Stoneleigh-Burnham School will present a collection of monumental woodcut prints to be on display in the school’s Geissler Gallery January 17 through February 18. Organized by Easthampton, MA-based printmaker Lyell Castonguay, the exhibit, BIG INK, showcases very large woodcut prints from more than a dozen area artists.

The public is invited to attend a gallery talk on Friday, January 17 at 2:35 p.m. in Geissler Gallery. The opening reception will be held later that evening from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

BIG INK is a traveling exhibit with the goal of promoting large woodcuts as an enduring artistic process. Over the past two years, artists from around the Pioneer Valley and New England have produced woodcuts up to 48 inches-by-96 inches in dimension. The prints were created in either a class or an outdoor print event facilitated by Castonguay. Participating artists come from all artistic backgrounds including painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. The artists include Lyell Castonguay, Carand Burnet, Chris Millette, Ali Osborn, Elena Betke-Brunswick, Jamie Sweeney, Helen Rebecchi, Carlye Woodward, Jessica Coville, Julie Rivera, B.Z. Reily, Diane Travis, Ned Roche, and Cait Guinta.

Castonguay says, “The process of creating a woodcut has changed little in the centuries, yet it remains a vital medium explored by each new generation of artists. Monumental woodcut is a modern invention that uses scale as well as content to quickly communicate ideas to an audience.”

At the January 17 gallery talk, Castonguay will discuss the importance of the collaborative process, creating large-scale art for public exhibition, and the future of BIG INK.

Castonguay has taught BIG INK, Large Scale Woodcut at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA and has held spontaneous outdoor printmaking demos in Western Massachusetts. Castonguay is the recipient of three previous Massachusetts Cultural Council grants and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including France, Ireland, and Wales.

Images and video of the monumental printmaking process, can be found here:

The Geissler Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA 01301. For more information, please call 413-774-2711.