Japanese Woodcut Master

“Coming Soon to a Planet Near You” by Richard Steiner.

Richard Steiner, a master of the Japanese woodblock printing technique, is to speak about his work and process on Sept. 9, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, at Peninsula School of Art (PenArt). From noon until the talk begins, attendees may bring a brown bag lunch, or make selections from cheese-and-cracker trays. Hot and cold teas will also be provided. A goodwill donation of $5 per person for the talk and refreshments is requested.

Steiner’s talk is being held in conjunction with his participation in PenArt’s Out of the Woods: Contemporary Woodblock Prints exhibition, which runs through October 18. Internationally recognized for his work, Steiner practices the art of Japanese woodcuts, or “muko hanga.”

An American by birth, after a brief stint as a New York City fashion photographer, Steiner moved to Japan in 1970 to teach English. After 10 years of study with notable Japanese masters, he received his print teacher’s license and artist’s name “Tosai.” Since that time, he has taught children and adults, both Japanese and foreigners, out of his Kyoto studio.

In 1997, Steiner and his students formed the Kyoto International Woodprint Association (KIWA), which may be accessed online at

According to Kay McKinley, Director of Marketing & Exhibitions, Steiner’s presentation is a rare opportunity for art appreciators. “The talk adds another dimension to this visually rich exhibition,” she says. “To have a woodcut master travel from Japan and speak in Door County is truly exceptional.”

Another special event to be held in conjunction with Out of the Woods is a print fair with featured artist, Linda Kelen of Wisconsin. On Sept. 20, 1 – 3 pm, Kelen will facilitate the creation of small woodblock prints for visitors to take home. The fair is free and open to all ages.

Peninsula School of Art is located at 3900 County Road F in Fish Creek. For more information call 920.868.3455 or email [email protected].