Release into the Ether
"Genie," color woodblock print by TNLG printmaker Annie Bissett
What escapes, permeates, asserts itself, and influences change.
Much has occurred in these past twelve months. For some, the changes that have transpired are long overdue, and welcome. For others, these changes are threatening and to be resisted. Alas, when the genie escapes, the Fates sally forth. Evolution is experienced both infinitesimally and in broad, obvious, inevitable strokes.
Decisions, like a stone dropped through the surface of a calm pond, create ripples that advance and eventually touch the edge of existence. Matt and I launched The New Leaf Gallery in late 2020. It was a bold move, considering the context. Our plan was to start small, experiment, learn, and adapt. Here we are, just six months later, taking the decision to relocate from a quiet second floor space to a hip street-level space just off Central Square in downtown Keene, NH.
Our initial thinking was to center our attention on our website and to curate handmade prints produced by Northern New England printmakers. Our monthly Zoom printmakers' gatherings have gained traction and are attracting folks from across the States and Canada. We are attuned to the energy and heeding it. We are seeing a high level of excitement among a geographically dispersed yet tight community of color woodblock printers, particularly those producing prints made using the Japanese hanga method.
Meanwhile, we are seeing heightened activity in our micro-urban neighborhood. Vaccinations are underway and activity is quickening. Cafes are hiring. Events are being planned. Our gut tells us that, while things will be different (elbow bumps supplant hugs and masks are the new black), people are aching for normalcy and contact. We are eager to be in the mix. We are excited to both influence and enjoy what comes next.
Taryn Fisher, 04.01.2021