Visual

Small Works, Big Ideas

Honey, I Shrunk the Art

Attend

More:

WHAT: 24th annual “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” exhibit
WHEN: 11am-5pm on weekends and by appointment through Jan. 18
WHERE: Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island
INFO: http://www.matzkefineart.com

Monday, December 1, 2014

Small works pay off with big satisfaction in the new Karla Matzke show, “Honey, I Shrunk the Art.” Her gallery opening was the best thing going on a rainy, dark Camano Island evening. We stepped out of the car into fragrant salt air, perfumed with cedar.

Many artists and friends celebrated together. Newcomers were Ante and Lisa Svircic, who also show at Gallery West in Fairhaven. She, with a painting and drawing degree, has been sculpting since 2008, when she bought a piece of stone and simply “went for it.” Her smooth, alabaster pieces are intriguing and evocative. 

As for Ante, Lisa had given him a box of pastels and some encouragement. The result is a set of tiny, vivid forest and water scenes, quite powerful.

Kirk McLean, who is best known for large basalt and granite sculptures, owing to family tragedy has recently been carving small pieces in soapstone, which convey powerful emotions. These works express his grief about the death of his wife. “New World” is a prostrate tree clinging to rock, carved all in the rough. The partly polished “Lost World” portrays two tree trunks wrapped around each other.

The many other fine sculptures include tiny figures by Philip Levine, polished abstract belemite, chlorite and steatite pieces by Reg Akright, and a graceful circle of limestone by Robert E. Gigliotti.

Richard Nash, creator of several large works in the sculpture garden, contributes a series of small acrylics with classic lines.

In a conversation with Lin McJunkin, I learned how she took her experience with traditional pat de verre glass sculpture to a new medium: tempered glass. She places even-sized pieces of the broken material in a mold with colorant and heats them in a kiln, creating the effect of frozen movement.

The young Madeline Owen enjoyed a stunning debut in last spring’s Matzke show, when she also played a violin solo. She has returned with expressive charcoal portraits of crows, rabbits and hummingbirds. They are full of energy. She has a great natural gift.

Jack Gunter works in egg tempera: his whimsical and colorful “Noah’s Arc [sic] on Puget Sound,” “The Bathers”—a riff on Cezanne—and “Winter on the Stilly” are the delightful headliners of the show.

The magical prints and acrylic paintings of animals by Janie Olson seem to be everywhere. She combines formal portraits of a goat, bunny or owl with extravagant trappings of ivy, unicorn’s horns, sprays of clover, bleeding heart, butterflies and moths. A Renaissance-style background creates a surreal effect. 

As you would expect at a Matzke showing, everything deserves study and praise. There are pieces by Anne Martin McCool (small, monochrome abstractions), Donna Watson (collage), and superb abstract acrylics by Joan Enslin. I appreciated Don Haggerty’s tiny oil-bar-on-hardboard studies of dancers: they are gracefully done, capturing movement and gesture, in the spirit of French Impressionism.

Matzke, herself an accomplished pastel artist, has only two works in the show: “Meadow” and “Fall Walk.” In her service to others, she hasn’t had time to create. Who else would mow the 10-acre sculpture garden? 

“Have you tried goats?” I asked.

“The coyotes got them.”

March Silver Reef
More Visual...
Heavy Metal
From sparks to sculpture

A passion for extended guitar solos and amplified distortion won’t be a requirement for those attending a couple of metal-focused exhibits on display in Bellingham through the month. Instead, all that’s needed is the capacity to appreciate what happens when heat and sparks help welders…

more »
Verdant Valley
Enchanted in Edison

One of the most refreshing exhibits in the Skagit Valley is the combined show of artwork by Kathleen Faulkner and Ann Morris at Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison. Faulkner’s work, often seen here during the past 10 years, has achieved a high level of beauty and significance in her recent…

more »
Happy Accidents
A date with history

Sheri Wright swears she didn’t initially make the connection that the exhibit of painter Katherine Eva Houlahan’s works showing as part of an occasional “Women Artists of the Northwest” series at Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery would be on display during Women’s History Month.

“I guess…

more »
Events
Today
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am|Whatcom County

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

12:00pm

Imagine Convergence on Orcas Island

12:00pm|Rosario Resort

Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure

7:00pm|Meridian High School

Dyo Festival Plays

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Bellingham Puppetry and Mask Festival

7:30pm|Alternative Library

SICBA Home & Garden Show

11:00am|Skagit County Fairgrounds

Tarnation, Ryan Stiles

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

The Pageturners

7:30pm|ACT Annex

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #154

Honeywagon Runs

8:00am|Riverside Park

Nordic Roots Seminar

9:00am|United Methodist Church

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Squalicum Creek

Native Plant Sale

9:00am|Whatcom Community College

Make It and Take it

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

WNPS Field Trip

9:00am|Breazeale Interpretive Center

Spring Studio Seconds Sale

10:00am|Blue Water Pottery

Quilt Museum Annex Open House

10:00am|Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

Youth Ag Day

10:00am|Skagit Farmers Supply

Sumas Writers Group

10:00am|Sumas Library

Skagit Beer Week

11:00am|Skagit Valley

Dahlias Made Easy

11:00am|Christianson's Nursery

Free My Heart

12:00pm|Village Books

Tax Help Available

12:30pm|First Congregational Church

Fidalgo and Mount Baker Youth Symphonies

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Forest Bathing

1:00pm|Rockport State Park

A Family Immigration Story

1:00pm

Cheese Classes

5:00pm|Chuckanut Center

PechuKucha Night

5:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Contra Dance with the Alphabeats

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Manouche NW Concert Series

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Giovanni & the Camino of St. Francis

7:00pm|Village Books

Gabriel and Rebecca Manalac

7:30pm|Jansen Art Center

Skagit Symphony's Masterpiece Concert

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Legally Blonde
Tomorrow
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am|Whatcom County

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Imagine Convergence on Orcas Island

12:00pm|Rosario Resort

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

12:00pm

SICBA Home & Garden Show

11:00am|Skagit County Fairgrounds

The Pageturners

7:30pm|ACT Annex

Skagit Beer Week

11:00am|Skagit Valley

Rabbit Ride

8:30am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

History Tour

12:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Audubon at the Museum

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Legally Blonde, the Musical

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Murder & Mayhem

3:00pm|Everson Library

Poems for Peace

3:00pm|The Happy Place

Powerful in pink

3:00pm

Art of Jazz

4:00pm|BAAY Theatre

Classy Comedy

7:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Trove Web Bos2
Monday
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am|Whatcom County

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

12:00pm

Skagit Beer Week

11:00am|Skagit Valley

Community Soup Kitchen

6:00pm|Little Cheerful Cafe

Monday Night Pizza

6:00pm|Ciao Thyme Commons

Poetrynight

7:00pm|Alternative Library

Open Mic Night

7:00pm|Village Books

Guffawingham

9:00pm|Firefly Lounge

see our complete calendar »

Trove Web Legally Blonde Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 The Hunts Village Books Bos2