William Mitchell's brightly colored original serigraph prints depict New Hampshire's scenic beauty
Born in Holyoke, MA., and raised in Catskill, N.Y., Printmaker William Mitchell moved to NH in 1983 and began creating silkscreens of the NH landscape.
When Mitchell depicts a NH mountain, forest or river, the resulting image is both familiar and brand new. Mitchell's brightly colored prints portray places of special beauty and meaning to him.
“The scenic beauty of New Hampshire amazes me. How the rolling of a blue sky touches our rolling mountains to create a vibrant world. The intimate forest scenes, rushing streams and color everywhere are what inspire me. I hope that people take an appreciation and an interest in the preservation of our natural world from my art. I hope people are also able to explore their feelings about nature through my work.”
Mitchell, a high school art teacher, lives in Dover, NH with his wife Mary.
The Artist’s Card at Martin-Mullen Art Gallery
A special event happened last weekend as I visited my college art professor James Mullen at the SUNY Oneonta gallery dedicated to him. Mr. Mullen and Gallery director Tim Sheesley have organized the show ‘The Artist’s Card’ on view until December 17. Hundreds of cards by Mullen, his friends and students are on display. I began creating handmade holiday cards 40 years ago after being inspired by Mullen’s work. I am thrilled to have 11 examples of my seasonal cards mailed over the years to James Mullen on display.
Starting the first Saturday in August and running for nine days, the Annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair showcases the work of some of the finest craftspeople in the country. See and shop for one-of-a-kind fine craft that is both beautiful and functional. Meet the makers and learn about their vision and passion for their craft.
Here are some of my memories of the 2017 -2019 fairs where I exhibited my silkscreen prints and offered daily classes in printmaking. See you at the 87th Craftsmen's Fair in 2020!
About the print: “Winter Memory ” Near Lincoln, New Hampshire, the Pemigewasett River runs through the White Mountains. For many years we have cross country skied on an old railroad logging track now called The Wilderness Trail. The print is a 2 color silkscreen utilizing hand cut paper stencils printed on December 1, 2019 by William Mitchell. ENJOY MORE HOLIDAY CARDS THROUGH THE YEARS
Capital Arts Fest Returns September 2020
All images copyright William Mitchell