Dorothy Schwartz

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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

Here are links to obituaries in the Portland Press Herald and Times Record:

Portland Press Herald
Brunswick Times Record


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

2014Ant Girls Exhibition: Atrium Art Gallery, USM L/A College, Lewiston ME
2012Pressing 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
2011Flat File Exhibit, Patricia Carrega Gallery, Sandwich, NH
2009Impressions Printmaking, Juried Exhibition of Pritnmaking Media, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2008First Impressions: The Portfolio Projects and New Work by Peregrine Press Artists, Saco Museum, Saco, ME
2006Maine Print Project, University of Maine, Presque Isle, ME
Maine Printmakers, 1980-2005, Juried Exhibition, Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME
2005Peregrine Press Group Show, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME
2003The Envelope Project of Kate Cheney Chappell, Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland, ME
2000Peregrine Press Group Show, Maine Coast Artists, Rocport ME
1998Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1980Bowdowin College Art Museum, Becker Gallery, Brunswick, ME
Hand-printed book: Poems by Bertolt Brecht, traveling exhibition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts