The Lopez Library is pleased to feature the sculptures of Rick Wigre. His show, titled “CLAY, STONE, AND GLASS” will run from January 12th, 2018 to February 22nd, 2018.
In his words: “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. I truly enjoy exploring all of these new medias, creating and helping others to create.” – Rick Wigre
The Lopez Library is pleased to feature the photography of Scott Hatch and the mixed media of Ruth van Doren. Both shows will run from December 1st, 2017 to January 11th, 2018.
Ruth van Doren’s show titled “BOOKS + BLING” will be in the cabinet. In her own words: “In the 1960’s, my first production crafts were pottery and weaving. From these beginnings, my skills expanded to include painting, photography, glass blowing, papermaking, book arts and jewelry. I began to experiment with the multiplicity of ways these different art forms could be combined. All of my work is concerned with the unique relationship of very dissimilar materials and attempts to demonstrate deeper awareness of the delicacy and interconnectedness of all life.” – Ruth van Doren
Scott Hatch’s photography show, titled “LOPEZ IN MONOCHROME,” will be on the walls throughout the library. From the artist: “I have been an avid photographer for almost fifty years. After learning to develop film and prints in high school, I took courses in college in the history and practice of photography and in one course built an 8 x 10 view camera. For the next ten years, during my Edward Weston phase, I would only use a large format camera and make black and white prints. As my careers in construction and house design left less time for photography, I switched back to 35 mm and found that I only took pictures when traveling. Over the last ten years as I have gradually retired I have been able to spend much more time on photography.
Like so many photographers I have switched from film to digital technology and am just as thrilled by seeing a good print come out of the printer as I ever was in watching an image appear in the darkroom developing tray. I love the instant feedback of editing images on the computer and I don’t miss the chemicals. Although inkjet printers made printing in color much more satisfying than it ever was in the darkroom, the early models were not very adept at black and white, so I found myself working in color almost exclusively. Current printers, with their multiple grey pigments, now can produce smoother grey tones. I had been thinking about returning to black and white and this show at the Library provided both the opportunity and the impetus to do so. In making these prints I was reminded of how different a black and white image is from the same image in color. When editing digital images on the computer, it is possible to switch between black and white and color with a keystroke. After working to get the right tonal gradations in black and white and getting to know the image in monochrome I was surprised to see how garish the image looked when I switched back to full color. I was experiencing anew how the absence of color results in more emphasis on composition, form and texture. Now I am looking forward to continuing to work in black and white.
When I photograph, the end product I am imagining is a fine print carefully matted and framed and hanging on a wall. My early experience with large format photography has fostered a continuing obsession with high resolution, sharply focused images. I print on acid-free100% cotton paper using pigment inks and frame with acid-free matt board and UV protected glass to produce an archival print. I am currently using a Fuji X-Pro2 camera (APS-C 24 MP sensor) and some very fine Fujinon lenses. I edit the photos with Lightroom software that allows me to make the same sort of adjustments (cropping, dodging and burning, changing contrast and color, etc.) that I used to do in the chemical darkroom in a lot less time with much more success. In order to get enough pixels to maintain detail in the panorama photos I stitch three or more photos into a single image.” – Scott Hatch
Ceramics by Sam Bernardi
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the ceramics of Sam Bernardi. Many of you know Sam as the tech guru at the Library, but he is also a highly skilled potter. Sam is a man of many talents! His show, titled “FORM AND FUNCTION” will be on display at the Lopez Library through October 20th. You are invited to an artist reception in the Lopez Library meeting room on Friday, September 29th from 3 – 5pm.
Sam offers this narrative of himself and his work: “My interest in ceramics began in college, in the late 1960s, while pursuing a degree in art. Ceramics was one of my classes and at once, I was drawn to clay like no other medium I had been exposed to. I was fortunate in having a highly respected potter, Phil Cornelius, for an instructor and eventually became his assistant. Working beside Phil for a year provided me with the knowledge to embark on my own to pursue a career as a potter.
My early influences were contemporary potters of the time such as Peter Voulkus, Paul Soldner, Daniel Rhodes and others. However, in a short period of time I began to focus on the production of functional ware. Early American functional pottery influenced my work then and does still today. Form and function guides my hand. I love the idea that pieces I produce are used by people for everyday use. After reading the book PIONEER POTTERY by Michael Cardew, I was compelled to become as self sufficient a potter as possible. I have designed and built my own kilns and much of my own equipment. For most of my career, I have mixed my own clay from raw materials using equipment I adapted to clay production. Iʼve always felt that being a potter was more of a lifestyle, as opposed to being just a vocation. The skills I acquired in the pursuit of my craft have crossed over into other aspects of my life, allowing me to live somewhat self sufficiently.
Over the 47 years of my career, Iʼve experimented with various forms and techniques. The work in this display contains work from my personal collection. There are pots from my early days and various time periods along the way. Some show the wear of use and one piece in particular was a gift to my grandmother in 1972 and returned to me when my mother passed away in 2012. Today I consider myself semi-retired from production pottery, however, my love of the medium keeps me in my studio. Currently, I am working in terra cotta and loving the new material and developing new glazing techniques.” – Sam Bernardi
Weaving by Julienne Battalia
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the beautiful basketry of Julienne Battalia. Her show, titled “UNTETHERED,” will be on display at the Lopez Library through September 8th. She offers this narrative of herself and her work: “I have lived on Lopez for 31 years, working and raising two beautiful daughters. In my life before becoming a single parent of two and working full time practicing Massage Therapy and East Asian Medicine/Acupuncture, I painted in water color and pastel, beaded jewelry, dabbled in ceramics and weaving on a floor loom.
Several years ago I felt a yearning to find this part of myself again. I had been curious about weaving baskets with rope, yarn and fabric from seeing an exhibit by Peggy Hubbard ( I think it was), at the library many years ago. I found a video on how to weave a coiled basket with fabric and rope. I bought a pretty patterned pillow case and some cord from the Thrift Shop and began to weave my first basket in the fall of 2015.
While in Mexico a few years ago, some friends wanted to learn coiling. I sent them to look for materials in the local craft/paper store and they returned with “synthetic raffia.” This material proved perfect! Since then I have introduced a variety of larger gage copper wire. I still frequent the Thrift Shop for re-used yarn, fabric and an assortment of other materials.
I have named this show “UNTETHERED” because the process of tethering together baskets creates inside me a wonderful untethering of mind and spirit.” – Julienne Battalia
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!