Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1

Woodblock Prints Gallery

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Red Bridge

"Red Bridge" ~ Woodblock print by Barbara Mason
(from series #15 at Baren Forum)

After the storm,
the furious brown flow calms–
clear water,
it glistens with refractions
of green moss, pebbles, and sand.
—Nick Teele

(verse from Mountain-Home Modern Waka)

Barbara MasonBarbara Mason is an artist/printmaker working in her own printmaking studio in Aloha, 15 miles west of Portland, Oregon. A lifelong artist, she began studying printmaking in the early 80's and was immediately enamored with the medium. She has been making monotypes almost exclusively for the last 20 years but recently also began making block prints and solar plate intaglio prints.

An arts advocate and active in the community, Barbara has been a resource person for the Beaver-ton School District since 1976. Serving 8 years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, she was also a founding board member of Art in the Pearl, an outdoor community arts fair taking place for the 8th time this Labor Day Weekend. She has been on the board of Crow's Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is currently Education Chair of Print Arts Northwest the gallery and studio of the Northwest Print Council. She is the current publicity chair of Waterstone Gallery, an artist owned gallery, in Portland, OR.

Barbara spends many hours each year as a volunteer teaching printmaking in local schools and for Art Media and Print Arts Northwest. Her enthusiasm for printmaking is translated into wonderful works by students ages 8-80 who thought they couldn't draw and therefore couldn't make art. They were mistaken, she is sure anyone can make art and everyone should be doing so.

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