June’s Featured Artist - Ellen F. Rosenthal

Ellen F. Rosenthal is a printmaker who specializes in hand-pulled Relief Block Prints and Block Print Collages with mixed media. All of her block prints are based on her original drawings that are transferred to a block, carved, inked and then hand-printed. All her block prints are considered to be “Fine Art Originals” and are signed as part of an open or a closed edition. She loves the creative possibilities of relief block printing in interpreting the natural world of flora and fauna, landscape, still life, and other subject matter. 

Block printing is a very old art form, and Ellen enjoys the creative challenges of expanding her art practice through using different printmaking papers, adding color with multi-colored reduction prints, experimenting with collage elements, and using color pencil or mixed media enhancements.

She first started printmaking during her student teaching in art education. She had never done any printmaking before but her host teacher suggested she watch a demo and teach it to the classes the following day. After receiving a block and some cutter tools, she was hooked. Block printing became one of her favorite units to teach during her 15 years as a middle school teacher, and one of the students' favorites as well. Now that she’s retired and has more time to focus on printmaking, she’s still hooked!

Ellen is a member of The Artists Undertaking Gallery, an artists' co-op in Occoquan, VA, and also an artist member of the Del Ray Artisans in Alexandria VA, a non-profit gallery run by volunteers, where she exhibits in their monthly themed shows. She has taught several “Into Block Print” workshops at the Del Ray Artisans, and just recently co-curated an exhibit there on printmaking, "Prints in May @ DRA: Exploring the Possibilities”. 

 Instagram : http://instagram.com/erosenthalprintmaker

Artists Undertaking Gallery: https://artists-undertaking-gallery.mailchimpsites.com/

Del Ray Artisans Gallery: www.DelRayArtisans.org



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