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
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.”
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!
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”
Watch Alek’s Presentation
Artist Alek Taylor
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“I am a native of Washington State and I have a passion for capturing and sharing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through photography and stone carving.
Art has been a large part of my life from the beginning. I come from a family of artists and have been surrounded by creativity in many forms.
As a child, I started in clay, using it to rehabilitate my hands after reconstructive surgeries. I progressed to mixed media sculpture and later discovered stone carving. I like to carve away the stone and find what’s inside.
I have been taking my own photos since the age of 5yrs old when my mom gave me my first disposable camera. Photography is a way for me to capture a moment in time. Most of my images have little to no editing. My goal is to show as much of what I see as possible.
Through these mediums I have been able to share my unique perspective and personal experiences and enable others to gain insight about how I perceive the world.
For more information about what has helped shape my unique world view, please visit:
The Work of Artist Bob McCabe
The Lopez Island Library is proud to present the gorgeous work of artist Bob McCabe. He recently visited with us discussing his life and his creative work. He shared the following:
“I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and attended the University of San Francisco and Auburn University.
Different stages of my career have included teaching high school in remote Western Alaska, commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim River, retail store manager for the City of Bethel, Alaska, serving as an adjunct Professor at University of Alaska in Juneau, operator of a Bed and Breakfast in Seward, Alaska (which served the visitors to the newly opened Kenai Fiords National Park), developer of a condo project in Seward, and founder/owner of an import business. In 1985 I was selected as Alaska vocational teacher of the year.
I started carving Eskimo style whalebone masks while living in Bethel, Alaska in the 1960’s. In 1997 we bought a home on Lopez and at about that time I started building driftwood furniture and carving salmon and other marine wildlife.
I have been battling Parkinson’s Disease for about 20 years. Working with my hands and my imagination is somewhat equal to the power of the drugs that are currently available.
Thank you for you interest in my work.” – Bob McCabe, email@example.com, 360-468-3472
The Artwork of Pete Kuenstel
Join the library in welcoming the work of ceramic artist Pete Kuentzel. Artist’s reception Oct. 7th, 3-5PM. Artist Statement: “Fishing boats, tug boats, and ferries ply Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. The forms of these work boats are a fascination. They offer visual studies of harmony and dissonance. I find them graceful and awkward. As the ships traverse the seas it is like a pencil making marks on a sheet of paper. It becomes a drawing of shapes and rhythms.
Having sailed a good share of my life I am captivated with the elegance of sailing yachts of all sizes. A regatta of dancing sails enthralls my imagination. I enjoy exploring forms and colors to create visual music. Tides and eddies billow and flow creating patterns to discover. The dance continues.” Pete Kuentzel