Artists Working, Mabel A. Hewit

Artists Working, Mabel A. Hewit



the museum is very grateful to have received a wonderful gift of work by Mabel Hewitt a Cleveland artist all of this began in 2002 when we hosted a show prepared at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston called Paris to Provincetown Blanche LaSalle in the color woodcut one day I received a phone call and the gentleman asked are there any prints by Mabel Hewitt in the show and I replied that three were included well he and his wife came to visit see the exhibition and brought more work by Hewitt who was Bill jerries and his favorite aunt Mabel she was a wonderful artist and really never got her due in the coming years bill and his wife gifted to the museum much of her work color wood cuts the wood blocks from which they were made and ten sketchbooks usually one would carve a separate black for each color but the white line technique is different in around 1915 nordfeldt one of the print makers who was living in Provincetown invented the white line of Provincetown technique you use one block of wood and cut a groove around each area of color you carefully color one area at a time with watercolor put the paper on top rub the back with even just a wooden spoon to transfer the color from the black to the sheet of paper the trench around the area color does not print it is not 8 so it is really in the final print the unint white paper since you love the back of the paper these white lines are embossed they form a wonderful linear design raised above the sheet of paper because what a color is used the watercolor soaks into the and they are wonderful colored reliefs lovely objects in and of themselves

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