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Dunia Moja/One World:
April 1 — May 28, 2011
Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library

Opening reception:
Friday, April 8, 5-8pm
with a special presentation at 7pm
by Mark and Aimee Bessire:
"Reflections on Contemporary East African Art"

This unique print exchange was conceived by Alice Spencer, a founding member of Peregrine Press, after visiting Zanzibar in early 2010 and teaching the fundamentals of stenciling and block printing to 12 professional Muslim henna artists, all women.

The two groups of artists then agreed to create individual editions of 10" x 10" base prints apiece and exchange them for distribution to a second artist in the other group. Responding intuitively and imaginatively to the base print as a background, the second artist then added another layer of gestures, imagery, or manipulations to finish the prints.

The two resulting matched sets of collaborative prints are unique, showcasing the deep similarities — and mysterious differences — between kindred spirits working "together" across a distance of 6,000 miles. The prints are being exhibited simultaneously at the Portland Public Library and in Stone Town, Zanzibar, from April 1 to May 28, 2011.

Najima/Woodbury, Fire and Ice, Stone Town Market, 2011, block prints, 10 x 10 inches

The Sketchbook Project 2011 Tour
March 30 - April 2, 2011
SPACE Gallery
538 Congress Street
Portland, ME

The Sketchbook Project unites almost 10,000 artists from over 60 countries with a simple call to action: fill a sketchbook and share it with the world. Now in its third year, the Project reflects the DIY ethos of Art House Co-op, a Brooklyn-based gallery dedicated to creating massive international art projects for everyone.

Thousands of sketchbooks are being exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be cataloged and available for the public to view.

Babel, marker and cut paper, 2011

The Jar Project
Saturday, April 2, 12-6pm
2pm discussion with the artists
4pm CSA information and tasting

Whitney Art Works
492 Congress Street
Portland, ME

The Jar Project, an installation consisting of sixty art-filled jars made by sixty artists with connections to Maine, will be displayed as part of Product: A Temporal Artist Marketplace, at Whitney Art Works. The jars vary in size, color and texture, and contain a range of genres and media including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media. The brainchild of Portland-based artist Alex Sax, the Jar Project highlights the creative contributions of numerous local talents, fusing their individual creations together in an installation that is in equal parts evocative, nostalgic and strange.

Tangled Map, 2011, dissected map in jar, 10.5 x 6 inches

Nov. 4 - 27, 2010
Opening Thursday, Nov. 4, 5-7pm

A selection of map-related art works by Shannon Rankin, Jeff Woodbury, Susan Prince Thompson and Irmari Nacht.

"'MAPS,' a four-person show at June Fitzpatrick, doesn't shy away from "altered" art - it even soars on it. All four artists (Shannon Rankin, Irmari Nacht, Susan Prince Thompson, Jeff Woodbury) include altered books or maps in their work - usually with highly successful results."
Review by Daniel Kany in the Portland Press Herald

June Fitzpatrick Gallery.
Portland, ME

Time is Money
"Mileage" (detail), 2010
acrylic and coins (with map), 72 x 108 inches

Nowhere: Selections from the Archives of the Hand Drawn Map Association
Sept. 23 - Dec. 19, 2010

"Nowhere: selections from the files of the Hand Drawn Map Association includes over 60 examples of maps drawn by artists, cartographers and amateur map makers from around the world. Included in the exhibition are works from the archive of the HDMA as well as new works chosen expressly for this occasion. The exhibition, curated by Kris Harzinski, coincides with the release of From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association published by Princeton Architectural Press."

Arcadia University Art Gallery.
Glenside, PA


From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association
by Kris Harzinski
Princeton Architectural Press, 2010 paperback, 224 pages

"It's a situation we are all acquainted with: planning to visit friends in an unfamiliar part of the city, you draw yourself a rudimentary map with detailed directions. In March 2008, graphic designer Kris Harzinski founded the Hand Drawn Map Association in order to collect just such drawings of the everyday. Fascinated by these accidental records of a moment in time, he soon amassed a wide variety of maps, ranging from simple directions to fictional maps, to maps of unusual places, including examples drawn by well-known historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Shackleton, and Alexander Calder."

