Category Archives: Display Case

Art in the Lopez Library presents: Butterfly Secrets-Audrey Hancock the Butterfly Lady; Mar. 24-May 5, 2017; Reception & Discussion March 31st, 3-5PM, Lopez Library Community Room

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!

“Stone Figures” the Artwork of Irene Blomberg, February 10th-March 24, 2017

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”
-Irene Blomberg

“My Unique View” Artist Alek Taylor-Photographs and Stone Carving; Dec. 30th – February 10, 2017; Artist Reception Jan. 7th, 3-5PM

Watch Alek’s Presentation

Artist Alek Taylor

Artist Alek Taylor



“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:

“Wood, Stones and Bones” Artist Bob McCabe, November 18 through December 30, 2016


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,, 360-468-3472



“Ceramic Boat Show” the work of Artist Pete Kuentzel, Oct. 7th-Nov. 18th in the Library’s Glass Case, Artist Reception Fri. Oct. 7th 3-5PM

The Artwork of Pete Kuenstel

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

Art in the Library’s Display Case: “Wunderkammer” the Ethereal Artwork of Marianna Haniger; August 26 through October 7, 2016

armor and crown

Yours to discover…….

The Lopez Island Library invites you to experience the mystery and ethereal beauty of artist Marianna Haniger’s new work.  We provide no clues… is yours to discover.  The artist’s statement:


“What is a myth? How do myths work? What does it take to create a myth? Is there a recipe? Is there a place you can shop for myth-starter? What if the ingredients aren’t mixed correctly? Or baked too long? I think royalty is always good for myth making. Like a good spice, you can never go wrong with royalty. You gotta have blood, swords, armor and no myth seems complete without an animal or two. Preferably one that speaks. And, how important is myth to the well being of society? Is mythology the meat and potatoes of survival? Or merely desert?

I am not an author, of this there is no doubt. Whether I am an artist or not might still remain a question. I am however, without question, a person in need. I need to understand. I need to express my curiosity. I need to step off into the dark unknown and report back my findings.  I need a place. For me this process is not an act of choice but one of compulsion, one of survival.

In the end I’m not entirely certain what the answers are. For through the process I seem to have forgotten the questions. But the journey did happen and the evidence does exist. Or is this just a dream?”  –Marianna Haniger

Art in the Library’s Display Case: “Animals I Have Known and Loved” the Stonework of Artist Bruce Richardson; July 15 through August 16, 2016

Bruce Richardson Comorant

Cormorant inspired by local actors performing at the Anacortes ferry dock, carved in columnar black basalt.

The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the work of artist Bruce Richardson.  In addition to being a talented artist, Bruce Richardson and his wife Mindy are hard-working advocates of the library.  Bruce shared some of his history and process with us: “Sculpture classes at the UofW in the last century fueled my interest in carving wood and stone.  The fire still burns!  My current challenge is finding loved ones camouflaged in the form of Lopez glacial granite boulders.  “Miss Pippi,” the leopard frog who waited 10,000 years  for the sculptor’s kiss now sits in her gravel pond outside the LCCA, and a 2 ton harbor seal is emerging from his confinement in my stone yard, while a snow leopard, ptarmigan, snowy owl,  and others desperate to escape their bonds await their fate ….

My first memories of Lopez are from the early 50’s when my family camped at the south end and I discovered huge ice cream cones at the Richardson store.  Couldn’t believe there was a town named after me!  Wood carving with Gregg Blomberg for the past 25 years made a big difference in my ability and the tools I use, plus Tamara Buchanan has been a long time friend and stone sculpture mentor.  Thanks guys.  In 2010 we moved to Lopez permanently and are overwhelmed by the creativity and caring of the island community that we love being a part of.  The Lopez Library and its staff reflect and encourage the importance of finding ones calling and expressing it.”