Monday, March 16, 2009

NOT YOUR ORDINARY POTATO PRINT!


Artist Helen Haddad will be coming to the Wheeler Memorial Library to present the 2nd class in the Wheeler Library’s After School Arts Series. Her art involves an unusual printing block – the lowly potato. She has explored the medium of potato printing far beyond the kindergarten stage, perhaps now approaching the Ph.D. level. She most often works within the confines of a single potato, selecting a potato with a shape that will enhance the design. The production of each print involves carving the flat surface of a cut potato with nails, linoleum cutters, or other tools. Then she paints the block and applies the block to paper, resulting in a unique print. It is essential to complete the entire process quickly before the surface of the perishable potato starts to deteriorate. To create larger prints she use multiple carved blocks. Her largest print is the seven foot long dragon installed in the Wendell, MA library. While her potato printing techniques are self taught, she studied art at Smith College and at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Call the Wheeler Memorial Library (978-544-2495 x103) to save your place in this workshop. At the same time you can sign up for any of the following classes. This series is made possible by a grant from the Orange Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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