Exhibit This exhibit of woodblock prints is inspired by hours of drawing dried algae in the Pringle Herbarium at the University of Vermont. The series is made from a set of ten different woodblocks, used together in different combinations, each created as a single monoprint. The prints themselves are a response to the act of printing— the accumulation of color and form on the paper—and they echo the memory of trays upon trays pulled out of cabinets filled with thousands of specimens.

Biography Elise Whittemore is a painter/printmaker who makes a living as an editorial designer of books and magazines. She studied printmaking, photography and design at Syracuse University. Her studies have included woodcut printing and lithography at the Art Student’s league in New York and a painting residency at the School of Visual Arts. She’s been a member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition, the Painting Center in New York City, as well as 215 College Gallery in Burlington, VT. She’s the 2017 recipient of the Burlington City Arts Barbara Smail award, and is currently in residency at New City Galerie in Burlington. She’s exhibited in various places in New York, Vermont and Boston.

Artist Statement Recently my art practice has become dedicated to printmaking. I can say my subject matter is nature — plants, leaves, and algae — but the way I choose to make them seems more to the point. The physical nature of creating plates makes awkward the process of ‘drawing’ and forces my hand away from familiar assumptions. The labor of art making challenges me to pursue the different ways the hand and material can create meaning together. How does the process of looking at the same image slowly emerging and repeating change that work? And how does our reading of that work change as we see more and more of it?

Join us Thursday, July 13th from 5-7pm, for a Reception and Artist Talk

The exhibit will be on display June 6- August 18th. The Copley Common Space Gallery is located on the main floor at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00a.m.- 4:00p.m, Fridays 9:00 – 2:00p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 802-888-1261.