February 2019 - Aqueous
Dive into a deluge of aqueous themed art during our February exhibit Aqueous: a group show featuring artists Theresa Biagioli, Robert Bickel, Steve Eichenberger, Michael Smith, Alder Suttles, Anne John, kathi rick and Sharon Svec. The show runs February 1st thru 22nd, with an artist reception on February 1st from 6-9pm.
Bead artist Theresa Biagioli (“Koi” pictured above) was raised in the Pacific Northwest, and though she now lives in Virginia, she continues to draw inspiration from the natural environments of the West Coast. The bead work in her current exhibit was inspired by a visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport where she encountered a tank full of delicate Sea Nettles— jellyfish characterized by a large bell and long, dangling tentacles. Theresa has also taken an interest in beading koi fish, exploring the variety of colors and intricate fin structures. Theresa’s bead weaving technique employs a variety of stitches to create a bead fabric. She alters the stitches to influence the rigidity and fluidity of the bead fabric to best match the needs for the bodies, fins and tentacles of her sealife creations. Other themes have focused on basket forms, vases, tea sets, flowers and traditional costumed characters.
Robert Bickel, was born in Seattle, WA and received an education in various locations including Mexico, Europe, Ecole d'Architecture Athenaeum, Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture and 'SCI-Arc.' Bickel seeks beauty in the hidden geometries of points, lines and connections that permeate this vast, complex and pointless universe. - Rbmodernart.com
Steve Eichenberger (“Who Will Stand With Me?” pictured above) is a full time artist with studios in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon. His work is in about a dozen galleries and shops in Oregon, Washington, and California, as well as online. He enjoys combining various different media to create a fresh body of work. He perceives his “inner artist” as a separate, mysterious entity with boundless energy that wanders mostly hidden in the recesses of his mind, and regards him as simply the “meat person” to carry out its wishes…which is fine by him. - SteveEichenberger.com
Michael Smith is an artist and art educator currently residing in Vancouver, Washington. He received his Bachelors in Art Education and Graphic Communication from Eastern Washington University in 1996. Since then, he has focused his artistic energy on printmaking and oil painting, exploring emotional aspects of everyday life.
Alder Suttles (“Untitled” pictured above) has shown her work in venues across the country. She received her bachelor of fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and her Masters degree from School of Visual Arts.
Anne John creates to provide a narrative opportunity in defining her responses to the human condition of life. Her work emerges through the eyes of a feminist, and her ideas are drawn from contemporary events where philosophies and religion often clash. She paints and sculpts directly from the human figure, sometimes allegorically, sometimes in a modern setting, but always with a psychic grounding beneath everyday interactions. - Annejohn.com
kathi rick was born and raised in Seattle Washington, kathi has been holding a pencil to a blank piece of paper ever since she can remember. She lived in Europe when she was 9 and 10 years old and went to every art museum possible. 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 her own art making and what she believes the power of art and the link between life death and art can and should be forever after... - kathi-rick.html
Sharon Svec moved to Vancouver, WA in 2008. She received her MFA in Professional Media Practice, and BFA in Visual Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her tapestry work has been exhibited locally and nationally since she started producing in 2014. She creates them through an original process of exposing images onto fabric, and layering with various stenciling techniques. Through these tapestries, Sharon expresses movement by the nature of the material, subject matter and method. Sharon’s tapestry process was born out of her experiences in graphic design, and of the printing and publishing industries; and is nurtured by a love of expression, nature, and universe. - smsvec.com