Images and a full listing of the exhibition will be posted on this page on the date of the opening.
Meibohm Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of work by James Dexter Havens (1900-1960), which will include more than forty of his woodblock prints, illustration pieces, as well as watercolor and oil paintings. Havens is most well known for his color woodblock and lino prints from the 1920’s-1950’s. His work is identified by precise line work and detailed colorful descriptions of nature, often from unusual perspectives. Recurring themes include plant, tree and bird species, flight, and the change of seasons. His treatment of the beauty of a snowdrift, raindrops on a branch or a campfire on a starry night is a window into the artist’s unique appreciation of his environment.
A native of Rochester, NY Havens studied at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (know today as the Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT) and at the University of Rochester. Havens was a member of numerous art societies, print-making organizations, and clubs and was an elected Associate Member at the National Academy of Design (A.N.A.), the Society of American Graphic Artists (S.A.G.A.) and the American Watercolor Society (A.W.S.). In 1930 he was a founding member of the Print Club of Rochester, an organization devoted to the promotion of fine art printmaking and one of the longest continually running print clubs in the United States. Almost one hundred years later many of our surroundings have changed but James Haven’s work is timeless, intimate and to be recognized.