Laura combines light, color, and movement in her blown glass artwork. Her whimsical birds come to life on your garden fence. Sweeping spiral bowls grace a table with the interplay of form and shadow. Laura’s oil bottles bring art and color to an everyday object in your kitchen. Whether you prefer exquisitely elaborate filigree cane art glass, or the satisfying simplicity of a box-shaped vase for flowers, Laura’s original designs in glass give you plenty to choose from. More of Laura’s work can be seen at Ouzel Glass.
As an artist, Michael is drawn to the magic of the natural world and the magic of depicting that world. He is fascinated by the changing patterns of natural color, light, and form and how they can be represented though pencil and paint. The transformation of these media into an image that can touch other humans is a metaphor for the transformative power of the landscape.
Photography, Mixed Media
Pearl is fascinated by light. It is what first captures her attention when beginning to take a photograph. She is especially intrigued as to how light affects our natural world, the landscape and how the light transforms these shapes. She shoots both black and white and color film. Film! Pearl loves the feel of film going through the camera and the sound of the mechanical shutter. Her main body of work consists of reflections, water, shadows, trees, clouds, and rock formations, often captured as close-ups. She strives to capture the unusual subject or perspective. More or Pearl’s work can be seen here.
Today, our lives can get over-the-top busy, layered with packed schedules, long commutes and a seemingly endless “must do” list. We get outside too little, while we are on electronic call too much. The paintings Paula creates are inspired by the landscapes that bring those things that we don’t give ourselves enough of; relaxation and time to renew. Paula shares those places that can take you back into the peacefulness of nature and give you moments to reconnect with your best self. More of Paula’s work can be seen here, or on her own web site.
Growing up on the east slope of the North Cascade Mountains informed Matt’s design sensibility. He draws on the landscapes sometimes complex but always elegant line, form, and balance that he sees reflected in this landscape. After making jewelry for 25 years, Matt is beginning to feel that he is able to convey some of the subtle interactions between the metal and the stone, the line and the form, balance and color. He has always been drawn to design that says a lot without much fuss. Matt’s wide format landscape photography can be seen on his web site.
Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Laurie spent much of her childhood roaming the woods and marveling at their beauty, and exploring many mediums to express her affinity with nature. Making her home in the Methow Valley, Laurie still spends many happy hours roaming the Cascade Mountains an surrounding valleys in search of beauty and inspiration, painting the local landscape as she pursues her career as an artist.
Laura has loved has loved art and the outdoors from childhood, and nature continues to inspire her art. Colors, patterns, lines and shapes, all these elements become part of the design puzzle that is her challenge. Her work honors the wood, always keeping in mind that her raw material was once a beautiful living tree, encouraging her to strive for a final piece that is worthy of the sacrifice of the tree.
Margaret’s love for a pair of skis and a sunny day in an untracked basin is exceeded only by her skill with an artist’s brush. She is also a passionate arts educator, and can often be found teaching through the Confluence Gallery & Art Center, Methow Arts Alliance, or in private sessions. Margaret’s enthusiasm for skiing and the out-of-doors translates to her canvases where she uses heightened realism to capture the breathtaking beauty of landscapes awash with singular light. More of Margaret’s work can be seen here.
Photography has been Dennis’ main interest since he retired and moved to the Methow Valley in December, 2000. He has been attracted primarily to nature subjects, but also enjoys travel photography and has brought back remarkable images from such locales as Guatemala, Peru, Italy, Kenya, and Tanzania in recent years. For Dennis, photography is an ideal blend of creative and technical challenges. The camera and lenses are tools used to capture the essence of a subject at a moment in time. The creative challenge is to find subjects and ways to present them that are interesting and stimulating. Dennis is especially drawn to bold, vivid colors in and around his subjects. He enjoys creating images that are outside of people’s normal experience–images that make the viewer wonder what they are looking at or allow them to see things in a new and different way. Using a macro lens is one way to see things up close and capture the beauty of something that you wouldn’t normally notice or look at carefully.
Don appreciates the idea that turning wood into an object that can be handed down for many more generations honors the long life of the tree that came before the bowl or plate or whatever object he creates. Many of his pieces are functional and intended to bring art into the daily lives of their owners. Don also creates abstract and sculptural pieces if the mood and the wood are right. His passion for woodturning extends to teaching and demonstrating around the country. For more of Don’s work and a schedule of appearances, visit his website.
The subjects of Carol’s paintings vary, but are mostly scenes inspired by nature. She often mixes media, such as beading on acrylic paintings, or puts waxed leaves on water colors. In her basketry, Carol uses techniques taught to her by Native American weavers to create anything from miniature baskets and bags to woven glasses cases or cell phone covers. She loves experimenting with materials and forms using ancient weaving techniques.
Kathy has always been driven to reproduce onto canvas or paper the feelings that come over her when she views something that grabs her attention. She swears not to entirely understand this feeling and can’t quite put it into words. She is certain that it’s always been there and she’s just fortunate to be able to go with the flow and paint those images that so inspire her. For more of Kathy’s work, visit her website.
