Afternoon, Limantour Spit is a multi-block color woodcut created in 1990 by American artist Micah Schwaberow. It is pencil signed Micah, titled, dated, and editioned 21/100. Afternoon, Limantour Spit was printed by the artist on ivory wove paper and was created for the suite Point Reyes – A Suite of Color Woodblock Prints. The image measures 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches.
Limantour Spit is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore. It is very narrow in width but is a haven for many species of birds found on the mudflats of Estero de Limantour to the north and on the sandy beach of Drakes Bay to the south. Schwaberow often focuses on the coastal landscapes of California, highlighting the region’s varying climates as they change with the seasons. His technique shows the sensitive, painterly hallmarks of Japanese printmaker Toshi Yoshida, his teacher and mentor.
Micah Schwaberow, printmaker, painter and sculptor, was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1948. He studied painting with Maurice Lapp and printmaking with Elizabeth Quandt at the Santa Rosa Junior College in California. In 1981, he spent a month in Miasa, Japan studying traditional woodblock printing and, in 1982, he spent most of the year in Nagai, Japan studying with the Japanese master, Toshi Yoshida, and his master carvers and printers. In September of that year, he was an assistant for his teacher during a three-week woodblock course for foreigners.
Schwaberow has given demonstrations at the University of California Berkeley and at Mills College in Oakland. He produced a number of boxed suites of color woodcuts, including Tuolumne, Book I, which won first prize in a national competition to commemorate Yosemite National Park. In addition to his prints, Schwaberow has included a sculptural element to his list of aesthetic endeavors, creating gourd vessels echoing the figures of birds and landscapes.
Micah Schwaberow’s work is represented in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His color woodcut, Morning Mist, Heath Township, was the 2009 Presentation Print of the Cleveland Print Club.