Open Studios with Melinda Whipplesmith-Plank

Woodblock and print by Melinda Whipplesmith-Plank 

Woodblock and print by Melinda Whipplesmith-Plank 

Melinda Whipplesmith-Plank is a woodblock print maker. This form of creation takes Whipplesmith-Plank’s meticulous drawings and transforms them into something she refers to as “earthier and more evocative than I had the wisdom to do myself,” she said.

Whipplesmith-Plank will walk guests through the process of carving a wood plate she uses to transfer her imagery onto paper, and invite observers to participate by providing supplies to create their own prints.  

The print maker also returned from a Artist in Residence at Lassen National Park.

“I love printmaking because the possibilities are endless and the images have a more powerful presence as non-essential elements are removed to clearly convey a feeling,’ she said. “To me, prints create a visual haiku poem.”

When/where: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 22 at Chico Paper Company, 345 Broadway

Event is free and open to the public.