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Summer Prints – Part 2

Posted in Art, Artist Residency, flora and fauna, historic sites, National Parks, Relief Printing, Southwestern US, Wanderings, wild creatures, Woodblock Printing with tags , , , on September 20, 2017 by WanderArtist

Spring & Summer Prints – Part 1

Posted in Adirondacks, Art, Artist Residency, flora and fauna, historic sites, Local Roaming, National Parks, Relief Printing, Southwestern US, Wanderings, wild creatures, Woodblock Printing with tags , , , on July 22, 2017 by WanderArtist

! Printmaking Workshops !

Posted in Art, Relief Printing with tags , , on July 2, 2017 by WanderArtist


AiR Woodblock Prints Featured in Two Exhibits ~ Cheyenne, WY & Cape Cod, MA

Posted in Art, Artist Residency, gallery exhibits, Group Shows, Juried Exhibit, National Parks, Personal History, Relief Printing, Woodblock Printing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2017 by WanderArtist

As an Artist-in-Residence at several National Parks I have created woodblock prints inspired by my time in each park. Four of these images are currently on exhibit – three woodblock prints are included in The AIR Exhibit at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and a fourth is part of a semi-permanent exhibit which will be shown for five to seven years at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Please give them a visit if you are in either neighborhood ~ or check the links below!

Wyoming State Museum

“For the Benefit of the People: National Park Service in Wyoming”

I’m honored to represent Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area through my woodblock print of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep at Lockhart Ranch – currently on exhibit at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne, WY. This image was inspired by my residency at the park in 2015. The exhibit “For the Benefit of the People: National Park Service in Wyoming” will be up for a minimum of five years and commemorates the National Park Service in Wyoming.

The Wyoming State Museum is located at 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. (307) 777-7022

Cultural Center of Cape Cod ~ Artist-in-Residence Exhibit

The Artist-in-Residence Exhibit is a group show of imagery inspired by residencies in parks throughout the U.S. The show is up for less than a month so take a peek if you are in the area – The Cultural Center of Cape Cod ~ 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664

The opening event is Saturday, June 3, 2017 – from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This exhibit runs from May 24 – June 18.

Three of my Artist-in-Residence images will be included ~ Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Homestead National Monument of America and Padre Island National Seashore.

Amanda’s work included in the Artists in Residence exhibit:

List of Artists in Residence featured in this show:

Linda Apriletti, Myranda Bair, Bill Brody, Jessica Bryant, Carol Chamberland, Kelsey Dzintars, Jenn Falcon, Meg Freyermuth, Kristin Gjerdset, Pam Haunschild, Nancy Haver, Kathy Hodge, Ailyn Hoey, Steve Hurley, Susan J. Klein, Kristin Link, MK MacNaughton, Amy Nettleton, Amanda Palmer, Mary Reusch, Lorna Ritz, David Rosenthal, Lewis Williams, Melinda Whipplesmith Plank, Susan Zalkind

Parks featured in the show:

Acadia National Park: Maine, Badlands National Park: South Dakota, Big Cypress National Preserve: Florida, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area: Montana/Wyoming, Black Rock Desert\High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Nevada, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument: Colorado, Cape Cod National Seashore: Massachusetts, Chiricahua National Monument: Arizona, Chugach National Forest: Alaska, Denali National Park: Alaska, Everglades National Park: Florida, Glacier National Park: Montana, Grand Canyon National Monument: Arizona, Great Basin National Park: Nevada, Great Smoky Mountains National Park: North Carolina/Tennessee, Homestead National Monument of America: Nebraska, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Indiana, Isle Royale National Park: Michigan, Joshua Tree National Park: California, Katmai National Park and Preserve: Alaska, Lassen Volcano National Park: California, Noatak National Preserve: Alaska, North Cascades National Park: Washington, Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument: New Mexico, Padre Island National Seashore: Texas, Petrified Forest National Park: Arizona, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Nevada, Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument: California, Tongass National Forest: Alaska, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument: Montana

Please note: if you are coming from a distance to view the art, please call first to make sure that a private event is not limiting access to the galleries… 508-394-7100

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm; and many evenings, by chance.

National Parks Show Poster.pdf

In Progress Work by Amanda

Posted in Art, Design, Drawing, Personal History, Red Fox, Soul Food, wild creatures, Woodblock Printing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2016 by WanderArtist

Drawings submitted for consideration in the Yellowstone: Color It Wild book published by Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Association. The bison and animal tracks images were used in the book.

Select drawings & sketches from the past few months…

Lena’s Crazy Quilt

Posted in Art, Decorative Arts, Inspiring People, Living Simply, Local Roaming, Museum, Quilts, Soul Food, Wanderings with tags , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2013 by WanderArtist

Over the 87 years The Alice has operated as a museum there have been times when interesting objects and letters came into the collection as donations or bequests. The museum has become a repository for genealogy and local history information as well as for some objects and textiles donated by local families. It is a wonderful textile I will focus on in this article.

In 1983 the Blow family lost their matriarch, Lena. Lena M. (O’Lena) Blow was born in Chazy, NY on November 12, 1896 – the daughter of Napoleon and Eliza O’Lena. She went to school in the little red school house that William Miner attended, and lived in the area her entire life. Around 1916 (the year her wedding dress was made) she married Edward Blow and started a family. She was an accomplished seamstress and made her and her six children’s clothing as well as many beautiful quilts, employing sewing and needle craft skills she learned early in life.

On November 21, 1983 Lena passed away and soon after her children donated a few of her possessions to The Alice to be kept and enjoyed by future generations of visitors. The two objects donated in 1983 are Lena’s wedding dress and slip. The garments joined two other textiles previously donated to the museum, both are blankets made by Lena Blow. One of these she started making when she was just nine years old, a diamond popcorn stitch bedspread. The other is a colorful crazy quilt with voluminous embroidery stitching and writing.


The crazy quilt is signed “LO” and “Apr. 10, 1908 Sciota, NY”. Like most crazy quilts it consists of a quilt top mounted directly to backing with no batting in between. The backing in this case also serves as a ruffle on three sides of the quilt and is a solid rose colored cotton. The pieces consist of a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and patterns – and appear to be made up of mostly silk scraps. The scraps were pieced together into nine blocks of similar size and then sewn together along with a long narrow block running the width of the blanket at the bottom. This quilt top was then backed with the rose colored cotton.

Lena’s crazy quilt is a striking piece and draws the eye as soon as you walk into the Sheraton Room where it is exhibited. But it’s the detail in stitching that brings you in for a closer look. Lena used a large number of different embroidery stitches joining every piece. She also wrote a few messages, including “May You Be Happy” and embroidered flowers and birds. Perhaps her mother saved pieces from various sewing projects over the years and finally handed the scraps over to Lena to create something for her bed. My grandmother made quilts consisting of pieces that I could recognize from clothing she sewed for me and my siblings over the years. It’s fun to look closely and see a familiar color and pattern that reminds you of the past. I imagine Lena lying in bed and tracing her family history through these bits of fabric.

Recently Lena’s daughter, Joan (Blow) Green and her family visited The Alice for a tour. Mrs. Green surprised us with two more objects to include in the Lena Blow collection – a dictionary Lena used when she went to school at the little red school house (the same school attended by William Miner), and a photograph of Lena, her husband Ed, and their first child Rhea. The photograph and book are currently on exhibit beside the bed that displays the Lena crazy quilt.

Joan Blow Green
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