Print show features bold and bright works by Charlie Hewitt

Large, colorful and bright — these are just some of the words used to describe the prints of Charlie Hewitt that will soon fill the walls of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. (At right, ‘Calypso,’ 2011, color woodcut)

The center’s first exhibit of 2012, “Cut and Printed, Recent Color Woodcuts,” will feature more than 50 of Hewitt’s original works. On display will be the bold designs and vibrant colors that have marked this Lewiston, Maine-born artist’s work, which is in many private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Library of Congress and the Bates College Museum of Art.

The center’s artistic director and master printer Anthony Kirk, who is curator for “Cut and Printed,” first met Hewitt in 1975 at the Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop in New York City, according to a recent news release.

In his curator’s statement Kirk notes:

Printmaking, not just the printing, but the incising of line in metal and the gouging out of line in wood, has long held an interest for Hewitt. He is a physical printmaker and his energy is clearly palpable, seen and sensed in every print, from sheet to sheet.

Later, Kirk adds that Hewitt’s latest work builds off his earlier influences and experiences, gleaned from growing up in Maine and from his many years working in New York. Those influences “are the foundation for the new imagery in his recent prints, including warning bells alerting sailors and fishermen to rocky coastal waters and lobster buoys.”

The show runs from Sunday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, March 18. An opening reception is set for Sunday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. The center is located at 299 West Ave., in Mathews Park, Norwalk. Hewitt is expected to be at the opening reception.

Hewitt also will be teaching a three-day printmaking workshop along with David Wolfe, Friday, Feb. 17, to Sunday, Feb. 19. All levels of art experience are invited to participate. The fees are $420, members; $460, nonmembers.

For more information, call 203-899-7999. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is free.

Christina Hennessy