Woodcutting workshop with Brophy in Belfast

Jan 03, 2020
"The Hummingbird," a white-line woodcut by Sally Brophy.

Belfast — What is a white-line woodcut? Why use wood when you can just paint on paper? Who came up with this idea? Artist Sally Brophy will answer these questions and more about this fascinating process that originated in Cape Cod 106 years ago, as she guides you through creating your own blocks and prints. This art form is very approachable for beginners, and a fun exploration for experienced artists. The first thing you’ll do is make a white-line print from pre-cut blocks, guaranteeing that everyone walks away with a unique artwork. As the creative juices continue to get stirred, Brophy will also be giving you some background on the intriguing history.

Brophy has been creating white-line woodblock prints for more than 20 years and teaching the technique for 15 years. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, as well as in collections throughout the United States. She was featured in the HBO film “Packed in a Trunk - the Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson." Wilkinson is one of the artists you’ll learn about, along with Brophy’s teacher Kathryn Smith, who was taught by her grandmother, Ferol Sibley Warthen. Warthen learned from Blanche Lazzell, one of the artists who developed the art form. Lazzell was among the first artists in the U.S. to work in a modernist style. Her white-line prints have recently sold at auction for more than $100,000. This lineage of printmakers represents both the rich legacy and the vibrant contemporary community of white-line artists that continue to create today.

The class will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. (snow date Jan. 25) at Local Color Gallery, 135 High St. The $45 fee includes all art materials; sign up at the gallery, call 218-1249 or email gallery@localcolorgallerymaine.com. The class is limited to 12 students, age 12 and older.

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