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In the Steps of Folly Cove @ UVM

Posted on: Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Detail of In The Steps of Folly Cove at the Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont


block printing test for In the Steps of Folly Cove at Russell Janis


Congratulations to artist/curator/printmaker, Janis Stemmerman (also the creative director of Russell Janis Project Space in Brooklyn) for the recent opening of 'In the Steps of Folly Cove' at the Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont. This print invitational exhibition was first shown at Russell Janis in 2017, and an accompanying catalogue (available here) describes the story of the original Folly Cove Designers and their mission as a collective.

The Folly Cove Designers (1941-1969), one of America’s longest-running artist collectives, was the product of a 1938 exchange between neighbors in Folly Cove, in Gloucester, Mass. Renowned children’s book author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios (of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel fame) traded design lessons in exchange for violin lessons for her sons, leading community- wide design classes and eventually the formation of the eponymous, juried block print guild. The group was propelled to International fame through commercial contracts with major retailers, articles in LIFE Magazine and participation in seminal craft exhibitions.



printed panels installed at Russell Janis project space in 2017

It was such a learning experience for me to participate in the printing of the panels created for the original as well as this current exhibition. My carved linoleum block appears above and was then repeat printed on Belgian linen (below) at the Russell Janis atelier.





In the Steps of Folly Cove @ UVM is on view through October 25, 2019


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