Artists Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth of the Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop, whose works are on view in the Paul Mesaros Gallery at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center through Dec. 9, will present a visiting artist lecture about their work, Thursday, Oct. 23, also at the Creative Arts Center.

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). A reception for the exhibition will follow at 6 p.m. at the Mesaros Galleries. All events are free and open to the public.

“Nature Naturing: Woodcut Prints by Tugboat Printshop” is the title of the exhibition by these collaborative woodcut artists who operate Tugboat Printshop. The couple has been publishing their traditionally hand-crafted color woodcut prints from Pittsburgh since 2006. To date, Tugboat Printshop has published nearly 100 multiblock editions.

The intricate woodcuts celebrate the natural world and mankind’s relationship to it. Lueth and Roden build idealistic, meticulously patterned worlds with extreme focus on craft and detail. Rich color is layered in multiple impressions from hand-drawn, hand-carved and individually printed woodblocks.

As makers and doers with a vested interest in community, Roden and Lueth meet the public most often in the street. Their active exhibiting schedule has also made Tugboat Printshop woodcuts highly collected by a growing national and international audience.

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For more information, contact Robert Bridges, curator, at (304) 293-2312.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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