At an exhibition of white-line woodcuts done by the Provincetown Printers, Connie Grace fell in love with the simplicity of design and richness of color of the prints. Done on a single block of wood, a “white-line” woodcut is printed using water-based inks or paints. The white line that separates each section is the result of a carved furrow. Watercolor is applied with a brush to each section and the block is rubbed or burnished to transfer the color to the paper. Connie studied the technique with Ruth Hogan, a student of one of the early Provincetown Printers. Her white-line woodcuts are in the permanent collections of Lang Communications in New York, Georgetown University, Bell Atlantic Corporation and the National Institute of Health, among many others. Her work was included in “Presswork-The Art of Women Printmakers” (one of only 89 women selected nationwide) and “Prints-Washington” at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC.
In addition, Connie has been committee co-chairperson of the Original Print Calendar for many years. The Original Print Calendar is a unique collection of original prints in a calendar format. It is produced annually in a limited edition and contains twelve hand-pulled prints, signed and numbered by the artists. Now in its 31st year, it is collected both here and abroad.
Connie is also an avid colored pencil artist. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and is active in the local chapter of the CPSA.