Learn about woodblock printmaking

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BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St., invites everyone to an Artist Talk at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, for Lyell Castonguay, whose solo exhibition Lyell Castonguay: Tributes, runs through July 28.

Castonguay is co-founder, along with Carand Burnet, of Big Ink, a traveling woodblock printmaking partnership providing audiences an opportunity to create large - up to 8 feet - hand-pulled woodcuts. His Artist Talk offers everyone the opportunity to ask questions about creating and printing multiple woodblock prints.

Castonguay's own imagery invokes disparate influences including Japanese ukiyo-e, the naturalist works of Audubon, the expressionism of Leonard Baskin, as well as traditional Chinese brush paintings. Being a birder himself, most of his images are avian or strangely bird-like. Through his artwork Castonguay makes connections to our own societal and environmental issues.

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