|The Hubbard Studio and Preserve.|
The Harland Hubbard Studio and Nature Preserve will hold a special open house educational event on Saturday, October 13 at the Hubbard Studio from 12:00 - 4:00 where you can can press your own Hubbard inspired woodblock art piece ($20 donation) hand carved by regional artist, Ken Swinson,
who will guide you through the printing process. The event is free but donations will go toward the next phase of studio restoration. The event is sponsored by the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy that is restoring the studio.
|Ken Swinson sketches the studio on a recent visit.|
Attending a Swinson printmaking workshop is a lot of fun. He’s a genial guide and patient teacher as he walks you through the printmaking process. And you can see the fun and whimsy in his work. Swinson is a popular artist who is often sought by community groups to lead an artistic venture. His work is distinctive yet you can see Hubbard’s influence. In fact, for this event he is following Hubbard’s artistic lead in creating an image that captures the essence of the studio and Fort Thomas.
In addition there will be music, a beekeeper to talk about the Hubbard bees, a Hubbard reenactor, as well as Hubbard prints for sale.
|Ken Swinson poses next to Paul Stegeman photos in the Hubbard Studio.|
The Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy (FTFC) now oversees the studio and surrounding woods. They have been restoring the studio to create an environmental experience center and have hosted elementary and high school students, artists, area historic and preservation organizations, and university classes. They are making plans to host writers, artists, and musicians as well. It’s a place in the center of the city where a person can get in touch with the natural world on a different level than a park. It’s a place to be inspired.
|Hubbard and Swinson hang next to each other in a Fort Thomas home.|
Ken Swinson readily admits that Hubbard was an influence. He was inspired to pursue making woodcuts when he read Bill Caddell’s book cataloging Hubbard’s woodblock works. For those who do not know, the image must be carved in reverse so when it is inked and pressed it presents a positive image.
Swinson says, “Ten years ago I bought the book about Harlan Hubbard’s woodcuts and it inspired me to pursue printmaking. And ten years later I’m printing more than ever. His whole life has been inspirational. He lived beautifully whether it was the shanty boat, Payne Hollow, or here [in the studio].” He thinks Hubbard’s life was a work of art.
If you have ever printed from a woodcut then you know how it feels when Swinson says, “It’s exciting! It’s like magic to pull the paper up and see the print for the first time.”
|A Ken Swinson original woodcut print.|
This unique print that will be unveiled that day will include the studio and some special Hubbard touches that reveal the spirit of the man, his legacy, and his place in Fort Thomas history. You can reserve your print for a $20 donation by emailing email@example.com or you can purchase and press yours on the day of the event. The Hubbard Studio and Preserve is located at 129 Highland Avenue. So stop by for a pleasant afternoon.
Woodcut printing with Ken Swinson
Harlan Hubbard Studio and Nature Preserve
129 Highland Avenue
Saturday, October 13: 12:00 - 4:00 (no rain date)
Original woodcuts print is a $20 donation.