October 1 – November 20, 2015

Hope and Feathers Framing and Gallery invites the public to Chasing Daylight, a unique exhibition of handmade papers and monotype prints by local artist Elisa Lanzi. For Lanzi, her art is in the experience of the “making” process. Each piece is a record of the stories and passages of time and space held in the materials and in the environment around her. As she explains:

“Tearing up a skyblue linen sundress is how my handmade paper begins. Rags to pulp, who are those other makers, women in Turkey and Hong Kong whose work I tear apart? I hold back a few large snippets and add them to the work as tribute. It’s early September and outside of the papermaking shop, the fields are drowsy with dragonflies and the last hummingbirds. The silvery White Creek, with its stones and trout, finds its way into my papers and monotype prints.”

Chasing Daylight will be on display at Hope and Feathers Framing and Art Gallery from October 1st through November 20th. An opening reception and paper making demonstration will be held in conjunction with Amherst Art Walk on Thursday, October 1st, from 5 to 8 pm. An artist reception will follow on October 3rd, from 4:30 to 7 pm.

Elisa Lanzi is a papermaking artist and printmaker who lives in the Connecticut River Valley. She and three other artists make up the Trout Paper Studio, a hand-papermaking shop in rural Washington County, New York. Elisa is an artist-member of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence, Massachusetts Her work is in numerous private collections, and has been exhibited in the United States, Italy, and Brazil.

Featured image: “Rivers to Cross.” Elisa Lanzi. Monotype construction. 2015