Collagraph' (sometimes 'collograph') is derived from the Greek 'colla', meaning glue, and 'graph,' meaning to draw.
A collagraph is essentially a collage of materials of various textures glued on to a printing base (plate), then oil painted and transfered to rag paper by means of a roller type press. Each print is a one of a kind oil painting.
Current SeriesAprons With Attitude
At Wenniger Cottage Gallery, we push boundaries in what excellent printmaking can look like.
Watch as Mary Ann demonstrates her printmaking process .
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" I let my intuition, the all encompassing inner voice guide my work."
A Sampling of my Work
Lighthouses are known through the years as BEACONS of HOPE to the Ancient sea men and now to us. Oceans are great bodies of water in which I am fascinated with the waves lapping the shores. The harbors of the north shore are enchanting in all seasons.
People at Work & Play
Series of people at work and play. Technology prompted me to explore the simplicity of people working with their hands; boat builders, sewers, cooks, grocers.
The clothesline is a recurring theme in Wenniger collagraphs, recalling nostalgic ideas of family activities and chores, who did what and when and was it fun or a burden. Since I was a teenager and took down clothes, I’ve loved the freshness and energy of clothes on the line.
There are 27 coves on the peninsula called Cape Ann. They are not harbors. These coves are small sheltered bodies of water, with three sides surrounded by ganite boulders and craggy overgrowths.
Expressive flowers. I use real flowers that have been dried, most often under a rug, and these are expressive works; sometimes with birds and sometimes with vases. Each seasons flowers convey a different mood.
All season landscapes. These are my impressions as I have lived through seasons here in New England.; Summer beaches and flower gardens, Fall walking through the woods using real bark to make trees on my plates, Winter icy branches and stunning sunsets, and Spring grasses and flowers full of light and color. Sometimes as recently as today I would pick some buds or tiny blossoms and add them to a plate.
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