JAN FERGUSON

Our house was always filled with music. My mother and her sister were enrolled in music classes at an early age. My grandfather was an inventor, wood worker and musician. Our house was filled with a variety of musical instruments ,books creative toys that encouraged an active imagination.

My parents encouraged me to follow my dreams and believe in myself. That has not always led me in a strait course. My involvement in the arts began on the Washougal Parks Board in 2011 when we decided to commission the Women Who Weld to create four metal pieces depicting their impressions of the Washougal water front. That lead to beginning of the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance art walk map and a yearly arts festival.

In 2013 I was appointed to the Clark County Arts Commission and helped establish the Anstine Gallery on the sixth floor of the Clark County Public Service Center. This journey has introduced me to so many wonderful creative people and reinforced the belief in the power of the arts.

Anne John

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The act of creating provides a narrative opportunity in defining my responses to the human condition of life.  My work emerges through the eyes of a feminist, because I am, after all a female.  My ideas are drawn from contemporary events where philosophies and religion often clash.  I paint and sculpt directly from the human figure, sometimes allegorically, sometimes in a modern setting, but always with a psychic grounding beneath everyday interactions.  

Several themes interweave within my work.  The feminist thread appears in renditions of a contemporary Eve shouldering the burdens implied by the symbolic apple. I credit her for bringing us knowledge, freedom of thought and empowerment.  I harbor no resentment towards men.  They are seen depicted with their own set of challenges in a changing world.  Together I see men and women as the stewards of a fragile planet.  My depictions of birds and animals represent our connection as well as a responsibility to protect a complicated world.  

I am deeply rooted in the Pacific northwest, where my palette swings with a moody climate.  My technique involves surfaces of mixed media, collage, and a layering of oil glazes.  I find myself pulling figures from the canvas as though they are emerging from another dimension.  As I paint, I acknowledge both the fragility and the strength of life.  I see the tug and pull between men and women.  I recognize, unequivocally, that life is to be celebrated.

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Kathi Rick

Born and raised in Seattle Washington I have been holding a pencil to a blank piece of paper ever since I can remember. I lived in Europe when I was 9 and 10 years old and went to every art museum I could wangle my parents into taking me to. Stand outs were the plaster death body casts of Pompeii and the black paintings of Francesco Goya at the Prado gallery in Madrid Spain, both of which have influenced my own art making and what I think the power of art and the link between life death and art can and should be forever after...

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Sharon Svec

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I wanted to be an artist, but I was cautious with my approach... I pursued “visual communications,” a program of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University. My career followed accordingly with jobs in the printing and publishing industries, as well as in marketing and communication. I moved to Vancouver in 2008, and in my personal time I enjoyed performance, dance and visual art through partnerships with local theater companies and other artists.

In 2014 I became pregnant, and my pursuits in performance were curbed by an especially cautious medical industry. To appease the doctors, I refrained from “excessive movement” and started creating tapestries through an original process of exposing images onto fabric, and layering with various stenciling techniques.

I used dancers as my subjects, learning about their history and influence on culture through the process. I seek depth, movement and expression in my work. I visit a world beyond my own, where threads, dye and paint come together for a performance which intertwines space and time. It’s incredibly meaningful to me to share these works, and to offer new perspectives in art and it’s influence on our lives.

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