“NATURE IMPRESSED- Glass, Wax, Clay, Paper, Fiber”
Group show, Oct. 9th – Nov. 9th
LINCOLN CITY- “Nature Impressed- Glass, Wax, Clay, Paper, Fiber,’ is a showcase of the versatility of nature printing. Opening with a reception on October 9th, from 5 to 7pm, at the Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center, this exhibit will demonstrate the vast variety of ways to print with nature, from gyotaku (Japanese fish rubbings) prints on paper and quilted fabric, to leaves fired into fused glass, to raku pottery with natural objects burnt onto the surface and to printing with wax. This exhibit has been created by six artists with a common love for nature printing. Heather Fortner, Chritine Holden and Sharron Huffman all do different types of fish printing, while Bridget Benton nature prints with wax, Chasse Davidson nature prints on clay and Teresa Kowalski nature prints on fused glass. This show will run through November 9th and the hours for the center are Wed. through Monday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Nature prints utilizes inks, pigments or chemicals to transfer images of natural objects to a surface. Best known are prints on paper but nature printing lends itself to any surface, including clay, wax, glass, and fiber, as displayed in this exhibit. Nature printing allows the artist to capture the subtle shapes, textures, and intrinsic designs of nature, while also expressing a personal interpretation and appreciation for the natural world. Natural objects, such as leaves, fish, octopus and crabs, ferns, seaweeds, insects and flowers serve as the template for prints that capture the striking beauty of nature in “Impressed by Nature”.
Heather Fortner fell in love with gyotaku, or Japanese fish rubbings in 1976 while living in Hawaii and has been printing fish and plats for the last 40 years. She is an advocate for the art, and has taught various forms of nature printing for the last 25 years. She works from her Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio, in Toledo, Oregon, and will print anything that does not run away.
Christine Holden, now of Sarasota, Florida is drawn to patterns, colors, and textures of the natural world. Trained as a graphic designer, she spent her professional years working for the Fish and Wildlife service and other agencies creating wildlife publications in Oregon and Alaska. Introduced to gyotaku in 2005, she took to it like a “fish to water” and brings the skills of her artistic background to take this art form to a new dimension: making art quilts of gyotaku mixed with nature printed seaweeds.
Sharron Huffman is a longtime relief printmaker, fortunate to have taken classes from Ray Troll in Ketchikan, Alaska, in the 1980’s. She discovered nature printing in 1997, and was immediately captivated by the art form. Once a classroom teacher, she retired from teaching and devotes herself full-time to nature printing and her own studio/ gallery, Herring cove Originals in Ketchikan. She moved from Alaska to Milwaukie, Oregon in 2005 and continues to nature print, now specializing in octopus.
Bridget Benton loves making stuff and loves helping others make stuff. She has been an artist most of her life, working with fiber, acrylic, collage, and assemblage. She added encaustic to the mix in 2006 and soon began integrating nature printing into her work as well. Bridget is a passionate teacher, supporting students in listening to their own intuitive voice and following their unique creative impulses. She is the author of the award winning book The Creative Conversation: Art making as playful prayer, and co author of Sober Play: Using Creativity for a more Joyfull Recovery with Jill Kelly. She has recently moved to Asheville, North Carolina from her former home of Portland, Oregon. www.eyesaflame.com
Teresa Kowalski is a glass artist from Newport, Oregon who has worked in fused glass art for more than 30 years. In 2011 she started layering glass powder directly on real leaves and placing the powder-coated leaves under a sheet of glass. When fired, the organic material burns away and the glass powder is fused to the base piece of glass. She finds this technique to be the perfect way to turn nature prints into distinctive fused glass art. Visit her website for more information on this intriguing process: www.kowalskiglass.com
Chasse Davidson uses many items found in nature in her raku pottery. Leaves are used to press into the clay or act as stencils during the glazing process. Horsehair and feathers create unique marks as they are imprinted on the pot through fire. Chasse also uses natural materials such as cattails, seaweed, leaves and pinecones as fuel during the reduction process of her raku. These natural materials influence the color outcomes of the glazes. Chasse has been working with clay for the past twenty years and shares her passion with others through her classes at Toledo Clayworks. See more of what Chasse does at www.chasselovesclay.com