It is with heavy heart that we say “good bye” to member, Anna Hogan. She died peacefully December 17, 2017 at the age of 96. We’re so glad that Anna’s art has been part of the Wood Engravers’ Network traveling exhibit for the past 4 years now. Each juror mentions her work as a point of interest in their statements in the catalogs and there have been many compliments and words of admiration from exhibition visitors in more than 9 different venues. Joan Boudreau‘s 2014 juror’s statement eloquently expresses that admiration:
Anna Hogan’s wood engraving offerings use different line styles, composition, and subject matter. Her “El Amigo de los Niños” is a coarse-lined engraving reminiscent of a wood cut. Its subject matter shows a quiet street scene with a path through the neighborhood of [a Central or South American town]; a gem. Hogan’s “Night Light” has been prepared with fine lines to impress us with the ephemeral quality of the scene. The trees have prepared their own campfire and are consulting amongst themselves with their own stunning magic.
We know that Anna’s creative spirit and light will continue to travel to each new exhibit venue, delighting viewers for the next two years.
That makes me smile. I think that would make Anna smile too.
You can see more of Anna Hogan’s prints and blocks at The Museum of Printing in Andover, MA as well as in WEN’s 3rd Triennial Exhibition.
Many thanks to Anna’s family for facilitating an interview (to be published in Block & Burin Spring 2018) and for keeping us informed of Anna’s health.