Theresa Haberkorn shows woodcut prints at Arts Alive in Breckenridge
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What: Reception and exhibition of work from Theresa Haberkorn
When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 11; exhibition continues through Thursday, April 30
Where: Arts Alive Gallery, 500 S. Main St. in the La Cima Mall, Breckenridge
Cost: Admission is free; art is available for purchase
More information: Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; call (970) 453-0450 or visit http://www.theresahaberkorn.com to learn more
Boulder artist Theresa Haberkorn will exhibit her landscape and nature-inspired woodcut prints at Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge through the end of April as the gallery’s artist of the month. Haberkorn will be at the gallery for a reception Saturday, April 11.
Haberkorn has completed two artist residencies in the Breckenridge Arts District, one at the Tin Shop in 2013 and a month-long stint at the Robert Whyte House, which wrapped up at the end of March. The artist said she is looking forward to showing her works to the public outside of the Arts District.
“This show is a nice culmination of my work and being in Breckenridge and being able to work kind of in a focused environment,” she said. “Over the years now, I’ve had a growing connection to Breckenridge, so I’m happy to show my work there.”
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As a child, Haberkorn was encouraged by her mother to pursue “every kind of art and craft you can think of,” eventually leading her to enroll in the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in Saint Petersburg, Florida, after which she continued her formal training at the University of South Florida, where she studied printmaking.
“I first did it (printmaking) in high school,” she said, “and I was doing a lot of photography in college and I took an overview, like a survey class of printmaking, and when we did woodcut, everything clicked together with that medium, and so I’ve stuck with it ever since.”
To compose her prints, Haberkorn carves an image by hand with gouges into a plank of wood. She uses a brayer, or hand roller, to apply ink to the wood, which she passes through a press to transfer the image from the block onto a sheet of paper. Either each color is printed from a separate block, or some blocks are recut and a new color is printed with each pass through the press. A print could have 12 or more colors to complete the image.
Though the artist didn’t have time to frame any of the most recent pieces she created during her time at the Robert Whyte House, several of the prints she plans to display, including a few winter landscapes, were made during her first Breckenridge residency.
“There’s one specifically from Breckenridge, ‘Morning Light,’ and that was one from the slopes of Breck,” she said. “And there’s some other landscapes. There’s one of the Comanche Drive-In movie theater in Buena Vista.”
For another piece, Haberkorn created a collage on wood and made a paper print titled “Green Forest.” She transferred the image onto a piece of wood and, using a table saw and chop saw, cut the wood print into pieces and mounted them to create a new work.
“That piece is interesting because it’s a reinvention of one piece that’s framed on paper and the same image is reused, but I transferred it onto wood and cut it up and did the mounting into a letterpress tray,” she said.
The artist said she was drawn to woodcut because it’s a sculptural process, starting with a carving, then transferring the image.
“Once you make the carving, you can play with repeating it or mixing different colors, changing the way you treat the block or mix and match with different layering of colors,” she said. “The ‘Green Forest’ on paper and the piece on wood — it’s fun to play around with retranslating the same image. Printmaking enables you to do that, take advantage of the multiple uses of the same image.”
Haberkorn’s colorful, multilayered prints are inspired by nature, including the time she spends in her own garden in Boulder, and the landscapes of Colorado. The focus of her work ranges from broad landscapes to the often-missed details found underfoot along a trail. Haberkorn is constantly finding new ways to bring those images to her audience and spent her most recent Breckenridge residency exploring new printmaking techniques.
“I was actually experimenting with watercolor on Plexiglas and wood, and I just kind of scratched the surface on what I can do with it,” she said. “It’s a different pigment. Instead of ink, I’m printing with watercolor. I can get some more brushy effects with my prints. I want to explore that more and what I can do with that technique. And hopefully, I can show it more in the future in Breck.”
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