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  1. [Baren 28772] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V32 #3196 (Sep 18, 2005) (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 28773] Re: Next exchange? (carole baker)
  3. [Baren 28774] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  4. [Baren 28775] Woodblock exhibitions in Vancouver BC, and Eugene OR (including lectures) ... (baren_member #
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Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 09:27:19 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28772] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V32 #3196 (Sep 18, 2005)
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A few years ago Alfred Maurice, a very respected printmaker here in
Vancouver, was preparing a similar talk. He is a wealth of
information and I would be happy to put you in contact with him if
you like. From him, for instance, I learned that the first woman US
printmaker was also a forger of US currency!

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Message 2
From: carole baker
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 17:01:42 -0800
Subject: [Baren 28773] Re: Next exchange?
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Was it decided if the next exchange is going to be all hanga? I'd like
to know soon. I'll be leaving home in a few days and will be on a
train in Italy on Oct. 1. If it is all hanga, I'd really like to
participate...I will get someone to sign in for me if it is. Thanks.

Carole Baker
Gustavus, Alaska
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From: Blog Manager
Date: 20 Sep 2005 03:55:02 -0000
Subject: [Baren 28774] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (8 sites checked, just before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Flights of Art

Author: Carol
Item: In Progress

Author: Carol
Item: Wow Maggie!


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:
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Date: 20 Sep 2005 10:33:54 -0000
Subject: [Baren 28775] Woodblock exhibitions in Vancouver BC, and Eugene OR (including lectures) ...

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Here's a couple more found by Google News today:


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VANCOUVER, BC.-The Devon Gallery is proud to host Vancouver's first major showing of the nationally renowned woodblock print artist, Fred Brown the Artist, and challenge the perception that fine art and the creation of fine art are generally considered the stuff of high society.

This perception is challenged when an artist gets supplies from the local hardware store. Using plywood instead of canvas and power tools instead of a brush or pencil, Fred Brown the Artist creates fine art in the form of woodblock prints.

A woodblock print, or original woodcut, is essentially art that is created from a wooden stamp. It consists of a three-part process: painting, cutting and printing where the plywood/woodblock is cut and printed several times to build up one image. This is a labour intensive process that can take months to complete one woodcut.

Using the woodcut medium, Fred is able to create various images like flowers, landscapes, and raw abstract, that come from different genres yet they are similar enough to know that they are woodcuts. It is the subject matter of the prints and the shear size of the images that set Mr. Brown apart from other woodblock print artists and makes this exhibition so spectacular.

Fred is showing his woodcuts at the Devon Gallery, 688 Denman Street, Vancouver,BC, to October 11, 2005. There will be a public opening on September 16th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm with the artist in attendance. His work can be viewed at:


From the 'Oregon Daily Emerald' in Eugene, Oregon:

Chinese, Japanese museum galleries re-open to public
More than 3,000 pieces of East Asian art will display alongside traveling exhibit

When the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art initially opened its doors in 1932, Chinese and Japanese art made up the majority of museum’s collection. In January 2005, the museum re-opened after a renovation that granted nearly twice as much viewing area. However, the main Chinese and Japanese art galleries were not completed and remained closed to the public.

“This museum was originally founded (to) display East Asian art, which is a real strength of our collection,” Curator of Asian Art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Charles Lachman said.

The museum was originally created to house the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art, which then consisted of more than 3,000 pieces of chiefly Japanese and Chinese origin. This fall, the Jordan Schnitzer museum will return to its emphasis of East Asian art by re-opening its permanent Chinese and Japanese installations and housing a special Japanese art exhibit.

“This is a really exciting time for us, because the heart of the museum really lies with this collection,” said Katie Sproles, public relations and marketing coordinator for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art . “We had a spectacular re-opening last January, but many of our friends were unable to see their favorite pieces because the main Chinese and Japanese galleries were still being renovated.”

Beginning Oct. 8, the museum will also host a traveling installation of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints created by some of the most renowned ukiyo-e artists of pre-modern Japan. The exhibit is titled “Inside the Floating World: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection.” It was originally organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and will house a selection of about 100 woodblock prints from the 18th and 19th centuries. Kitagawa Utamaro and Suzuki Harunobu, who is credited with creating the first polychrome woodblock print, are among the many famous artists whose work will be put on display. Furthermore, Lachman has organized a companion exhibit that will feature Western artists who traveled to Japan and adopted traditional woodblock printing techniques.

Unlike the paintings many Western societies are accustomed to, these ukiyo-e prints are created through a process in which an image is initially created on ordinary paper and then transferred onto semi-transparent paper. This special piece of paper is placed face down on a block of wood; the surface is then cut and chiseled away, leaving a three-dimensional design consisting of raised lines and recessed surfaces. The blocks bear the ink that is transferred to paper.

Ukiyo-e, which translates as paintings of the floating or transient world, is a form of genre art that generally captured moments from Japanese entertainment districts, but also provides us with other images of everyday life in pre-modern Japan. A viewer of these images not only has the ability to see masterfully executed artwork, but is also provided with a glimpse into the life and popular culture of Edo-period Japan.

“One of the goals for having this exhibition is that it is really a great teaching exhibition because it is a kind of a survey of highlights of ukiyo-e prints, so the students will get a lot of first-hand experience and quality examples of all different types,” Lachman said.

To take advantage of this educational opportunity, this fall the Department of Art History at the University is offering a course dedicated entirely to Japanese prints. This course will be instructed by Aurora Testa and will grant a handful of students the rare opportunity to observe and study these works of art.

Although this class is nearly full, anyone who is interested in viewing or studying the Japanese woodblock prints can travel to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art before Jan. 8. Admission is free for students with valid student ID, and the museum is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MusEvening! Collecting Japanese Prints - Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a conversation with Lee Michels, M.D., collector, and Hue-Ping Lin and Dick Easley, owners of the White Lotus Gallery in Eugene, about collecting Japanese prints.

Lecture: Inside the Floating World: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection
Allen Hockley, associate professor of art history, Dartmouth College
Saturday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.

Hockley, curator of the traveling exhibition, introduces the floating world. Hockley is author of “The Prints of Isoda Koryusai: Floating World Culture and Its Consumers in Eighteenth-century Japan,” (University of Washington Press, 2002), and many articles on print culture and the history of photography in Japan.