Ashes of New Jersey

by Helen Dudar

Design Statement

Tribute to the ashes, the livelihoods, and the life (excluding the emerald ash borer) dependent on their existance.

My parents owned a sawmill with related woodlots, and in the industry these owners are referred to as “independents”. An independent practices sustainability and is dependent on a healthy forest. The emerald ash borer is one in the long line of assaults to hit the forests.

Botanical prints of four common ashes found in NJ. Stenciling of the common name to resemble lumberyard bin labels and stamped copper of the scientific name to resemble arboretum tags.

Materials:  Latex paint

Dimensions: 5″ x 5″ x 44″

Map/Spire Number: 46

Location: Hopewell Valley Regional School District Office

Address: 425 S. Main Street, Pennington NJ 

About the Artist

About the Artist

Normally my mediums are thread, fabric, and yarn. Wood is relegated to house and yard carpentry projects. This is my first foray into a creative wood project which tapped into several skills practiced during my carpentry projects. The thought diversion the designing and execution offered was just what the doctor ordered.



HV Arts Council Patterson Full Spire
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Artistic Accolades:

“The innovative use of copper and the educational element of the botanical terms are a fitting memorial to our lost ash trees.”