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An Abundance of Riches

July 1 - october 21, 2017

Explore the worlds of art and nature through Andrea Rich’s intricately designed, carved, and printed woodcuts. An internationally recognized artist, Rich has traveled worldwide to portray the beauty of birds and animals in their habitats through her work.

My prints are a visual record of the intriguing creatures that have enriched my life. The woodcut process challenges me to focus on the essence of my subjects. At the same time, I am drawn to the smell of the wood, its texture and grain, and the pleasure I experience while carving. I begin working on a block of wood and realize later that hours have passed without notice.

Andrea Rich’s detailed woodcuts draw viewers in for an up-close look. Rich uses a centuries-old medium that requires a carved wood panel for each layer of color needed to develop the composition. These panels are painstakingly aligned one atop another sequentially and pulled through a printing press to create the final piece.

Among Rich’s many achievements are international recognitions for her woodcut prints, including a 2009 Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists and a 2009 Medal of Excellence from the Artists for Conservation Foundation. She was named Master Artist by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in 2006. In 2010 her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center, Canton, Massachusetts. Rich is a member of the California Society of Printmakers, Artists for Nature Foundation, the Society of Animal Artists, and Society of Wildlife Artists.

An Abundance of Riches comes to the Wendell Gilley on loan from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Works by Wendell Gilley

True to its name, the Museum always features substantial and changing exhibits of bird carvings by Wendell Gilley. Pieces by Museum members and the Carver-in-Residence are also regularly on view along with rotating exhibitions from the Museum's holdings of prints and paintings.

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