the lake. I never realized there was a plowed air strip on the lake. I stopped and took multiple images. I was especially fascinated with the orange spotted plane in this setting. This took me out of myself to refocus on the world around me. Mountain Sunflower

Arriving home I uploaded and played with the images. After printing the image, it sat on my desk for over year. After finishing up a large commission I developed this image further and decided to weave the piece.

Driving by the small local airport n Rochester NH I found the plane again. The spots are not carefully painted in a geometric grid but are hand painted in more random pattern.

Holly Elkins states, "Working Mono chromatically allows me to focus on Form and space to create a layered Composition. These drawings inspire more graphic images found in my block prints. This reduction of form leads to flowing lines and intriguing negative space.

Block printing is an art which involves using small scale tools to carve away the negative space (white areas) of the picture. This leaves the positive image (the black areas) raised to receive the ink. Ink is applied with a brayer which has been carefully coated with ink and the is rolled across the surface of the carved block. Paper is laid atop the inked surface as baren (or, as in my high tech studio, an old wooden spoon!) so that the ink is pressed onto the paper and the image from the block is printed, as a mirror image from the carving on the paper.

All of my artwork is done on fine paper (museum quality, all cotton, acid free) and I use four ply acid free museum board when matting my work. This insures that the drawings or original block print will be an heirloom. The artwork itself will last for many lifetimes and the mat will not discolor " Atlantic

Orange Spotted Plane (top right), Suzanne Pretty, Woven tapestry of wool, silk and cotton.

Mountain Sunflower (upper middle right), Holly Elkins, Lino cut block print

Atlantic Hall (lower middle), Mark Phillips, Woodcut