The Printmaking Pair
In September we're featuring Julie and David Williams, a married couple that shares a passion for the traditional art of printmaking. Their show opened at ArtWalk September 1st and will be up all month.
The Reduction Woodcuts
Locals and visitors alike have fallen in love with Julie Williams's woodcut prints. She captures the intimate spirit of a place or a moment; "I know this spot!" customer's often say.
Julie uses the color reduction technique in her woodcut printing, an old form of art that begins with carving into a flat, wooden block. She mixes her inks to create her unique palette, then inks the carved image and transfers it to a piece of paper by running it under pressure through a press.
After printing that image on a set number of pages to make what is known as an Edition, Julie returns to the original piece of wood to carve more away until the image is different and she's ready for the next color. She'll ink the wood and apply the new image on top of the first one, layering from light to dark colors, repeating the meticulous process of carving, inking, and printing over and over until the image is complete. It's time-consuming, but creates a stunning work of art.
The Lithographs and Intaglios
David Williams works in a different kind of printmaking technique, more attuned to his training in illustration. Instead of creating an image by carving into wood, David hand-draws directly onto the surface from which he will print. Lithographs are printed off stone blocks and intaglios are printed from etched sheets of metal, but both allow for highly detailed illustrations to be printed multiple times using a press. Longtime professor of printmaking at Northern Arizona University, David shares his knowledge of this centuries-old craft with the next generation of artists.
Inspired by history, nature, and his sense of humor, David has created a wide body of work, from tenebrous ravens to the surreal "An Extraordinary Afternoon" collection with an array of boats, planes, and wild animals in unexpected places.
A large variety of both Julie and David's framed work will be on display during the month of September, a wider selection will be available unframed, and we've recently added more of their pieces to the online store for those who live far away.
Blow Your Own Ball (BYOB) Signup Is Open!
In this annual event you blow your own glass ornament under the expert guidance of artist, George Averbeck! Sessions this year will take place on: October 14, October 21, November 4, and November 11.
You'll select a 15-minute slot on one of those days to blow your ornament.
It costs $37 per ornament and you can pay over the phone or in-person at the gallery. You must pay when you sign up.
Ornaments need to be cooled slowly in a kiln and will be available for pickup the following day at the gallery.
Call 928-779-3790 or come into the gallery to sign up!
Jewelry Popup with Rachel Richardson
Rachel will be at the gallery from 11:00am-3:00pm on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. She'll be attaching permanent necklaces, bracelets, and anklets in sterling silver and a variety of gold chains.
Want a custom charm? She can stamp charms for you in-person: The initials of someone special, an important date, or even a whole word on a necklace! For more info about permanent jewelry, check out Rachel's page.
Our extended hours for summer are ending with the Labor Day weekend.
Starting the first week of September, we will be back to our normal hours of:
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
The ArtWalk on October 6th will feature glass blower, George O'Grady (sometimes affectionately referred to in the gallery as "the other George"). We have more than one event in the works for October, so be sure to check out next month's newsletter (if you're not signed up, do so here)!
You can shop our handmade art from anywhere and we're constantly adding new items to our online store!
Don't see what you're looking for? Call us at 928-779-3790 and we'll send you pictures of items in stock and process your order over the phone.
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News and Events
See what events are coming up for AZ Handmade and Fire on the Mountain Galleries, including ArtWalk features for each month and special events like Blow Your Own Ornament workshops and artist demonstrations!