Asa Cheffetz (1896-1965)
Summer Sabbath, c. 1946
Wood engraving on paper, 5 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches (image)
Lost Vermont Images Collection at the Vermont Country Store
Asa Cheffetz: Vermont Wood Engravings
September 21 – December 30
In the Regional Artists Gallery is the meticulous work of print maker Asa Cheffetz. His wood engravings served as printing plates and from those came beautiful prints, many of them on view in Asa Cheffetz: Vermont Wood Engravings, September 21 through December 30. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1896, he lived most of his life in Massachusetts, and produced most of his highly detailed wood engravings in the 1930s and 40s. Inspired by the Vermont countryside, his landscapes portray his strong affection for the land and his simple yet detailed blends of the hills, sky and water. Expressed in rich blacks and stark whites, negative and positive spaces, he blended the strength, and starkness, of Vermont’s countryside with his own affection for the land.