Since 2007 William Hays has been making his art by carving linocut blocks and printing colorful landscapes of New England. His reduction linocut prints will be featured at Gallery In The Woods in Brattleboro for the month of October. During Gallery Walk on Friday, October 5th, Hays will open a special exhibit of his prints.

Though now a printmaker fulltime, Hays has long had a strong presence in Brattleboro where he owned The Artist's Loft and painted in oils on Main Street for nearly twenty five years. Today he works quietly and more privately in his home. His prints are the product of much patience and craftsmanship. The complexity of his work is rarely seen in relief printing. This year alone his prints have been featured in 16 juried national and international juried and invitational shows across the US.

This exhibit will be his first solo exhibit since he began printmaking in 2007. Brattleboro is his hometown and he is generously represented in the Gallery In The Woods showroom. Hays says it is the most complete presentation of his available linocut portfolio in any gallery in the country.

The artist will be at Gallery In The Woods during Gallery Walk and will be signing an edition of his latest print. Along with this new print he will be showing for the first time a large collaborative woodcut recently completed with Matt Brown of Lyme, NH. The two artists worked together for more than six months to complete the largest woodcut print either has done to date, entitled "Ascutney Afternoon." Ten impressions on each print were required to fulfill the collaborative vision of these two artists. The 27" x 20½" print is a combination of traditional Japanese style (Moku Hanga) printing and European style printing with oil inks and an etching press.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Acadian Moon, Halifax house