April 20 - RiverArts Salon: Provincetown Printers with Fred Dylla

RiverArts Salons

A RiverArts Salon is a (virtual) place to learn something new, share ideas, explore interesting topics, see and be seen, and have fun.

Tuesdays from 5 - 5:45, on Zoom

Tuesday, April 20 Salon: Fred Dylla

A physicist discovers the white-line woodcut

The white-line woodcut technique was invented in the opening decades of the 20th century by a group of artists who spent each summer in the Provincetown, Massachusetts art colony. This group – called the “Provincetown Printers” had an admiration for the delicate and full color woodcuts perfected by the Japanese in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Japanese technique was both labor intensive and complicated by the need for carving individual wood blocks for each color used in the scene. The Provincetown Printers developed the “white-line” technique that instead used a single woodblock to create the final image on paper.

The popularity of the Provincetown Print had a brief flourish with the first group shows in New York City and Provincetown in 1916 but then largely was forgotten. The technique saw a resurgence in early 1980’s after well publicized exhibits at the National Gallery of Art and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Fred Dylla has been making white-line woodcuts for two decades. His mentor, Cape Cod artist Bill Evaul, helped to rediscover the art form in Provincetown in the 1980’s and has been teaching and exhibiting white-line woodcuts ever since.

Fred’s white-line woodcuts have been shown at art exhibits in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware for the last 15 years. His work makes frequent appearances at the Rehoboth Writers Guild Art in the AM series. He is a member of the Rehoboth Art League and the Art League of Ocean City. He has been teaching the white-line technique at the Rehoboth Art League and the Chestertown (MD) Art League for the last three years. Fred makes his home in Lewes, Delaware with his wife Linda who is science writer and textile artist and a needy terrier named Frankie named after his favorite crooner.



Lead Person & Content Photo Credits: Scott Nathan

Banner Photo Credits: The Provincetown Print, “Sail Boat” (1933) by Blanche Lazzell

(For more information on Blanche Lazzell, click here)


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