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Blake Gallery to feature work of UMFK students in Paul Gebhardt's art classes

December 2, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Art Gallery will feature the works of students in UMFK assistant professor of art and art education Paul Gebhardt's art fundamentals and printmaking classes. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, December 12 through Friday, December 23.

Included in the showing are some extraordinary pieces that represent the students' semester work, consisting of drawings, linoleum relief prints, and three color woodcuts.

The fundamentals of art class serves as a drawing and painting foundation course. Students study observational drawing and design.

The printmaking class examines direct printmaking techniques, such as relief printing and woodcut designs.

Relief printing is a subtractive printing process where areas meant not to print are physically removed, thus resulting in the image area to be printed to be left behind and created in relief. The printing is achieved by cutting away the areas of the image, which are not meant to print. The remaining areas that are in relief are the area that will print.

Woodcut designs are first carved into wood blocks and then the ink is applied to the blocks.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information contact Sophia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.

In addition to art exhibits in Blake Library, Gebhardt is bringing back a tradition at UMFK by having his students from both art classes display their work in the Bengal's Lair.

Selected works will be on display in December and new pieces will be exhibited in the student lounge on a rotating basis throughout the academic year.