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"Woodcuts" by Jane Ann Sweeny at the Saul Alexander Gallery
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Main Library - Throughout September - Jane Ann Sweeny received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Clemson University, with a concentration in color reduction woodcuts. She meticulously carves and gouges away at pine wood panels. The initial choice of a particular wood section is an integral part of her process, as she creates images in collaboration with the knots and grain of the wood. The grain of the wood in her pieces accentuates that the work is in fact a woodcut and not a painting. Once she is finished carving, the woodblock is covered with ink, and the relief image on the wood is transferred to paper using a printing press. The woodblock is reduced by carving and run for each color. The color left on the wood is the last color transferred. This creates a limited edition of original, self-pulled prints. The gallery opening reception will be on Wednesday, September 4th from 6 to 7 p.m.