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By Judy Drew / Wednesday, March 2, 2016 08:27 am
Woodblock Print Artist & Logan Creek Hike Coming Up at The Ridges

BAILEYS HARBOR, WI (March 2, 2016) – Alfred Stark loves making woodblock prints and loves visiting Door County and the surrounding Great Lakes region.  It only makes sense that his two passions should mesh!  Stark’s work will be featured throughout the month of March at The Ridges as part of their ongoing art and lecture series, Reflections on The Ridges.  The artist will be in attendance during an opening reception on March 3, from 4 – 6:30pm at the Cook-Fuller Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. 

Stark has a B.F.A. in drawing from Northern Illinois University and has been a woodblock printmaker for ten years.  All his prints are created using the Japanese process known as Moku Hanga (wood print). Images are brushed on tissue thin Japanese paper (tengucho) which is then glued to a smooth wood block. Once the glue is dry the image is carved out through the paper on the block. The resulting image is then carefully inked with either a Japanese brush or brayer. Paper is then laid across the inked block and rubbed from the back with a tool called a disc baren. After rubbing, the paper is carefully pulled from the block and hung up to dry.

“Years ago my Grandparents had a house in Door County near Kangaroo Lake," says Stark. “Many years later I am still hooked on the place. Through my art, I hope to share some of the natural beauty that Door County and the surrounding lake area have to offer.”

Following the reception, guests are invited to say for a casual lecture at 7pm. Brian Forest will present Albert Fuller, Founding Father of The Ridges. Admission to Reflections on The Ridges is free.

Hikers can explore the beautiful late winter landscape of Logan Creek with a Ridges naturalist on March 6 at 2pm. Owned and managed by The Ridges, the Logan Creek property is comprised of a variety of habitats, including upland hardwood forest, lowland cedar-hemlock forest and frontage along both Clark Lake and Logan Creek. Wear good hiking boots and meet at the Logan Creek trailhead, 5724 Loritz Road.  Adult fees are $5 for Ridges members and $8 for the general public.  Children and students under 18 hike free.

For more information on these and other programs at The Ridges, visit RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920.839.2802.

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