A Recent Commission
January 2014- Contre Coup Press has just published a fine press edition of The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain with engravings by Abigail Rorer.
Contre Coup Press
Timothy Hawley Books
P.O. Box 5277
Louisville, KY 40255-0277
A Work in Progress
The Lone Oak Press is currently working on a new book entitled Not So Long Ago which will be published in 2015. It is an account of how we humans, in a short space of time brought about the extinction of three species: the Dodo, the Passenger Pigeon, and the Gastric Brooding Frog, and nearly annihilated an iconic fourth, the American Bison. The book will be designed by David Esslemont (www.solmentes.com) and printed at The Lone Oak Press in an edition of seventy copies.
“Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World
Works by Abigail Rorer will be included in this exhibition being held
May 15, 2014-August 10, 2014 at the
Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books
The Designer Bookbinders of the UK are presenting an exhibition of bindings by 70 binders drawn equally from the UK and North America, binding texts from 4 UK and 5 North American private presses. The Lone Oak Press is honored to have been chosen one of the North American presses. The exhibition begins May 15-August 22, 2014 at the Layton Exhibition Room, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, London and will be touring to the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Bonhams in New York City and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis.
Dates will be announced on
A New Book Fair
The Lone Oak Press will be exhibiting at the first
Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair
April 5-6, 2014 in the
135 West 18th Street
New York, NY
Abigail Rorer will be serving as the juror and exhibiting prints in the
“Great Impressions” Printmakers’ Juried Exhibition being held February 26-March 16, 2014 at
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
A Wood Engravers Menagerie
Two of Abigail Rorer’s prints are included in the show “A Wood Engravers Menagerie” being held January 10-February 15, 2014 in the gallery at
Zygote Press, Inc.
1410 E. 30th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Davidson Galleries is excited to present over 150 antique and contemporary wood engravings from around the world. This invitational exhibition will show contemporary work from more than 50 such artists working in North America, Europe and Asia. Several impressions of a wide variety of subjects will be available, allowing you to take home your new print the same day!
International Wood Engraving Invitational
Abigail Rorer’s engravings are included in the two part wood engraving invitational at the
313 Occidental Avenue south
Seattle, WA 98104
December 2013 through January 2014
The modern technique of wood engraving dates back to the 18th century, when Thomas Bewick first used it to rapidly produce high-quality yet inexpensive images by incising an image into the end-grain of a hard piece of wood. In the following centuries, as cheap and readily-available books proliferated, the importance of wood engraving as a creative process declined. By the end of the 19th century, photography all but displaced wood engraving as a means of producing images for publication. However, in the 20th and 21st centuries, wood engraving has experienced a renaissance, and today it functions as a creative and vital artistic medium used by contemporary artists working around the globe.
The Society of Wood Engravers
76th Annual Exhibition
Three of Abigail Rorer’s engravings have been accepted into the UK Society’s
Annual exhibition which is traveling to galleries throughout the UK from September 12, 2013 until the summer of 2014.
For venues and images from the show go to www.woodengravers.co.uk.
The Lone Oak Press book King of the Alps was awarded the
Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Award at the London Art Book Fair held at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, on September 13-15, 2013. This is a purchase prize award and the book goes into the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Skunk Cabbage at the Hunt
Abigail Rorer’s engraving Skunk Cabbage has been selected to be included in the 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration held at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. The exhibit opens with a preview reception September 26, 2013 from 6–8pm, with the exhibit on display through December 19, 2013.
Wood Engraver's Network Exhibition
Abigail Rorer has three engravings included in the Wood Engraver’s Network Relief Engraving Exhibition which will be on exhibit at the School of Visual Concepts In Seattle, WA from March 8 to June 5, 2013, then on to the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins, WV from July 1 to August 22, 2013.
Mesembs: The Titanopsis Group
The Little Sphaeroid Press will be publishing a series of eight books covering all the plants in the succulent plant family Mesembryanthemum, written by Steven Hammer. Abigail Rorer has been commissioned to do engravings for all eight covers. The first book on the Titanopsis group came out in March 2013.
New Book Shipping!
After more than two years of work, copies of our new book are shipping. Order a copy of On the Hunt for the King of the Alps today.
Walden Woods Award
In July 2012, Abigail was commissioned to do an engraving of the first Walden Woods Project Global Environmental Leadership Award. The recipient of the bronze statue by Mark Hopkins was President Bill Clinton and four environmental leaders from around the country received the framed engraving of the statue.
