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Woodblock Printing Demo At Aloft Art Gallery
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The Aloft Art Gallery in Sonora is offering a couple of special features.

For the entire month of April the gallery is featuring “Curtis Mothershed Artist in the Window.” They also are pleased to present John Sharum doing a block printing demonstration on April 14 for the gallery’s ‘Second Saturday Art Night.’ The art night runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Aloft Art Gallery is at 167 S. Washington St., Sonora and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4:00 p.m.

Curtis Mothershed has transplanted to Sonora from the Santa Cruz area. This is where he honed his skills as a technical illustrator and fine artist for over 30 years. To create landscapes and seascapes he uses his favorite technique; drybrush watercolor. He enjoys this technique because the effect created is unique and can’t be achieved by other art methods. He works on location whenever possible, working quickly to get the lighting and mood of the location. Mothershed’s work will be in the window of the Gallery for the month of April.

At Second Saturday Art Night on April 14, John Sharum will be demonstrating the art of woodblock printing. During the session, he will show how to transfer an image to a wood block, how to carve the block and how to hand print it using water based inks. He will talk about the history of woodblock printing and show examples of both Western and Eastern styles of woodblock prints. He will discuss the materials required to hand print your own prints and where you can locate them. Retired after 30 years in international business, he has pursued art in earnest since 2002. Using elements of line, color and value, he explores images of people and places that have moved him.

For more information, check out the gallery’s website at