Michael Hayes

The work of artist and naturalist Claire Emery will be on exhibit this winter at Berkshire School. Interbeing: Woodblock Prints by Claire Emery runs now through March 2, 2019 at The Warren Family Gallery.

Claire Emery Block Print

A block print by artist Claire Emery.

“Our lives are made up of moments: moments that are dull, or inspiring, or exhausting,” says Emery. “The woodcuts and field sketches shown at Berkshire reveal moments that have changed me, and expanded my understanding of community and vitality.”

A native New Englander, Emery resides in Missoula, Montana where she combines art and science by “transforming her field sketches, observations of place, and reflections on the spiritual journey into woodcuts.” 

A graduate of the Natural Science Illustration Program at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Emery also holds degrees from the University of Montana and Vermont College of Fine Art. Past clients include the New York Botanical Garden, Montana Audubon, and Glacier National Park, and her artwork has been on display at the Oakland Museum of California, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Optical Museum of Zeiss in Oberkochen, Germany.

Artist Claire Emery 

The winter exhibit at The Warren Family Gallery coincides with her visit to Berkshire in February to lead the Pro Vita class Blue Mountains Constantly Walking, a one-week session dedicated to printmaking inspired by the surrounding landscape and writings of Zen poet and philosopher Gary Snyder. The class will be co-taught by Spanish teacher Jaimee Christinat-Castillo.

“Walls, windows, and doors box us in. Spending time out of doors in nature changes who we are and our relationship with the world. My hope is that my woodcuts and field sketches reveal what it feels like to go slowly, to be still, and to pay attention to the life that is humming, waving, and winging right outside of our doors.”

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