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.
Although Gregg has studied with great painters like Ned Mueller, Simon Kogan, and Al Ring, he proclaims he remains largely self taught–but then what artist isn’t? Gregg strives to express the world around him through the medium of oil paint. Painting is a lifelong commitment to learning and perfecting a technique that helps express life’s experiences. He is a devotee of painting on location, “plein air,” but has found with the use of his imagination he can integrate a personal visual vocabulary acquired from hours and years of painting into the content of his efforts. More of Gregg’s work can be seen at his web site.
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. Her main body of work consists of reflections, water, shadows, trees, clouds and rock formations, often captured close up. She strives to capture the unusual subject or perspective. More of 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. More of Laurie’s work can be seen here.
Marcia finds a much appreciated calmness simply overtakes her when she steps into her pottery studio, where she loves whiling away her hours. Connecting with people has always been the driver in Marcia’s life. She has found her love of clay nurtures her desire for connection as each piece she creates is imbued with loving energy and passed on to another to hold in their hands.
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.
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.
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.
Lauralee’s pine needle baskets are creations of beauty. These durable treasures bring the beauty of pine needles together with beads or stones, broaches, or something unexpected. The texture of the needles in the baskets is gorgeous and the craftsmanship is excellent. She enjoys the work of weaving because it is both soothing and fun to watch the way the baskets seem to makes themselves. Lauralee is also a musician, and author. To see more of her work, look here and visit her website.
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.