Los Osos artist, Flo Bartell (pictured here), traveled to Northern India with her husband and a group of artists in January 2017, with the intentions of studying the woodblock prints of Rajasthan.
The group stayed in simple hotels, enjoyed local foods and visited with local craftsmen and artisans. Traveling from Jaiphur to Udaipur, Bartell and the others sought to enliven their creative wonder and awe.
A visit to the woodblock museum proved to be a treasure house. The original use of woodblocks carved with patterns inspired by stories and plant life was primarily for textile art.
Inking the solid blocks of wood with their intricate designs onto fabric transformed the static element of wood into the flowing element of cloth. The designs became the decorative fabrics of the region.
The fruits of that trip represent the core idea of a new art show, “Windows on Other Worlds,” running now through April 2 at the Morro Bay Art Center Gallery, 835 Main St., and featuring artists from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Missouri and California.
When you visit the show, look for Morro Bay Art Center artists’ interpretations and glimpses of their foreign travels and insights, too. Art Center Morro Bay is located at 835 Main St., Morro Bay and is open afternoons daily. Submitted photos