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Professor Emeritus Seeks Wood Block Prints for Book

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dr. James Perkins, Westminster College distinguished professor of English emeritus, is seeking wood block prints created by local artist Nelson Oestreich.

Perkins and Oestreich are collaborating on a book that will feature Perkins' poetry and Oestreich's prints of birds.

Over his long career, Oestreich created and sold at least 37 different wood block prints containing a bird or birds, beginning with "Winter Birds" (1959) and ending with "Hummingbird" (1982).  Most of the works were limited to print runs of 10-20.  About half of the prints have been located, but the remainder are still sought.

If you have an Oestreich wood block print containing a bird or birds, please email Perkins at or call (724) 946-7347.  If your print is one that is still needed, arrangements will be made to have a digital copy created for possible inclusion in the book.  Owners of the prints will be acknowledged.

Bird Series #3