Artwork of Karianna Aufderhar
By Karianna Aufderhar
Hello, my name is Karianna Aufderhar. I have lived on Lopez Island for almost eight years now, but I currently attend Union College in Nebraska. From a very early age I began to love art. You could usually find me with a spiral notebook filled with drawings and stories. The first real art class I had was by Ethan Salter at the Lopez Middle School. We worked with a variety of mediums, such as pencil, paint, pastels, charcoal, watercolors, and even glass that we fired in a kiln. Students were given art journals to use for any kind of art we wanted. Ethan often told us to just start drawing and don’t erase anything. Our artwork didn’t have to be perfect. It was then, and still is, a hard lesson for me to learn to let go of making something look “just right.” The best art usually comes from sitting down and doodling on some lined paper for the fun of it! Soon after starting school on Lopez, I began doodling in class. First it was scrap paper, then I was drawing original art on all my math homework and quizzes. The teachers and assistants noticed my drawings but never discouraged me. For that, I will always be grateful. In high school, I attended a boarding school in Spokane. The art teacher there taught oil painting. At first, I was extremely slow and bewildered by this medium of art. But I quickly fell in love with it! During my senior year, I went out of my comfort zone and tried woodworking. I made wooden spoons, a fork, some butter knives, cutting boards and eventually finished a coffee table. In all my woodworking adventures, the day I will never live down is when I told my dear mother I had sold the coffee table… her coffee table that she had paid for when I signed up for the class. My parents have always been my cheerleaders and I can never thank them enough.
I believe everyone is creative. You might not believe it about yourself, but it’s still true. Some people look at the doodlers in school who seem to have natural talent and compare themselves. But art can take all shapes and forms. My brother works with metal in a little forge. He made my mom a little bag out of leather. Art doesn’t have to be something on a wall. Art isn’t just composed of pretty doodles of eyes in a sketchbook. It is so much more than that! It is laughter. It is poetry. It’s the melody of a singing piano. It’s the view atop the hill with the swing, overlooking the sparkling sea. Art is everywhere if we stop to look for it.
Throughout my life, so far, many individuals have inspired me. My art remained at stick-figure level for a few years, but people still encouraged me to keep drawing and to be creative. That encouragement has meant the world to me. “Thank you!” to those who have inspired me over the years. I hope my artwork will inspire people to take special care to encourage young artists around them.
Chapoe du Lopez
Join the Lopez Library for the joy and whimsy of Anita Stone’s hat collection. We are convinced you cannot browse this exhibit without the glimmer of a smile. Just in time for spring. Anita shared the following with the library: “I was already collecting hats at age 13 when a big article in the Everett Herald newspaper came out. A local gal had 500 hats! What a challenge. A few years ago my collection reached over 1,000. I stopped counting and told myself not to buy anymore. Back when I started, thrift stores did not realize the value of the hats from the Glory Years of wearing hats. You did not go out, man or woman, without something on your noggin. So I scored several works of millinery art. While working in produce at the new food Co-op in Everett I wore a different hat every day. Lacking plants or display items, I brought in a new display of hats each month for the top of the produce case. Customers seemed to enjoy it and brought beautiful hats to GIVE to me! Thus became my title ” The Hat Lady”. In our small house in Lake Stevens, one room was devoted to the collection. Every wall and the ceiling were covered. I built a floor to ceiling hat tower.”
Lopez Island Library hosts “Teen Literary Night”. The evening is for teens only and will feature music, poetry, prose, film – all selected, shared, facilitated by local teens. Snacks will be available. For more information call Jen at the Lopez Library 468-2265 or Juniper Blomberg 468-3902.
It’s National Poetry Month and Shark Reef Literary Magazine and Lopez Island Library are proud to present poet Gabriel Jesiolowski, the winner of the 2015 Benjamin Salman Award. They will be reading from his book of poems “As Burning Leaves” published April 2017 by Red Hen Press. We share their bio with you: “Gabriel Jesiolowski is a queer poet, artist, and curator. Born in the Midwest, they are the child of a textile artist and a psychologist. They work in a research-based practice using installation, photography, painting, performance, printed matter, and text to scuffle within the spaces of language and art. Over the past ten years they have taught art, writing, and gender studies at the university level and curated traveling and pop-up exhibitions. Their work has been shown in galleries such as Dumbo Arts Center, Future Tenants Gallery and the Flux Factory and appeared in print in Crossings: A Counter-Disciplinary Journal, So to Speak, and DIAGRAM, among others. They were the February 2016 writer in residence at The Alice Gallery in Seattle, and they are currently at work on a book of prose poems, an experimental film, and blueprints for a traveling apothecary.” In a month dedicated to poetry we are honored to host this remarkable poet.
