HOLDERNESS — Local artist Matt Brown will give a presentation and demonstration on woodblock printing using the Japanese hanga traditional method at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 14, at the Squam Lakes Association headquarters at 534 US Route 3 in Holderness. Brown will showcase some of his artwork inspired by the Lakes Region and the Squam Lakes area. Hanga is color woodblock printing method using multiple blocks with water, rice paste and lightfast pigments. Papers used are acid free. It is the technique used to make the ukiyo-e and shin hanga prints of Japan.
Brown has been making woodblock prints since 1993. His imagery is mostly of New England: Vermont, New Hampshire, and the coast of Maine. Motivated by a desire to develop a deeper understanding of our natural surroundings, Matt is intrigued by how our visual thinking can move our emotions and shape how we interact with our world. Brown owns and operates his own art gallery in Lyme. The gallery specializes in fine art, crafts, and books by residents of Lyme and Thetford, Vermont. The gallery also displays and sells kabuki actor prints (yakusha-e) by one of the world's great artists, Utagawa Kunisada (1789-1865).
For more information about this event visit www.squamlakes.org or call 603-986-7336. Each month, the Squam Lakes Association hosts a Squam Speaker Series program on Wednesday evenings, free and open to the public.
An example of a woodblock print by local artist Matt Brown, who will be giving a presentation and demonstration at the Squam Lakes Association on March 14. (Courtesy photo)