Fine Arts Museum News
Wood Engravings by Asa Cheffetz on View at Museum
Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
September 30, 2009
Wood engravings by the celebrated, self-taught artist Asa Cheffetz are on view in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through March 28, 2010 in the exhibition Asa Cheffetz: Master Wood Engraver.
Although he was born in Buffalo, New York, Cheffetz lived in Springfield, Massachusetts, for most of his life. Created with intense attention to detail, his crisp engravings illustrate the barns, bridges and snowy forest scenes of New England.
The exhibit includes some of Cheffetz’s well-known images as well as several recent acquisitions of early prints that were experimental in nature, the artist’s sketch book, woodblocks and tools.
The museum’s large collection of wood engravings by Cheffetz began the year that the museum opened to the public. In 1934, the print entitled Monday was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Kamberg. It was the first of many prints to be given to the museum over time by generous donors such as the Junior League of Springfield, Frederick M. Jones, the Kambergs, Lucy Mitchell, and Mrs. Louis Cheffetz (sister-in-law of the artist). Other images were added to the collection through museum purchase.
An expert in the art and craft of wood engraving, Cheffetz also displayed his impressive technique and versatility in glass goblets and tiny illustrations used as book plates and for the New England Calendar series. While this exhibit displays only a portion of the prolific artist’s work, it offers viewers a glimpse of his vision, sensitivity and creative passion.