For the month of August, the Agawam Public Library is please to exhibit the work of Alison Johnson. This artist has created a new series of linoleum cuts of The Beatles she calls, Norwegian Woodcuts.
Alison has been painting, sewing, drawing and creating all kinds of art since she was a young child. She has been a big fan of The Beatles since she was 11 years old, when she first got hold of her father’s record collection. Lately, Alison has been experimenting with creating linocuts, the art of carving an image, in reverse, on a piece of linoleum, and then printing it in black printer’s ink. All images are hand pressed. Some of the Beatles images have colored backgrounds, which were done by rubbing oil paint into the handmade paper she uses.
With Norwegian Woodcuts, Alison has combined her love of the Beatles with her renewed interest in linocuts, which she also first discovered at the age of 11 in junior high art class. Alison also makes art quilts of The Beatles, as well as various other subjects, which have won awards locally. Alison enjoys working as a first grade teacher in East Longmeadow, MA. She is currently living in Feeding Hills with her husband and daughter, Nicole, and a host of cats, rabbits and birds. She enjoys gardening, photography and playing the guitar, which, of course, includes Beatle’s songs!
Viewing of this gallery wall exhibit is during regular library hours.