Artists and art collectors from Lopez Island grace the walls and the glass cabinet of the library. The varied and beautiful work featured is organized by dedicated artist and patron Meg Ryan. We are grateful for her support of the library and participation from our local artists. We encourage you to take a moment to enjoy the work represented when you visit our library.
The following scheduled artwork is listed below:
Cabinet Exhibit Schedule as of 6-1-17
Wall Exhibit Schedule as of 6-1-17
The Artwork of Sheila Simpson-Creps
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the artwork of Sheila Simpson-Creps. Sheila is well known for her beautiful ceramics as well as her paintings. Her work can also be found at Chimera Gallery in Lopez Village. She shared this narrative of her work:
“Egg tempera can be traced back to ancient Egypt, and was a primary painting medium until the development of oils in the mid-1400s. You may be familiar with old, Russian and Byzantine religious icons, which were painted in Egg Tempera, as was the work of Botticelli, and the contemporary work of Ben Shahn.
The development of Egg Tempera was stunted by the advent and ensuing popularity of oil paints in the late 1400s. Many of the oil painting techniques that became popular in the 19th and 20th centuries (impressionism, symbolism, collage, color-field painting) were never attempted in Egg Tempera because by then oil was the dominant medium. Yet Egg Tempera handles those techniques perfectly well as long as one doesn’t paint in impasto
(thick applications of paint). One of the factors that motivate me to use Egg Tempera is a concern for the environment.
As human beings we all pollute, and yet I believe we can be conscious of how much we each contribute to the sum total of human pollution. There were so many hazardous waste
products with oil paints that I searched for a medium that would let me build up layers of both transparent and opaque colors. Watercolors didn’t let me build up the layers I wanted
and I didn’t care for the plastic surface sheen of acrylics. I also questioned the environmental impact of acrylics, which are water based but the plastic binder is still going into the water system, and doesn’t necessarily biodegrade. Egg, as a binder, solved the
problem for me by being biodegradable and Egg Tempera yields an archival, sound surface for my work. Nature has always been a source of inspiration for me. For many years I have painted birds
as a subject matter. Sea Stars became a focus in the past couple of years, as they dwindled due to a wasting disease. With all of the year round green in our environment, my eye looks for other colors. Sea Stars, offer a wide range of color, and I am always pleased to see them. The effect of their loss impacts all of the other parts of their ecosystem and I am aware of the delicate inter-balance of all the environments of our world. The paintings here at the library, honor the creatures of our tidal Puget Sound, which provide us with so much beauty, and sustenance.” -Sheila Simpson-Creps
Feather and Flame
It isn’t possible to adequately describe Kelsey Nelsen’s inspired and elegant ceramics. The Lopez Library invites you to visit us with one objective: see her incredible work in the glass exhibit case at the entrance to the library.
“I am a studio potter working primarily in stoneware clay fired in atmospheric kilns. I received my B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, apprenticed with Wisconsin potter David Caradori, have worked as an artist-in-residence at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, and am currently managing and teaching at Rural Arts Clay Co-op here on Lopez. In the studio I explore the physical relationship we experience with pottery as well as with the natural world.” -Kelsey Nelsen
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