February Book Fair in California
Abigail Rorer and The Lone Oak Press will be exhibiting at the fourth Codex Book Fair from February 10–13, 2013, in Berkeley, CA.
October Book Fest
Abigail Rorer will be exhibiting at Oak Knoll Fest XVII, one of the premier fine press book fairs. The Fest will be held October 5–7, 2012, in Old New Castle, Delaware.
Fine & Dirty: Contemporary Letterpress Art
The Minnesota Center for Book Arts has curated a traveling exhibit of the best in letterpress printing today, created by established and emerging artists. Abigail Rorer and The Lone Oak Press are included in the exhibit. Go to mnbookarts.org for more information.
Ladies of Letterpress Conference 2012
August 2-5, 2012, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Abigail Rorer will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual letterpress conference hosted by Ladies of Letterpress, an organization founded for the purpose of promoting the art and craft of letterpress printing and to encourage the voice and vision of women printers. Membership is open to both men and women. For more information, go to ladiesofletterpress.ning.com.
A New Book
The Lone Oak Press announces a new book, The King of the Alps, which will be completed in early 2012. Learn more.
In Parenthesis 21, the Journal of the Fine Press Book Association, Simon Brett has written an insightful article on the work of two Massachusetts wood engravers entitled Abigail Rorer & Barry Moser.
November 2011 Book Fair
Abigail Rorer will be exhibiting at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, England
on November 5–6, 2011.
Abigail Rorer's engravings are part of an invitational traveling exhibit entitled Endgrained,
Endgrained: Evidence of Contemporary Wood Engraving, an invitational exhibition featuring sixty prints by twenty relief engraving artists from the United States, Canada and England. The largest single, independent exhibit of wood engravings outside the United Kingdom highlights some of the masters of contemporary wood engraving.
Endgrained will be shown at the Northern Prints Gallery from September 24 to November 5, 2011.
A solo-exhibition at The Concord Free Public Library in Concord, MA, will feature wood engravings, relief engravings, broadsides, a few etchings, and books produced by Abigail Rorer and The Lone Oak Press. The show will be open April 2nd through the 28th, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 2–4 pm.
The Bright Hill Literary Center in Treadwell, NY, will be hosting the Invitational Book Arts Exhibition from October 3–29, 2010. Two books from The Lone Oak Press, Christmas Trees and The Matriarch of the Forest, will be included in the exhibit.
See Abigail's newest prints here. She recently completed a portrait of Gunter Grass for the series of Nobel Prize for Literature lectures published by Oak Tree Fine Press. A previous publication featured an engraving of Doris Lessing, and a future Nobel lecture publication will feature her portrait of Toni Morrison.
The Society of Wood Engravers in the UK has accepted two of Abigail's works for inclusion in their 73rd Annual Exhibition. A list of venues is available.
October Book Fest
Abigail Rorer will be exhibiting at Oak Knoll Fest XVI, one of the premier fine press book fairs. The Fest will be held October 1–3, 2010, in Old New Castle, Delaware.
Each year St. Michael's Printshop in Newfoundland, Canada, invites international, national and provincial artists who wish to come and work at the Printshop for a one-month period. Abigail Rorer was the Visiting Artist for August, 2010.
Endgrained: Evidence of Contemporary Wood Engraving, Minnesota Center for Book Arts,
June 25–October 31, 2010. An invitational exhibition celebrating the art of contemporary wood engraving. Features prints by 20 relief engraving artists from the United States, Canada and England. Curated by Joanne Price, Exhibitions and Artists' Co-op Manager at Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
New Book in Progress
Reginald Farrer was a botanist with strong opinions about the plants he liked and disliked. A previous book from The Lone Oak Press, Mimpish Squinnies, winner of the Gregynog Prize, focused on 14 plants that Farrer deemed worthless. This book will focus on one of the plants that he loved, Eritrichium nanum, the “King of the Alps”. It follows his quest to see the plant in habitat and his unique way of describing the plant and his regard for it. The book will contain six full-page multi-block color engravings and one half-page multi-block color engraving by Abigail Rorer. The typography and printing of the text is by Michael Russem and the binding will be done by Daniel Gehnrich. Printed in an edition of 60 copies with 55 for sale—ten deluxe and 45 regular copies. The book will be published in 2011. Would you like to be notified when the book is published? Send us an e-mail.