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 -
Gallery hours, January - March are TH, FRI, SAT from 11am - 5pm and some Sundays, if it's a long weekend.
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! The winner of a 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 was honored as one of 50 Over 50 artists, writers, musicians, performers, thespians, filmmakers, and other creatives who contribute to Minnesota’s thriving culture! Read the entire list and Betsy's story here: http://www.pollenmidwest.org/stories/50-over-50/
Thank you Dan Olson at Minnesota Public Radio for the interview with Betsy!
Follow the link to Betsy's books on line, including One North Star.