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Portland to Penland

Drew Kail at Penland

Drew Kail arrived at Penland for the first time last week, traveling from Portland, Oregon to work in Penland’s print studio with lead printer Diane Fine. He began his residency by etching this woodblock with a landscape and then spending, he noted, a lot of time with a lot of ink.

Drew’s landscape tells the story of his journey, Portland to Penland. (In one corner of the print, a figure shouts “Bye!” from a terminal that seems to float above the earth rolling out below.) Here’s a detail from the print, a bird’s-eye look at one printmaker’s winter arrival in the mountains of western North Carolina: