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Posted in Agate Fossil Beds NM, Art, Artist Residency, Bighorn Canyon NRA, flora and fauna, Guadalupe Mountains NP, historic sites, Homestead National Monument, National Parks, Petrified Forest NP, Relief Printing, Soul Food, Southwestern US, Wanderings, wild creatures, Woodblock Printing, Wupatki National Monument with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2017 by WanderArtist

A gallery of images inspired by National Parks…

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

http://www.cultural-center.org/product/reception-for-new-exhibits-2/

What a Relief!

Posted in Art, Drawing, Inspiring People, Personal History, Woodblock Printing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by WanderArtist

Since I can remember, I have loved to draw. Although I could sit for hours with a pencil as a kid, it’s even more fun now that I have been practicing for years and have the skills to put on paper what dwells in my imagination, or what is right in front of me. Drawing what you see is much more challenging than from the imagination. The more you draw, the more your skills improve. But, I’ll get back to drawing in a moment.

FeatherV1e

feather on mahogany

In my last year of high school we lived in Tokyo, Japan – which was an awesome experience on many, many levels. One of the coolest aspects of life in Tokyo was learning about Japanese culture, arts, traditions, foods. Another wonderful experience for me was a particular art teach at The American School in Japan, Ki Nimori. From Mr. Nimori I learned a great deal about making pottery. Although a short school year had me barely scratching the surface on all I had to learn in ceramics, I loved it.

rabbit ruin

Not to get too ‘artsy’ on my dear readers, but I really enjoy the process of creating art. I have often gravitated toward art media that require a lot of steps before the final product… Working in clay requires many steps – and I loved them all. One of the early steps is kneading the clay to remove air bubbles – which is a lot like kneading bread dough. I enjoyed getting my hands dirty and working to create something from seemingly nothing. A great teacher inspires, that is what Ki Nimori was for me.

raven pair

When I returned to San Francisco to go to college I chose an Art major. At first I thought I would concentrate on ceramics after such a wonderful experience learning from Mr. Nimori. I cannot explain how my bubble was burst by the ceramics department (at that time) at San Francisco State University. Unfortunately, it was somewhat overrun with macho teachers who did little to inspire me. And so I gravitated back to an early and lasting love, drawing. Throughout my education at SFSU I continually explored new and untried realms, eventually settling into a groove with printmaking. This media offered lots of process – from untold number of steps required in lithography to create a final print – to the comparatively simple process of making a woodblock or linoleum block print.

IshtarV1e

ishtar

With printmaking I could combine my love of drawing with the incredible process needed to make prints. And with the added benefit of the ability to make multiple final images of one exact design. When I graduated college I was deeply into etching, and learning to create photo-etchings. This was wonderful because it meant I could also incorporate another love – photography. The only difficulty I found to hours spent creating etchings and lithographs was the need for a printing press and especially the exposure to caustic and nasty chemicals.

Since my college days I have simplified my process by doing mainly woodblock printing… Partly because I did not wish to bring the intense chemicals required to create etchings into my home… And because I really enjoy the organic nature of cutting into wood to produce a drawing – and the combination of wood grain with drawing in the final print is the icing on the cake. Visits to Japan fed my love of block (or relief) printing through exposure to Japanese woodblock printing, which is incredible and detailed well beyond the prints I create. I may need to write more about Japanese prints later… Until then, I hope you enjoy some of my creations!

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cutting the ‘key’ block for raven pair

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