I have led a most fulfilling and joyful life, so please no sad songs for me.
Dorothy (DeeDee) Schwartz January 2014
This statement from DeeDee sums up her generosity of spirit, approach to life and why we are going to miss her at Peregrine Press with all of our hearts. DeeDee a long time member of Peregrine Press died on March 3, 2014, after a brief illness. Her contributions to the Press are numerous–always willing to chair a committee, finding a printing press, sharing her knowledge of printmaking and being a supportive colleague and friend.
Peregrine Press has started a "SPARK" Fund in DeeDee’s honor. Donations can be made to Peregrine Press, 61 Pleasant Street, Portland, Maine, 04101
The medium of woodcut has long interested me for its utter simplicity, stark directness, and power to convey rich darks and contrasts of color. I have experimented with this form of printmaking for a long time, progressing from book-size images to more monumental scale. The current prints are modular in nature, the images cut from a series of square blocks of wood. These blocks are then printed in various permutations and different colors, some combined with the addition of antique metal type.
The subject matter of the woodcuts is anchored in the idea of theme and variation. They continue a direction my work has been taking since 1972: the creation of quasi-geological, personal landscape, a terrain of fault lines and chasms, granite and northern forest. I cut and printed each work by hand at the Peregrine Press studio in Portland.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
|2013||Dorothy Schwartz: Evolution of a Printmaker, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, ME|
|2009||From So Simple a Beginning: Homage to Charles Darwin, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME|
|2004||Attachements June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME|
|2002||Solo Exhibit, Woodcuts, Zea Mays Printmaking Gallery Northampton, MA|
|2001||Homage,Solo Exhibition in honor of Leonard Baskin, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|2014||Ant Girls Exhibition: Atrium Art Gallery, USM L/A College, Lewiston ME|
|2012||Pressing On II, 20 Printmakers Curated by Bruce Brown, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME|
|Dunia Moja, One World: A Zanzibar & Peregrine Press Print Exhange, Portland Public Library, Portland, ME|
|2011||Flat File Exhibit, Patricia Carrega Gallery, Sandwich, NH|
|2009||Impressions Printmaking, Juried Exhibition of Pritnmaking Media, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH|
|2008||First Impressions: The Portfolio Projects and New Work by Peregrine Press Artists, Saco Museum, Saco, ME|
|2006||Maine Print Project, University of Maine, Presque Isle, ME|
|Maine Printmakers, 1980-2005, Juried Exhibition, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME|
|2005||Peregrine Press Group Show, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME|
|2003||The Envelope Project of Kate Cheney Chappell, Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME|
|June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland, ME|
|2000||Peregrine Press Group Show, Maine Coast Artists, Rocport ME|
|1998||Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT|
|1980||Bowdowin College Art Museum, Becker Gallery, Brunswick, ME|
|Hand-printed book: Poems by Bertolt Brecht, traveling exhibition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts|
- Bowdoin College Museum of Art
- Colby College Museum of Art
- Farnsworth Art Museum
- New York Public Library
- Portland Museum of Art
- Smith College Museum of Art
- University of New England
- Smith College, Northampton, MA, A.B., M.A.T.
- Yale-Norfolk Summer Art School
- University of Southern Maine, M.S. Ed. Counseling
- Special Studies with Leonard Baskin, Bernard Chaet, Jack Coughlin, Deborah Cornell,
Catherine Kernan, Annie Silverman, Elizabeth Mayor