PAWTUCKET — A pen and ink drawing called “Mill Buildings, Pawtucket,” by artist Alan Metnick, has been chosen to be reproduced on the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
Metnick is the owner and president of Ten Trees Design Group, a screenprinting and design firm located at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket. According to his website, for over 40 years, he has been creating images and objects through photography, serigraphy (silk-screens), stained glass, painting, drawing and textiles. He describes the catalyst for this work as being “historical, biblical and personal.”
Metnick told The Times that the drawing was based on photographs that he took of various mill buildings in Pawtucket. “Separate buildings and separate parts of the buildings were used to create the many structures in the drawing. There's no one building that fully replicates an actual building. Rather, it's the sense of 'Mill Building' that I sought out through the drawing,” he stated.
Metnick said that the intricate pen and ink drawing took about 70 hours to complete. “I wanted to flatten and compress the visual plan, thus increasing the design and graphic intensity of the image which would drive home the idea that was behind the drawing: the mill buildings themselves and the unique structures that they are.”
According to Patricia Zacks, Metnick's work was selected by the Pawtucket Arts Festival's executive committee to be used for the annual event poster.
The posters, which have been created for several years now, have proven to be an effective fundraising tool for the arts festival, which runs this year from Sept. 9 through Sept. 25.
As in years past, 75 limited edition posters will be created and each will be numbered and signed by the artist. They will be available for purchase throughout the Arts Festival at a price of $75.
As she has done in the past, Zacks will offer a deep discount on framing for the poster through her shop, The Camera Werks, at 766 Hope Street, Providence.
“This is a unique piece by one of our Pawtucket-based artists,” said Zacks. “It's another way of supporting our talented Pawtucket artists.”
For more information on how to purchase the 2011 Pawtucket Arts Festival Poster, contact Herb Weiss at the Pawtucket Planning Department at 724-5200. For more information on the Pawtucket Arts Festival events, visit the website: www.PawtucketArtsFestival.org .