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Arts on Douglas presents, Seasonal Crossings, a solo exhibition featuring woodblock prints by artist and printmaker Mollie Doctrow.
The exhibition will be on view May 3-31, with an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Seasonal Crossings features black and white woodblock prints of native habitats and plant species found in Central and South Florida, Big Cypress and the Everglades.
Ms. Doctrow slogs through swamp lands, weeds, and brush to capture the drama of the environment. Her process begins "on site" with field sketches where she spends time observing and reacting to the details and nuisances of that particular location. She then carves the imagery onto woodblocks, which are later hand-pulled through a printing press with water-based ink on Japanese kozo paper.
"Through this artwork I connect to the natural world and hope to bring attention to these fragile environments," explained Ms. Doctrow.
Ms. Doctrow earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and a master's of fine arts in printmaking from California State University, Northridge. As a professional artist, Ms. Doctrow has participated in solo and group exhibitions in California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida.