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.
William Mitchell honored as Local Educator of the year
Chichester Grange held its Annual Awards Night on Wednesday, May 2nd. About 45 family members and friends were in attendance to support the honorees. Chichester Grange is pleased and proud to honor the following individuals as representatives of the services that make Chichester and the surrounding area such a great place in which to live.
William Mitchell, Educator: This year it was the turn of Pittsfield Middle High School to nominate an Educator of the Year. William Mitchell has been a juried print maker in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1991 and is a listed artist in Who’s Who in America. He teaches Art at PMHS and has supported the establishment of after school programs such as the Art Club and the literary and art publication Loose Leaf Magazine. Mr. Mitchell has facilitated Learning Studios with students and colleagues, including Empty Bowls, which developed and designed ceramic soup bowls, planned soup recipes, and held a fundraiser to support the Pittsfield Food Pantry. Most recently, his Learning Studio Panther Shirts, Print, and Design has designed and printed t-shirts for school organizations. Additionally, Mr. Mitchell has served as a chaperone for the Ski and Snowboard Club.
Artwork installations for the Mayo Clinic
For the last few years I have been creating large Giclee prints of many of my serigraphs for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The prints are installed in waiting rooms and family areas throughout the hospital. The Mayo Clinic’s website states that “For more than 100 years, Mayo Clinic has specialized in creating a unique environment, where art plays a vital role in the healing process.”
Thanks for joining me at this wonderful event. I hope to see you once again next fall in downtown Concord. Watch the new video to learn about the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the artists that make it special.
Thank you for a great League of NH Craftsmen's Fair August 4-12, 2018!
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 and 2018 fairs where I exhibited my silkscreen prints and offered daily classes in printmaking. See you at the 86th Craftsmen's Fair in 2019!
All images copyright William Mitchell