Susan Leone Howe | Mokuhanga Woodcut Printmaking
Sat. June 30th | 2pm-3pm
Spotlight Gallery (Upper Floor)
Free with Admission | Free to Members | RSVP Required
This summer, in conjunction with the exhibition Thinking Outside the Frame, several artists will lead a series of printmaking demonstrations in the Spotlight Gallery. Artwork created during the demos will be displayed in the gallery throughout the duration of the exhibition to further illustrate and share the creative process with museum visitors. Artists featured in the summer printmaking series are members of the California Society of Printmakers.
Susan Leone Howe will provide a short history and a demonstration of Mokuhanga woodcut printmaking, roughly translated as “wood impression picture”. This printing tradition flourished in Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai is a famous example of the technique. The wood printing blocks are usually hand carved and traditional inks are water-based. One advantage of this technique is that the impressions are traditionally printed by hand and do not require a printing press. However, for this demo Susan will run one impression through the press to display in the demo gallery.
Susan Leone Howe is a professional printmaker and painter. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University and continued her education in printmaking at California College of the Arts, Cabrillo College and Kala Art Institute. Her many museum and gallery exhibition venues include: the Merced County Art Center, Pacific Grove Art Center and Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz.