ARTIST TALK | November 2, 2019 3:30 pm
ARTIST RECEPTION TO FOLLOW | November 2, 2019 5:00 pm
Tricia Stackle is an artist/designer, living and working in the Skagit Valley in Washington. Inspired by simple, geometric shapes, bold colors, and tactile materials, she is an artist and educator committed to rethinking the way people live with and relate to art and design. She is drawn to the dance between form and function and interested in creating artwork that invites both playful and therapeutic interactions for people of all ages. Whether making furniture, soft sculpture, home textiles, or mixed-media drawings, quality craftswomanship is at the forefront of her ethos of making.
I like systems. They calm me.
I like minimalism. It delights me.
I like color. It energizes me.
I like stitching. It grounds me.
I like wool. It comforts me.
I like quality. It reassures me.
I like making things. It makes me feel useful.
Stackle earned bachelor degrees in Studio Art, Theology, and Secondary Education from Saint Louis University in 2002. Her first career was teaching high school art for seven years in Seattle, WA. In 2010, Stackle earned an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She continues teaching from time to time in a workshop format and started her own art/design practice. In 2013, she moved to San Jose with her partner and fellow Cranbrook classmate, Ron Hemphill. Together they started HillStack Studio at The Alameda Artworks. They each have their own art practice as well as create collaborative work under the HillStack name. In 2017, they both relocated to the Skagit Valley to start the next chapter of their creative endeavors.
FROM THE EXHIBIT
Patty Haller’s colorful and analytical paintings explore the beauty, order and chaos of the northwest forest. Andrew Vallee presents new wood and bronze sculptures, a shift towards representation. Man-made natural objects, derived from the shores of the Samish Bay.
Kris Ekstrand is presenting her delicately abstracted landscapes and a continuation of her vibrant and energetic portraits of bird nests. Created in her studio on the banks of the Edison Slough in the Skagit Valley. Ekstrand’s paintings walk a line between abstraction and representation, skillfully drifting between the two. Marceil DeLacy presents her hand-carved wooden sculptures, expertly carved and finely finished. Her work makes one contemplate the human connection to the animal world. In this exhibition DeLacy introduces surprising new subject matter.