Jim’s current work as a potter of the Methow has been influenced by life in the valley. Natural tones, local flowers, animals, and mountain landscapes can be seen in his pieces. Although Jim likes to make one-of-a-kind pieces in clay, he finds it important to have a line of functional work that loyal customers can add to their everyday utilitarian ware. Jim’s goal is to make this functional ware both practical and unique. More of Jim’s work can be seen here.
Lauralee is equally taken by the variety and beauty of stones, gems, and beads. She loves to work with colors, textures, and various threads to create as beautiful a basket as she possibly can. Lauralee is especially happy with making valet trays, a special place to keep pocket tools for the night! To see more of Lauralee’s work, look here.
Denny started serious photography while mountaineering 40 some years ago. His intent was to capture the beauty of nature for those who would never go to those places. After retirement as a veterinarian and moving to the Methow Valley, he found the beauty in his own backyard. Denny now concentrates on scenics of his home area, both man-made and natural, all of which changes constantly with the four seasons.
Teri’s images are the reflections she sees and the images tell the stories around her. Photography has been part of her life as far back as she can recall. An old photograph can trigger a story within her that has lain dormant for many years. Earlier renditions of Teri’s work told stories of her life. In her current life, she photographs tell less about her own story, and more about the stories she sees around her. More of Teri’s work can be seen on her blog and at Reflected Light Images.
Cliff strives to build furniture that his clients will cherish and will last many lifetimes. His favorite materials include Northwest hardwoods as well as local recycled pine and fir. Recycled wood provides rich tones and textures. Many of Cliff’s pieces are inspired by nature, using live edges on table tops and naturally shaped legs on benches. More of Cliff’s work can be seen here.
At the end of summer 2007, Gloria discovered the mountains. This changed her life and she wanted a way to communicate her new passion. She tried to use cloisonne but it didn’t convey the mountains well enough, so she developed a technique employing precious metal clay, a relatively new product, with enamels. Gloria calls it Kami and it creates a three dimensional silver element on the enamel piece.
Whether they are images of a fragment of the built environment or of a more expansive scene, Marcy’s photos are invariably an exploration of the graphic aspects of the world around us. She strives to capture the impermanence, the irony, and the sometimes austere beauty of the everyday landscape. Marcy has been working for years on several documentary projects, including vintage signs and expression and communication in public spaces. She works in both color and in black and white, and also uses black and white infrared film for its vivid contrasts and textural grain. While Marcy’s work consists of still photographs–as opposed to moving images–she nevertheless sees her photography (particularly the landscapes) as quite literally about stillness. They stand, in some way, as an antidote to the visual and auditory cacophony of the modern world.
Katie is a long-time knitter and hand-spinner, but she didn’t take up weaving until she and her husband moved from Seattle the Methow Valley in 2006. Weaving has opened up a whole new world, a whole new way of using yarns and other fibers, and exploring the use of color and pattern in textiles. She weaves wearables and items for the home and she tries to always push herself beyond her comfort zone, at least a little bit, with each new project. You never know what Katie will be up to next! More of Katie’s work can be seen on her web site.
Working primarily in silver, Linda starts with silver sheet and wire of various gauges. She saws, bends, layers, textures, stamps, etches, and solders to bring her vision and designs to fruition as delectable wearable art…rare find jewelry designs. If the jewelry piece has a stone it’s likely Linda hiked and climbed to find rocks and boulders, then put her finds through saws, grinders, and polishing wheels. At the jewel her find has become is set into the silver designed to cradle and enhance the stone. Sometimes the silver design decides the stone and other times the stone tells her what it would like to be. And once in a while, through happenstance, the jewelry piece simply evolves.
Patty is a watercolor painter. For many years and long ago, she was a truck driver with little time to paint, so she collected material for painting behind her eyelids. Living in rural Washington, Patty is intrigued by nature, people, trees, water, chickens, bunnies, horses, cows, and the architecture of a flower or a stone mountain. Patty’s method of painting is controlled chaos. Basic hunt and splatter methods with plenty of color. She likes suggesting a subject and letting the eye complete the painting. Nothing is more pleasing than starting a painting on a beautiful piece of watercolor paper.
Being able to explore a variety of techniques is key to Susannah’s continued fascination with fiber arts. She enjoys incorporating printmaking, surface design, dyeing, and painting along with the more traditional techniques of sewing, quilting and weaving into my work. Susannah finds the tactile quality of fiber arts to be satisfying. Art you can touch, that you are meant to touch. How great is that? Susannah’s biggest influence is folk art. Whether it’s Native American pictographs, Mexican retablos, or Kuna molas, she loves the spontaneity, whimsy, drama, color and personal connection that folk art brings to otherwise mundane themes and images. There is a fearlessness and humor to folk art that Susannah incorporates into as many aspects of her artistic life as possible.