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Artist Althea Freeman-Miller, born and raised on the Island, creates designs on linoleum blocks which she then transfers to prints mounted on wood, tee shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, and cards. The expertly carved intricate designs are lively, often whimsical representations of animals and fruit, as well as tools and ordinary household items like a colander or a flashlight. Some designs are more elaborate and multicolored, such as a western-themed scene with horse and rider, or a trio of fish leaping in the waves.
More recent designs include a series of dancers and an anatomical heart that beautifully shows off the intricacy of that organ.
Given the nature of the process, each print is unique and the designs come in a variety of colors. Freeman-Miller also creates colorful, hand-painted, laser-print engraved wood cutouts and layered carved paintings. She also offers custom-designed linoleum block prints.
Althea Designs is located at 34 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. Open by chance or by appointment. (802) 777-5137.