Two nature printing workshops led by local artists Christopher and Christy Dewees

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Art is a creative way for Chris and Christy Dewees to share their passion and knowledge of nature. Nature Printing with Fish: Gyotaku led by Christopher Dewees will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nature Printing with Plants led by Christy Dewees will be on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

In these two workshops attendees will learn how to make prints with a method where ink is applied directly to the subject, either fish or plants, and then transferred directly by hand onto paper or fabric. No previous experience is necessary. All materials and lunch are included with each workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring any special paper or fabric items, if they would like. At the end of each workshop, participants should have a stack of finished prints to take home as well as the knowledge to continue printing!

Chris Dewees has focused on Japanese fish printing, or gyotaku, since 1968, and is a co-founder of the Nature Printing Society. He has gained worldwide recognition for his talents with shows all over the world, and enjoys teaching others this Japanese art. His modern take on the art form blends his knowledge of fisheries and ecology to document the life histories of fish species. Chris has a newly published book, “A Life Among Fishes – the Art of Gyotaku”. This book shares fifty years of his experiences and adventures with images of his gyotaku art and photos from his life.

Christy Dewees has always loved plants. She has a degree in Botanical Illustration and a certificate in Graphic Design. As an enthusiastic naturalist, Christy has often shared her passion for plants with people visiting the UC Davis Arboretum. She was drawn into nature printing when she accompanied her husband, Chris, to one of the early Nature Printing Society annual meetings in 1989. She was so inquisitive and engaged that the workshop coordinator declared, “Christy, you’re just going to have to become a member!” At each annual workshop since then, she tries out new techniques, taught by other members.

These workshops take place at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters in south Davis. They are part of Yolo Basin Foundation’s Explorer Series program, and all proceeds support the Foundation’s wetlands and environmental education programs.  The cost for each is $75 per person and each workshop is limited to 18 guests to facilitate personal attention and sufficient time to create multiple pieces of art.

To register and see the full list of scheduled events, visit yolobasin.org/explorer. To register by phone, please call Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780. Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships.

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