Art Gallery — Printmaker Chris Style: Stories and Inspirations

Event details

  • Thursday | August 1, 2019 to Wednesday | August 28, 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
  • 920-854-7559

Showing Dates: August 1 – 28, 2019

Chris Style will be exhibiting a selection of her prints from her ‘Stories From the Heart’ woodcut series and her large-scale prints created for various ‘Steamroller Print’ events. Shown alongside her works will also be some works that inspired her. These include Indian miniature paintings, a Chitraker hand-painted scroll from the village of Naya, India, and photographs of Nek Chand Rock Garden in Chandigraph, India. To see more about her work visit www.christinestyle.com.

Chris Style was raised in Brookfield, WI, and received her BS in Art from UW-Madison and her MFA in printmaking from UW-Milwaukee. After 31 years teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Style retired this year and is now Professor Emeritus of Art & Design. Style lives and maintains a printmaking studio in Green Bay, WI. Style has taken students to Italy (15 times), Peru & Bolivia (one time), and India (one time). Style has traveled to India personally six times since 2001. Her travels were often with her late husband, Anton (Tony) Rajer and were primarily to Chandigarh, in northern India, as a volunteer for the Nek Chand Foundation and their mission to preserve and assist the needs of the Nek Chand Rock Garden – www.nekchand.com. In 2014, Style’s also worked at the Kolkata College of Arts & Crafts for one week and stayed in the village of Naya for the Naya Festival. To learn more about the India hand-painted singing scrolls see the Folk Art Messenger article Style wrote – https://folkart.org/mag/chitrakars-naya

The printmaking process that Chris Style will highlight in this exhibit will be hand-carved woodcuts. Images designed for carving woodcuts must be reduced to black and white and therefore often have a graphic quality. Style primarily uses MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) as the wood she carves into as it does not have a grain, which can make carving more difficult. An even layer of ink is rolled onto the completed block and paper is placed on top. The print can then be either hand-rubbed, run through a printing press, or pressed using a ‘steam roller.’ Style has been involved in numerous steam roller printmaking events at the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, WI, and ‘Really Big Prints 2014, 2016, and 2018 at the UW-Manitowoc campus.

UU Gallery Exhibit: The UU Gallery is free and open to the public. It is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. Hours are from 1-4 pm on Tuesday- Friday, and on Sunday mornings from 11 am–12 pm.  For more information call 920-854-7559.