Wood Sculptor’s Work on View

WINTER HARBOR — Dan Miller devotes mornings to making images on wood blocks for prints of natural scenes, portraits and other subject matter.

In the afternoon he creates wood sculptures in his workshop deep in the woods in the Gouldsboro village of Corea.

“One relieves the other in a sense,” Miller said. “The woodblock prints are pretty tedious. I put together abstract shapes and together they become subject matters. The sculptures are more inward, more akin to poetry and music.”

About two dozen of Miller’s sculptures are on exhibit at the Littlefield Gallery until the end of July. There is an artist’s reception July 14 from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery.

Miller built his home on Crowley Island 55 years ago when he was living in a small apartment in Philadelphia.

“This was my escape,” he said.

Maine also affected his art, pulling him away from a more cerebral approach to the natural world.

“I started walking along the shore and almost everywhere I looked, I’d see something interesting to work from,” he said.

His interest in block prints was stirred when he was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and learned to appreciate the craftsmanship of Japanese wood blocks.

Miller returned to school on the GI bill. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1959 and has been teaching there since 1964. He is now chairman of the Master’s in Fine Arts program.

His wood blocks include several hundred portraits, something he said he loathed as a student.

“It seemed so phony,” he said. “Then I did a couple of portraits and liked it very much. The nice thing about faces is you never run out of material.”

Most of the sculptures on exhibit at the Littlefield Gallery are wood constructions he has created over the last five years.

“Feeling the sympathy of wood, I have gravitated over the years toward the woodcut and wood sculpture,” Miller said. “But material is only the beginning. The task has been to make personal what the material allows.”


What: Exhibit of Dan Miller wood sculptures

Where: Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor

When: Through July

Opening reception: Saturday, July 14, 5-7 p.m.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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