For more information visit the Princeton Architectural Press.
From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association

Hand Drawn Map Association

I'm pleased to have a selection of my hand-drawn maps, curated by Kris Harzinski, featured on the HDMA website. Kris does good work. Send him a map. Really.

Send Us Your Maps
"The Hand Drawn Map Association relies on your contributions to keep our collection growing. We accept submissions via email, postal mail, and upload. Please choose whichever method is most convenient for you. Our goal is to share the maps you have found or created with the widest audience possible."
Hand Drawn Map Association
"Hypothetical Exhibition 1," 1998
ink on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches

solo exhibition and printmaking workshop
August 2010

"Including work from his recent "branches" series, Jeff's drawings will bring our gallery to life in August. Working with a wide range of media and ideas, Jeff's work are beautiful abstractions anchored in nature and geography."

I was delighted to display my work in this charming setting, and thoroughly enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm that greeted my printmaking workshop. Attending a showing of "A Town Called Panic," complete with waffles, only added to my infatuation. The town of Denmark lies at one end of Moose Pond; my favorite night-shredding mountain - Shawnee Peak - rises at the other.

Denmark Arts Center
Denmark, ME

Drawings: solo exhibition and printmaking workshop
"Branches" working sketch, 2010
ink on vellum, 6 x 9 inches

June 2010

"Trashed seeks to answer the age-old question, what makes it art? We have reached out to artists across the United States and even up into Canada and found a collection of savvy painters, thinkers and craftsman who have happily handed over their trash to us, which we will be hanging on the walls, placing on the floors and leaning against furniture in our home. We can't afford a gallery space and if we could, then you probably couldn't afford the art. So please, before you arm yourself with your poison pen, remember we are doing this for the right reasons…oh, hell, whatever that means."

Los Angeles, CA
(212) 244-6004
"Strait of Cortez," 2010
foamcore, mixed media and studio debris, 36 x 18 inches

The Map as Art
a group show curated by Katharine Harmon and Christopher Henry

Nov. 5, 2009 - Jan. 10, 2010
Opening November 5, 6-9pm

"The exhibition presents a diverse group of work in a variety of media, all of which use mapping concepts to explore uncharted territories both formal and intellectual. The show is presented concurrent with the launch of Harmon's book, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography (Princeton Architectural Press). The exhibition features works by: Doug Beube, Matthew Cusick, Joshua Dorman, Jerry Gretzinger, Ingo Gunther, Jane Hammond, Emma Johnson, Karey Kessler, Joyce Kozloff, Hayato Matsushita, Meridith McNeal, Florent Morellet, Vik Muniz, Aga Ousseinov, Matthew Picton, Karin Schaefer, Dannielle Tegeder, Heidi Whitman, and Jeff Woodbury."

Christopher Henry Gallery
127 Elizabeth Street NY, NY 10013
(212) 244-6004
"Every Principle Highway Within 75 Miles of Manhattan," 2000
Etching, 22 x 23 inches

Empty the Fridge

Nov. 6-24, 2009
Opening Nov. 6, 5-9pm

"Contemporary illustration in Maine and elsewhere: a survey of smallworks and what illustrators are picturing and drawing, imagining and designing."

Art House
61 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME 04101

a drawing room exhibition
by Alex Rhealt
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am - 6pm

(Web drawing made on
"Worm Hole Frothy Universe (a modular drawing in 25 parts)"

23 Skidoo: Spontaneous Smallworks Show
June 4-10, 2009

Reception with music and refreshments
Friday, June 5, 5-9pm
377 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, ME 04101

a drawing room project
"Gathering" series, four drawings, ink on paper, 8.5 x 5 inches each, 2009

The Map as Art
Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

by Katharine Harmon
With essays by Gayle Clemans
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009 Hardcover, 256 pages

I'm pleased to have my work included in this wonderful new book by Katharine Harmon, author of "You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination."

