Wheatgrass Books will host a reception duringthis week’s Livingston’s 4th Friday Art Walk.  The show, “River Ink: Wood Engraving Illustrations” includes wood engraving prints of the illustrations from three books by three artists.  The three books are A River Runs Through It, Home Waters, and Big Two-Hearted River: The Centennial Edition. What unites these three books is the use of original wood engravings.

Wood Engraving was developed as a medium for book illustration.  It is a form of relief printmaking.  Cutting away areas of the block produces areas that will not print.  The flat raised relief areas are inked and pressure is applied to transfer ink to paper, creating a mirror image impression of the block.

In 1989, the University of Chicago Press and Pennyroyal Press collaborated to publish an edition of Norman Maclean’s book A River Runs Through It designed and illustrated with wood engravings by America’s preeminent book smith, Barry Moser.  Barry Moser is an American artist and educator, known as a printmaker specializing in wood engravings, and an illustrator of numerous works of literature…

Home Waters, written by John Maclean, (June 2021, Harper Collins) features twelve wood engravings by Wesley W. Bates. Wesley Bates was born in the Yukon in 1952 and raised in Southwestern Saskatchewan. He moved to Hamilton after leaving Mount Alison University….

Big Two-Hearted River: The Centennial Edition by Ernest Hemingway, (May 2023, Harper Collins ) is illustrated with the wood engravings of master engraver Chris Wormell. A self-taught artist, Chris Wormell excels in every area of illustration and has become one of the finest illustrators in Britain today.

Join us at 120 N. Main St. in downtown Livingston. For more information,  email wheatgrassbooks@gmail.com or call 406. 224. 4510.

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