“Painted Shapes: Contemporary White Line Woodcuts”
“Painted Shapes: Contemporary White Line Woodcuts” honors the historic tradition of the white-line print method, a form of hand-printing, which is widely held as the only form of woodcut printing indigenous to the United States. Devised in Provincetown, Massachusetts, this technique involves incising lines into a block of wood, painting individual shapes with watercolor paint and printing a single image. The block can be used again and again, but no two prints will be the same. The prints in this show demonstrate the wide variety of effects, moods, and color saturation contemporary artists achieve with this deceptively simple technique. Artists include Annie Bissett, Barbara Adner, Barbara Epstein, Barbara Neel, Dean Bandes, Elizabeth (Zibby) Pyle, Fay Giarratani, Lisa Houck, Gayle Smalley, Jeanne Heiple, Julie Gray, Maggie Mattson, Mary Beth Maisel, Amy McGregor-Radin, Maureen Cook, Nancy Crasco, Patti Ryan and Sally Young. Guest Curators are Lisa Houck and Amy McGregor-Radin.