“The geography of the body changes; its landmarks temporary; its border shifting,
in Gabriel Jesiolowski’s “As Burning Leaves”, a cartography of new forms, new ways of
being. These poems constitute a healing atlas, a journey of utmost compassion,
marked by both formal elegance and artful eloquence. What a remarkable book; it
will astonish and enchant you.”
—D. A. Powell, author of Lunch and A Guide for Boys
Audrey Hancock-Butterfly Secrets
The Lopez Island Library invites you to stop by the library and view a completely unique and lovely perspective on butterflies. Audrey Hancock, locally known as the Butterfly Lady because of her deep knowledge and appreciation of butterflies, is featured in the library’s glass exhibit case. Her shop in the village is not to be missed, the beauty and wonder of butterflies abounds. The library exhibit displays butterfly specific information on seed distribution including her 501c3 seed distribution program. The display also includes info on the farm raised immortalization & rescue program, as well as gardening tips for attracting butterflies and preserving their habitat. Her butterfly inspired jewelry is particularly well loved and will be featured in the exhibit too. Audrey shared the following with the library: “I’ve had a love affair with butterflies for as long as I can remember…the Monarch in particular. Over the years my adoring fascination has morphed into a not for profit business that combines creating the much needed habitat for our struggling local species, with support of butterfly farmers around the world preserving beautiful specimens for artistic and educational purposes.” Visit this exhibit and learn tips & tricks to grow the most tempting & delicious garden for our local tiger swallowtails!
We are very fortunate to feature the work of Rick Wigre in our library. We encourage you to spend a few extra moments in the library relaxing and disappearing within these beautiful images. Rick shared this regarding his work and his artist’s life: “In 1972 I came to Lopez Island and found an inspiring place to paint and live on the south end. At that time, I was working on large abstract paintings for a Seattle one-man show. I continued showing throughout the Pacific Northwest while also working with and learning from artists like William Morris and Margret Tomkins.
Since the 70’s I’ve studied many other art medias: computer graphics, animations, graphic design, photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, glass blowing, stone carving, print making and more. I never would have guessed that my exploration in the arts would involve teaching, but over the years teaching has played an essential role in the development of my art.
I completed a degree in Broad Area Art Education at Evergreen State College and Central Washington University. In 1984 I started teaching art in high schools, and enjoyed a successful teaching career for 32 years. In that time, I received these awards:
- Washington State Art Teacher of the Year 2015
- Advisor of the Year for Washington State, 2009, for Washington Technology Student Association (TSA)
- Teacher of the Year, 1992, for Washington State in Technology presented by IBM and Technology and Learning Magazine
- National Award for Teaching / Advisor of the Year, 1989, presented by NASA and National Science Teachers Association for Intergraded Curriculum 1989 at the Senior High School Division
- National Award for Teaching / Advisor of the Year, 1989, presented by NASA and National Science Teachers Association for Intergraded Curriculum at the Junior High School Division
- Who’s Who in Education, 2001, 2004, 2010
My teaching career enabled me to explore at the exciting edge of technology and traditional arts. Within the last four decades, technology has transformed the visual arts. You’ll see that change in my work through the years, and the works shown here are samples of art done throughout my career. I truly enjoy exploring all of these new medias, creating and helping others to create.”
The Artwork of Irene Blomberg
“The journey of rediscovering my artistic self thru the
medium of stone began 8 years ago, encouraged and guided
by my friend and mentor Tamara Buchanan. When I sculpt
I am happy and free enjoying the connection with the
greater creative spirit. Each sculpture has it’s own story
and journey into being, often reflecting the course of my
own life at the time.
Tapping into the creative process with an object so directly
connected to the earth brings me great satisfaction. Before
the chisel touches down I envision where these rocks have
been and what has brought them to their current shape.
Often the stones draw in the sculptor, sensing a potential in
the artist. It is our dance together, the sculptor and the
When I am getting ready to carve I feel like I am playing
hooky from the responsibilities of life. Whether or not I
create anything of artistic value is of little concern
compared with the opportunity to simply work with stone”