One event on August 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm
The Wood Engravers’ Network Third Triennial Exhibition is coming to the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA from April 20th through June 22nd, 2019!
The Wood Engravers’ Network Third Triennial Exhibition is the third juried, traveling exhibit featuring sixty-four (64) engravings by thirty-seven (37) artists from New England and throughout the United States as well as Canada, Ireland and Belgium. Juried by Gray Zeitz of Larkspur Press, the exhibit will travel through the end of 2019.
New England artists represented include Evan Charney (Massachusetts), Leslie Evans (Massachusetts), R.P. Hale (New Hampshire), Eric Hoffman (Rhode Island), the late Anna Hogan (Massachusetts), and Abigail Rorer (Massachusetts). The work of beloved local wood engraver, Anna Hogan, is on permanent exhibit.
The Exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on Saturday, April 20th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., featuring a gallery talk and wood engraving demonstration by Evan Charney at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Talks and demonstrations scheduled during the Exhibition are as follows:
April 20th – Opening Reception 1:00-3:00 p.m., Gallery Talk & Wood Engraving Demonstration at 1:30 p.m. by Evan Charney, Free Admission
May 18th – Wood Engraving Demonstration by Abigail Rorer
June 1st – ‘Relief Printing ~ An Afternoon with The Boston Printmakers’, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
June 15th – Wood Engraving Demonstration by Eric Hoffman
Wood engraving is a relief printmaking process where an original drawing is cut into the surface of an endgrain wood block and then inked and printed to create a reflected image of the cut block. The prints are considered multiple originals created in limited editions – not reproductions or digital creations – offering an affordable entry into collecting original art works. Many of the prints in the show will be available for sale, as will the show catalog.
For many, wood engravings conjure memories of a favorite children’s story – a consequence of the medium’s highly efficient and successful use as illustration during the industrialization of printing (mid-to late 19th century). While wood engraving was once considered efficient, now the process is considered very slow. Its intimate scale and minute detail charm practitioners into working 40 hours or more on one 4 inch square piece of wood. This group exhibit provides a view of the contemporary practice of wood engraving and the wide variety of styles and approaches to the medium.
The Wood Engravers’ Network formed in 1994 to foster education and create a resource for wood engravers and the practice of wood engraving. The group publishes a biannual journal, holds an annual conference, maintains a website and social media presence, as well as sponsoring exhibits, group projects and an ongoing print exchange for members.
A non-profit corporation, the Museum of Printing was incorporated in 1978 as The Friends of the Museum of Printing Inc. to save and preserve printing equipment and library materials associated with the rich history of the graphic arts, printing, typesetting technology, and printing craftsmanship. In addition to many special collections and exhibits, the Museum contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting, and bindery machines, as well as an art gallery, two libraries, meeting and conference rooms, and a gift shop. Located at 15 Thornton Avenue, they are open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., year-round.
The April 20th opening reception is supported in part by grants from the Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, West Newbury and Topsfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.