Artist Reception for Gaylord Schanilec: A Natural History
Fri, Feb 15
James Watrous Gallery: Free
5 PM – 7 PM
Meet Gaylord Schanilec and celebrate the opening of his exhibitat the James Watrous Gallery. The artist will offer an informal gallery talk at 5:30. Internationally known for his color wood engravings, letterpress printing, and handmade books, Gaylord Schanilec has often focused his attention on the wildlife, landscape, and culture of the upper Mississippi. This solo exhibition features his four fine-press books focused on natural history—My Mighty Journey, by John Coy (2019), Lacdes Pleurs (2015), Sylvae (2007), and Mayflies of the Driftless Region (2005)—along with framed color wood engravings from each book and a wide selection of working materials.Schanilec’s recent illustrations for My Mighty Journey, a children’s book about St. Anthony’s Falls, are a revelation, combining his finely detailed engravings with “nature prints” taken from plants, wood, stone, and even fish gathered near the Mississippi. The special edition, which is nearly five feet wide when open, will be shown uncovered so visitors can experience it as a book as well as viewing the framed prints.
Thanks to Wisconsin Academy donors, members, the Wisconsin Arts Board, Dane Arts, and the Wisconsin Book Festival for their support of the James Watrous Gallery.