Relief prints and handmade books by Robert Walp and pen and ink drawings by Evan Chismark will be exhibited at Tannery Pond Community Center’s Widlund Gallery in North Creek from January 31 to February 25. A reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday, January 31, from 4 to 6 pm.
Robert Walp is a letterpress printer, papermaker and print maker from Chestertown, working under the imprint of Chester Creek Press. His work is informed by the natural world around him and by mental images formed from reading ancient Japanese and Chinese poetry.
Hand printed and hand bound books by Chester Creek Press can be found in collections at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution Library, the libraries of Yale and Dartmouth Universities and the Town of Chester Public Library among others. Walp earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in the Book Arts in 2006.
Walp will be exhibiting relief prints and handmade books along with a selection of works from the Town of Chester Public Library’s Book Arts Collection.
Artist Evan Chismark has migrated over the years from east to west and back again, along the way studying under artists from different and varied backgrounds. These days Evan is proud calls Vermont home.
“I have a somewhat dichotomous personality as an artist, where one half lives in the world of fine art and micro-detail, and the other thrives on creativity and intellectually challenging concepts,” Chismark said. “Much of my work resides at the confluence of art and environmentalism. Nature is a huge influence on my work, but so is the DIY ethos associated with early skate and snowboard culture. I specialize in pen and ink drawings, but also love to paint on found materials, scrap wood and old skateboard decks. As a lifelong outdoorsman, whether hiking, bicycle riding, or backcountry snowboarding, I’m constantly on the hunt for inspiration in the natural world. Nature never ceases to amaze me. Being in the woods, standing on top of a mountain, those things breathe life into me and fuel my creativity.”
Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek. Gallery hours are 10 am – 4 pm, weekdays.