Millie Whipplesmith Plank, woodblock prints & Christian Burchard, sculpture
March 1 – April 2
First Friday Opening Reception, March 1st, 5-8 p.m.
Millie Whipplesmith Plank’s work is informed by her cattle ranching heritage. It celebrates biodiversity and the preservation of open spaces. Rich colors, simple shapes, and the nostalgia of traditional woodblock prints combines with the energy and texture of spontaneous line.
She was accepted into the Society of Animal Artists, 2017 and served as artist in residence at Glacier National Park, 2014, and Lassen Volcanic National Park, 2016. Millie is a board member of the “California Society of Printmakers” and part of the “Rogue Women” of Southern Oregon.
Christian Burchard works exclusively with Madrone burl. Beginning each piece while wet, he shapes it freehand with a chainsaw, bandsaw or sawmill then lets the piece dry. As the moisture leaves the wood it begins to contract, transforming into elegant, often surprising forms. From this form Buchard brings his own hand back into the piece, sandblasting, bleaching and burning the surface to reveal the detail and expressiveness of the wood. He may burn or carve marks into the surface, resembling tattoos or writing. The result is a balance of control and freedom; a collaboration between artist and material.