Mabel A. Hewit (1903-1987) was a woodcut artist, who adopted the Provincetown white-line color woodcut technique she learned from Blanche Lazzell to create scenes of buildings, industrial structures, town views, and landscapes in Provincetown as well as her native Midwest. Provincetown was a leading center in painting as well as in printmaking. She was a distinguished printmaker, working cross-disciplinary, but focused primarily on the white-line woodcut. Her signature style consists of condensed space, simplified design, flat foreground, and hard-edge forms.
Born in Conneaut, OH, Hewit received her Masters degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She studied under Blanche Lazzell, famed for practicing the white-line color woodcut technique in Provincetown. By the Depression era of the 1930s, Hewit was living and working at the artist’s colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She taught at Skidmore College for three years in the Fine and Applied Arts department. At this time the Provincetown Art Association was a major arts center, particularly in the medium of original printmaking. Artists who worked and exhibited in Provincetown during this period included such printmakers as Gustave Baumann, Ethel Mars, Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, and Lazzell.
During the 1930s and 1940s Mabel Hewit worked mostly in the mediums of lithography, woodcut and linocut. In the latter two mediums, some of her prints bear similar elements with those of her famous teacher, Lazzell. In 2010, the Cleveland Museum of Art debuted their new prints and drawings galleries with the exhibition “Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewitt,” curated by Jane Glaubinger, who wrote the text in the accompanying catalog. Hewitt was also included in “From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazell and the Color Woodcut” held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2002.
Mary Ryan Gallery represents the estate of Mabel Hewitt.