Friday, March 5, 2021

Art of Recycling - Schack Art Center


Art of Recycling
Schack Art Center

April 1 – June 5

Participating artists showcase their creativity by turning otherwise discarded materials into works of art. This exhibit aims to shine a spotlight on the environmental, social, and emotional impact of waste as well as explore new ideas about recycling and repurposing.

Though these artists come from widely diverse backgrounds, they all share a common bond: the ability to transform waste objects into works renewed beauty, utility and meaning.
Learn more HERE

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Sheltered: Artists Respond to COVID-19
January 14 – March 20 
Schack Art Center

"My artwork has always reflected my fascination & appreciation of nature; however, the importance of this has been profoundly reinforced during the pandemic. My daily rural walks have not only nurtured but have continued to inspire me, increasing my desire to highlight this invaluable resource. The pandemic has also prompted me to continue to explore new materials & methods. In the past several years I've created environmental sculptures & installations using reclaimed plastics. Not only is this no longer a safe option but I was creatively ready for a change. In my new series of sculptures I'm now translating some of these same forms using a combination of fiber, paper, acrylic & wire. Using familiar methods & techniques in unconventional ways, the process of making becomes an art meditation, a time of reflection & healing."

This exhibit explores each artists' individual response to challenges faced during the pandemic. Some have continued to create in similar ways, others have created entirely new ways and workflows. Examine the pieces and the inspiration behind them in Sheltered: Artists Respond to COVID-19. 

See the full list of exhibiting artists HERE 


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Four new sculptures have just been added into my shop!
Each is a reflection of my love of nature, fiber & texture.
More details HERE


Sunday, November 15, 2020

NWCraft20 Virtual Exhibit

'Corolla' is included in the NWCraft20 virtual exhibition juried by Ben Heywood, Chief Curator and Executive Director of Bellevue Arts Museum.

The exhibition dates are November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021 at the BAM Museum Store HERE

Learn more about Northwest Designer Craftsman 


Monday, October 5, 2020

FIBER 2020
 at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has been extended to the end of the year! 
I have several pieces in the show but in this video tour, Greg Robinson Chief Curator talks about my installation 'Kelp Forest'. In the background you can catch a glimpse of some of my other sculptures.

View the full video tour here, HERE

Fiber 2020 explores diverse ways artists are working in fiber and textiles. Over thirty-five artists are featured in this large group exhibition, from traditional fiber arts through contemporary works and installations. Media include lace, embroidery, quilts, wearables, reconstituted and repurposed objects ,conceptual sculptures and art installations.

More details & the full list of artists here, HERE


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

'NBO Presents Basketry: 

Architecture and the Environment' 

is now available on YouTube. 
Thank you National Basketry Organization!

Jo Stealey interviews, Artists: Ann Coddington, Barbara De Pirro, Elizabeth Runyon and Eric Stark about their work.

FYI you can skip the first 16 minutes which was our warm-up time and not part of the presentation.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

'Basketry: Architecture and the Environment'

National Basketry Organization, Inc. presents an online conversation.
Thursday, September 17th
8PM Eastern / 7PM Central / 6PM Mountain / 5PM Pacific

Jo Stealey interviews, Artists: Ann Coddington, Barbara De Pirro, Elizabeth Runyon and Eric Stark about their work.  

The Juror/Interviewer
Jo Stealey
Jo Stealey is a nationally known artist, teacher and curator and most recently, professor emerita  the University of Missouri. She was the co-curator for the traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived Reinvented: Basketry in America as well as the juror for this year’s NBO Members in Print 2.
The Artists
Ann Coddington
Ann Coddington is a studio artist, and Professor at Eastern Illinois University. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois in the Sculpture Department. Ann utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining and netting in her sculptural forms. 
Barbara De Pirro
Barbara De Pirro creates Mixed Media Sculptures and Installations.  Her observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance, resilience and its vulnerability. With each project she strives to create a sense of wonder.

Elizabeth Runyon
Elizabeth Runyon uses traditional materials and techniques to create contemporary sculptural baskets. Her large playful structures suggest movement even when they’re standing still. Her inspirations range from nature to spacecraft to Calder mobiles.
Eric Stark
Eric Stark is an architect, teacher, and basketmaker. He enjoys working with a wide variety of materials including black ash, white oak, reed, willow, paper, and chenille stems. He firmly believes in “Discovery through Making”. His craft has introduced him to the community of makers that he loves.

Email for more information and a link to join the webinar on Thursday, September 17.