Marty’s father, Gordon Hartshorne, was a graphic and woodcut print maker for more than 50 years. After he died, the portfolio of work he left to his family inspires us to do good with it. Gordon was an artist who believed in the spiritual value of art and nature. We believe he would appreciate our use of the portfolio to do good things and help important causes.

Actually, we donated some of his work to his alma mater, University of Illinois to benefit the on-campus Krannert Art Museum. In 2014, we first used a small portion of the portfolio for an art exhibit at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a place Gordon loved. We included in the show examples of his tools and wood plate carvings used to make the prints. These attracted much attention and we achieved our goal of attracting visitors to the Sanctuary.

In 2016, we repeated the show with additional prints, and more educational material regarding his artistic process and methods.  We also published two books on Gordon’s work.

In 2017, we were asked by Ave Maria University to host a larger exhibit, and we further enhanced the educational component by including examples of prints in stages of the process.  This exhibit includes 50 woodcut prints.

Our long range plan is to create travel cases for the work and to hold exhibits at various nature and educational institutes to further their cause.

To learn more, please visit GordonHartshorne.com.

Art Education Exhibits

Featuring Gordon Hartshorne

Enriched by artistic experiences throughout their lives, from the journey of creation through the display of art, the founders of Close Friend Foundation witnessed first-hand the healing impact of visual arts on the human experience.

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