Gail Erwin, Artist, Alternative Photography, Cyanotype, Printmaking, Papermaking, Erwinarts, Maynard, ArtSpace, Kingston Gallery


Gail Erwin has been an artist for over 20 years and a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston’s South End for over 14 years.  She has had 9 solo exhibits at the Kingston Gallery in that time.  Gail has had additional one person shows in the Boston area as well as participated in many group shows. 

Gail teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and has taught at the DeCordova Museum School as well as other community arts centers.  She continues to teach classes in her studio at ArtSpace Maynard, Maynard, MA.

Gail received her B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, a B.A. from William Smith College, M.S. in Education from State University of New York College at Oswego and a J.D. from Western New England School of Law.

About the Artist


Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown printing are nineteenth century non-silver alternative photo processes in which an emulsion is painted on a paper or fabric surface, exposed to light and then developed in water.  The Cyanotype turns blue while the Van Dyke turns one of many shades of brown from sepia to gray-brown.  The Cyanotype and Van Dyke prints have been printed on fabric (cotton twill or silk) or paper.

Solvent transfer is simply a photocopy that has been transferred to another surface using a solvent and pressure.  The solvent transfers are on paper or sheer fabric which can then layered over a cyanotype or Van Dyke.

Gelatin Monoprinting  is a printmaking process using a plate made of gelatin as you would a traditional monoprinting plate of acrylic.  Its advantage is that you do not need a printing press to create the prints, making it a very accessible medium.

Hand Papermaking

Handmade paper is an essential element of my work.  It stands alone or is incorporated into other work.  In our day to day lives we take paper for granted, but handmade paper transcends this humble status.  Handmade paper can be painted or sprayed to create two-dimensional landscapes, formed into sculptural objects or simply formed into beautifully textured sheets.

Gail (on left in black top) with family,

Kingston Gallery, June 2007

Gail (2nd from left) with parents and sister,

Kingston Gallery, July 2011