Published DateMEREDITH — "Pyrography: Drawing With Fire" with Jessie O'Brien on Monday, June 24 from 7-8 p.m. will be the first presentation in the League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery's third annual "Signature of Excellence" lecture series.
The series features juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen and is designed to provide an indepth look at how fine craft is made.
The lectures are held in the Fireside Room at the Chase House, located at 312 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the gallery at (603) 279-7920.
Pyrography means 'to draw with fire,' and the appeal of pyrography lies in its rustic and natural beauty as well as its unique look. Award winning, self-taught artist and illustrator Jessie O'Brien, will talk about the finer points of material selection, the tools involved in her craft, and her inspiration and approach to pyrography in general.
O'Brien specializes in wildlife with a focus on eyes and textures, but also enjoys portraiture and miniature burning on leather, fine maple plywood and tagua nuts. She has won numerous awards for her work including first place in an all pyrographic international show in 2011.
O'Brien is also offering the class "Pyrography: An Introduction to Woodburning" at the Meredith Gallery on Saturday, June 22. Students will learn about equipment, nib use and care, set-up and safety, prep and transfer methods. They will learn how to create tonal value and textures with different marks and experiment with color, and perhaps most importantly, how to correct mistakes. Students do not need to know how to draw to be successful, and projects will be explained and demonstrated step by step.
A list of required supplies and tools is available at the Meredith Gallery. Students should bring a lunch as this class runs a full 7 hours.
Tuition is $95 per student, and there is no additional materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required in advance by calling the gallery at (603) 279-7920.
Jessie O'Brien's pyrography is on exhbit in Meredith. (Courtesy photo)