Bill Witherspoon to exhibit in Unity Gallery
An exhibit opening Oct. 14 in Unity Gallery will feature prints by artist Bill Witherspoon that are made from fallen trees that have natural designs created by the tiny creatures living between the bark and the wood.
Witherspoon brings composition, color, geometry, and gold to this tiny segment of life. He has made monoprints from about 50 distinct wood surfaces, recording the life of multiple organisms that etch the wood by physical chewing — insect larva — or chemical digestion — fungi and molds.
Witherspoon collects specimens, converts them into printable surfaces, and creates prints using water and oil-soluble wax-based pigments on watercolor papers and polyester films.
Because of the highly irregular surfaces, he makes the prints by burnishing with agates rather than by using presses. After printing, he does additional layering with watercolor, ink, and gold leaf.
The trees include ponderosa, western juniper, incense cedar, aspen, whitebark pine, lodgepole pine, mountain mahogany, Rocky Mountain maple, and madrone — all found in southeast Oregon.
The exhibit, titled “Between the Bark and the Wood,” will open at Unity Gallery in the Maharishi University of Management library with a reception from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
The show will continue through Nov. 4. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 7:15-9 p.m. Sundays.