Foam Block Prints by Annette Mitchell and Davida Cook

May 3rd, 2006 by Adam

Area artists Annette Mitchell of Plymouth and Davida Cook of Meredith have teamed up to present the exhibition “Gardens and Galaxies” at the Chi Lin Gallery in Meredith May 12 – June 18. A gallery reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

Both artists are printmakers, working with a foam block printing technique created by Mitchell, who is professor of art at Both artists are printmakers, working with a Plymouth State University, in the early 90’s. Since that time, both artists have expanded their work in this medium to create complex, multilayered prints on a variety of surfaces. Cook creates primarily abstract works, the “Galaxy” portion of the exhibition; printing on a synthetic polypropylene paper (Yupo), and on medium density fiberboard (MDF).

flowersFor this show, Mitchell will develop a floral theme; the “Garden” portion of the exhibition (lefthand image). Each of Mitchell’s images is original and one-of-a-kind, not created in editions or reproduced with giclee techniques. She says, “My subject matter varies, but the common thread has always been a celebration of the rich textures, colors and forms that can be gained through this medium.”

quartet photoCook, who was originally a printmaking major at the University of Michigan, took a foam block printing course with Mitchell at Plymouth State. From there she says, “I became fascinated with the depth of texture and layering possible with the foam plates. I print over watercolor and incorporate reflective elements like metallic pigment, mica and glitter.” (righthand image)

The Chi Lin Gallery is located at 17 Lake Street in Meredith. For information call the gallery at (603) 279-8663. The gallery is open Mondays, and Wednesdays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sundays 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is closed Tuesdays.