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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.