November 23, 1998
Local artists show their stuff
From left: Musician Marc Bristol and artists Annie McCain, Heidi Bohan Bennett, and Bruce Edwards prepare for a new showing at Gardens and SunSpaces Main Street Gallery in Duvall.
This upside-down Christmas tree is one of many creative art pieces on display at Gardens and SunSpaces Gallery.
Duvall has long been a place which attracts those with an artistic bent. Maybe it's because of the dramatic changes that happen in the Snoqualmie Valley and its river. Maybe the frontier lifestyle of "acreage" or small town encourages the creative spirit--even demands that it flourish.
It takes a certain pioneer spirit to be an artist in this age. To make objects one at a time with precise attention to detail and style is special in an age inundated with commodity. To persevere in an expressive career which pays poorly or not at all is arguably foolish in a time when a person's worth is measured in coin, not artistic productivity.
Local and Damn Good, a holiday art show at Gardens and SunSpaces Gallery, celebrates 10 local artists who do it anyway! Featured will be new works by:
Opening reception will be held at Gardens and SunSpaces Gallery, 15611 Main St., Duvall, on Sunday, Nov. 29, 3-6 p.m. Marc Bristol's band will play and the public is welcome. Showing is through Dec. 31, 10-6 daily.
- Lisa Sheets, who has shown in New York, Germany, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Duvall, mixed media collage, prints and representational sculpture.
- Shelly Skoropinski, mosaic mirrors, prints of sensitive Jewish art, whimsical sculpture, and hilarious hand-made whistles.
- Bruce Edwards, renowned water colorist and muralist, painting primarily Snoqualmie Valley scenes.
- Heidi Bohan Bennett, basket maker in the Haida tradition, using cedar bark and pine needles.
- Annie McCain, using moss, dried petals and feathers, designs inspired woodland spirits and fairies.
- Dan Cautrell, painted wooden panels and cut prints. "I hope that my work will, at most, influence public conscience and at least encourage literacy."
- Jim Gregory, maker of fused stained glass ensemblage. Light and glass work together to form objects of beauty and with symbolic meaning.
- Dennis Cant, miniature plant-world scenes created using copper and bits of found treasure. Each piece is a water feature.
- Heather Peeler, thrown, hand-built and slipcast earthenware low-fire clay. Rich, vibrant palettes of color.
- Rod Torgerson, hand-turned wooden pens and pencils. Wonderful gifts.