My first woodcut was 1970, a primitive looking black and white family portrait on a piece of scrap oak, hard as a ... hardwood. I wasn't much of a painter then, but liked to draw, and the vigor of the wood carving and the hand printing was appealing. I realized later that the connection to the letterpress printshop from my high school newspaper days made sense to me.
Cutting an image into the wood is a commitment; it's hard to go back. The direct and bold look of woodcuts, is, I think, partly a result of the way they are made. It is a bold act to cut for hours with sharp tools, a backwards picture, onto a slab of wood and believe it will be pleasing, or meaningful, when it is printed.
Here's a photo essay by Phil Bowen about a Valentine print ...
Betsy Bowen StudioGrand Marais, MN - Fall Hours & Special Events
Gallery hours through October 28th are daily from 11am - 5pm.
We'll have extended hours, from 10am - 5pm, for the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour, September 29 - October 8.
Special Tour Events:
Woodcut printmaking demos by Betsy Bowen, most days throughout the tour.
In-Studio oil painting by Heidi Sobanja, most afternoons.
Hand-made tile demos by Melissa Wickwire, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 -5.
In-Studio visit with photographer Travis Novitsky, Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 - 2.
In-Studio visit with potter Fritz Lehmberg, October 6, 7, 8
What's Upstairs? Studios will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 6 -8, including a woodturning demonstration with Angela Robins on Saturday, October 6th from 2 - 5pm.
Betsy Bowen Gallery is the best place to find rare and exclusive woodcuts by Betsy, signed books, calendars, cards, local pottery and lots more.
We are also the home of Stephan Hoglund Borderlands Gallery, where you will find art jewelry made from local gemstones as well as portrait and wedding photography.
Upstairs you can find the working studios of Wickwire Clay Works, handmade tile and custom installations by Melissa Wickwire. http://www.wickwireclayworks.com and woodenware by Jim Sannerud. Upstairs studios don't keep regular open hours, but the artists' work is available in the downstairs Gallery.
Congratulations to One North Star! Winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Children's Literature as well as winner of the 2017 Riverby Award, given by the John Burroughs Association for exceptional natural history writing for young readers. Hamline University's online journal, Bookology spoke with Betsy, Phyllis Root and Beckie Prange, about their collaboration on the award-winning children's book.
Betsy's woodcuts and paintings are on view at Lanesboro Arts as part of her solo show, "Homage to the Home Town." The exhibit opens on August 12th, 2017. For more details, please follow the link to the Lanesboro Arts exhibit page.
2018 Calendars are a hot item! Follow the link to woodcut.com and place your order on line.