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 quilts of Edi Blomberg. Her show, titled “SMALL STITCHES: QUILTS FOR WALL OR TABLE” will run from January 12th, 2018 to February 22nd, 2018.
In her words: “I was raised in Massachusetts, lived several years in Colorado, moved to Washington in 1967 and to Lopez Island less than two years later. I have a daughter, a son and one granddaughter, all of whom make me proud.
Although I made a few quilts for my family in the 1970s, it was this century before I really became a quilter. Meanwhile I had dipped my fingers in many other crafts, most having to do with textiles and with color always an important feature. Now that I am retired I spend time in my studio almost daily. I see possible quilt designs in the world around me wherever I go. After concentrating on traditional patterns I have begun to bend the rules. More and more frequently I have been designing my own pieces.
Making quilts is a great activity, something that I feel is both art and craft. Planning the design and choosing fabrics is my creative outlet. I find the repetitive acts of cutting and sewing meditative. Many quilters make their quilt tops and send them out to be quilted by a professional but I prefer to do all of my own work.” – Edi Blomberg
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
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the assemblage art of Bryan Gooding. His show, titled “BOXING MYSELF” will be on display at the Lopez Library through November 30th . You are invited to a reception in the Lopez Library meeting room on Friday October 20th at 3pm.
Texas native, Bryan Gooding, is a self–‐taught assemblage artist who moved to Lopez Island as a permanent resident in 2016. He began making art in 2003 during a change in his career and has used it primarily as therapy. His work reflects his curiosity with the ironic oddities and metaphors of life. A finished piece can be a complex image within a box that has an obsessive twist. Finished pieces can hint at his love of tramp art, prison art and obsessive art. Since college he has been a collector of interesting junk and these found objects can be features in many of his pieces.
“I strive for a feeling of discovery, like some long lost artifact from the attic. I like to invoke a sense of mystery and wonderment.” – Bryan Gooding
“Bob Carr’s Yawl ‘Sirius’ on Fisherman Bay” by Peter Fromm, circa 1980s
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the art collection of Nancy McCoy. Her show, titled “LOCAL COLLECTS LOCAL” will be on display at the Lopez Library through November 30th . You are invited to a reception in the Lopez Library meeting room on Friday October 20th at 3pm.
Nancy offers this narrative of her collection: “People’s personal collections have always fascinated me. Also what they collect and how they house and display their collections.
I was a professional collector on the island for 24 years, working as the Lopez Island Museum Director, acquiring island artifacts of historical significance for the museum’s collection. One aspect of my work at the Lopez Museum was chairing its primary fundraiser, its annual auction for 22 years. Local artists were usually very generous in donating their art for this community event. In the weeks and days prior to the auction, I was involved in determining the order and display of the donated objects. A number of times I found myself “having to have” a particular piece of art and would then have to outbid everyone else for it.
Some of the art in this exhibit are pieces that I was the high bidder for. Other art I purchased through island galleries and artist studio tours. Some pieces were gifted to me. There were several pieces I was lucky enough to spot at the Lopez Thrift Shop! My collection of local art just keeps growing. I live in a tiny house and am now challenged as to where my next acquisitions will go.” – Nancy McCoy
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
Watercolor by Mary Christensen
Watercolor by Don Christensen
The Lopez Island Library is pleased to feature the watercolor paintings of Don and Mary Christensen. Their show, titled “EXPLORING ART TOGETHER” will be on display at the Lopez Library through October 20th. You are cordially invited to an artist reception in the Lopez Library meeting room on Friday, September 29th from 3 – 5pm. In their own words:
“Don, it seemed, has always had an interest in drawing, painting and design. He majored in Architecture at UC Berkeley and learned to draw imagined buildings in pen and ink, watercolor and pastel. Mary spent her early years learning about the world and the people she met. A graduate of Oregon State in Home Economics led to her teaching children and adults as a career. Our family settled in the small city of Hanford, California where Don started his architectural practice. Among the many buildings he designed was the Kings County Art center where Mary took watercolor classes from Sallie Marcellus.
Retiring in 2003 we moved to Portland where Mary had grown up. We followed our interest in painting with two fine teachers Harold Walkup and Ruth Armitage at the Oregon Society of Artists and also Mary with Chris Williams. Daughter Mara and family moved to Portland in 2006. Karen Fisher, our older daughter, moved with family to Lopez in 1998. Having visited them many times throughout the years, our admiration for Lopez life grew, and in 2015 we moved to the Hamlet. We continue our interest in art and are inspired by the talents and diversity of Lopez artists.
Don has begun to venture into socially responsible themes using art to illustrate environmental challenges. Mary finds inspiration for her paintings in her life and travel. We hope you enjoy our endeavors.” – Don and Mary Christensen