For more information:
Map as Art

Black, White & Red
Drawings, paintings, prints and photographs

Feb. 14 - March 14, 2009

In this group exhibition I am showing two etchings and a serigraph from my dissected map works, three ink drawings from my Timeline series and one n-dimensional drawing from my Machinespine series.

"Jeff Woodbury's etchings and a serigraph temper their abstraction by their lineage from California and Pennsylvania highway maps. Among them, 'Ghost State (Pennsylvania)' is an achievement of form and a little wonder of opacity. Read the wall text for his line drawings that comprise 'Time Line.'"

Excerpted from the Maine Sunday Telegram review by Philip Isaacson: "Black & White exhibit at June Fitzpatrick Gallery"

June Fitzpatrick Gallery
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME
black and white
"Machinespine Mirror (n-dimensional drawing)"
paper and mirror, version 3, 2009

ink on paper, 6 x 9 inches each, 2008

I made a number of drawings on the theme of “gathering” for the third annual small works show put on by Alex Rhealt of drawing room in Portland. Here are two.

The exhibition was hosted in December by
Jameson Gallery
305 Commercial Street
Portland, Maine
gathering 02
"gathering 01" (left) & "gathering 02" (right)
ink on paper, 6 x 9 inches, 2008

Visiting artist lecture

November 19, 2008

Art Lecture Series
State University of New York at New Paltz

Here’s the outline of the slide lecture I presented at SUNY New Paltz in November.

“The Student Art Alliance Lecture Series was initiated and formalized about ten years ago. In the past decade, nearly 200 artists, designers, and critics have presented public lectures on their work or current issues in contemporary culture. The visiting artists and designers represent the range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests of the students and faculty members of the Art Department..."

Special thanks to Carmen Lizardo and Josh Kramb, good artists and wonderful friends, for their gracious hospitality.
Lecture Outline
"lecture outline"

2008 Biennial Juried Exhibition:
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Rockport, ME

Aug. 9 - Oct. 4, 2008

CMCA has held juried exhibitions since 1978, and this year's exhibition features 103 works by 89 artists. Juried by Carole Anne Meehan, curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; Scott Peterman, Maine photographer; and Andrea Pollan, founder and director of Washington DC's Curator's Office.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art
162 Russell Avenue
Rockport, Maine 04856

"Atlas (detail)
Graphite on vellum, 19 x 24 inches

Abstract photography by Maine artists.

January 4 - February 29, 2008

"The works by the twelve artists selected for the exhibition focus on abstraction in photography across a range of techniques and approaches, from traditional black and white printing to the most advanced digital media."

See an original print from my "CRRB" photo series, a video montage, and three images from my "firelite" body of work.

Daniel Kany Gallery
89 Exchange Street
Portland, ME 04101

Watch a Quicktime video of "CRRB"
(large file)
crrb print
"CRRB" (print)
Archival digital print, 40" x 30", 2008

"Split Brain
(drawing on both sides of the brain)"

pencil on paper, 6 x 9 inches, 2007

I drew this diagram of the brain with both hands at the same time, and showed it at drawing room in December 2007.

drawing room dedicates itself to drawing, as dialogue, practice, process, experience, medium, object, and idea.

split brain
"Split Brain (drawing on both sides of the brain)", pencil on paper, 6 x 9 inches, 2007

Drawing with both hands at the same time; Atlas, a work in progress; Maine dissected; folding actions into themselves.
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You can view a portfolio of my drawings at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at 112 High Street in Portland, Maine (view map). This intimate townhouse gallery is situated across from the Portland Museum of Art's McLellan House. Other good stuff to see, too.

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