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 -
Spring & Summer Hours
Gallery hours, May - October are daily from 11am - 5pm. Hope to see you soon!
Betsy Bowen Studio 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, and Ron's World Rocks: Silver & Gems. Rings, pendants, earrings and sculpture by Ron Piercy. http://www.ronsworldrocks.com.
Upstairs you can find the working studio of Wickwire Clay Works, handmade tile and custom installations by Melissa Wickwire. http://www.wickwireclayworks.com
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 is preparing for a solo show of her woodcuts and paintings called "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.
Follow the link to Betsy's books on line, including One North Star.