Art of the Garden

Schack’s newest exhibit celebrates the garden

By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
EVERETT — It’s time to celebrate the garden, whether you are outdoors or inside.
The Schack Art Center’s annual “Art of the Garden” exhibition includes art for the garden and art about the garden.
Sponsored by Everett Cultural Arts Commission, the colorful show runs June 18 through Aug. 1 and features the work of 70 regional artists. The opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. June 18 at the center.
“There will be a wide variety of glass, ceramic, cement casting and metal sculptures to enhance your landscaping, as well as photography and paintings to bring the garden inside your home,” said Schack gallery director Carie Collver. Visitors will find artwork for even the smallest landscape, as well as structural pieces to define garden spaces long after the flowers have faded.
Randy Walker’s glass pea pod will be joined by a sculpture by Leon White, Pat Tassoni’s Space Needle arbor, floral paintings on wood by Edmonds Community College instructor Daniel Neish, encaustics with floral designs by Jackie Cort and ceramic sculpture by Sandi Bransford.
A Bothell artist, Bransford comes from a painting background.
“About 10 years ago I took a clay class and just really loved working in 3-D,” she said. “My work is mostly clay, mostly figurative, with some hybrid animal-human forms. I don’t use glaze, but instead paint my pieces after they are fired.”
Bransford primarily uses acrylic washes to paint her ceramics, but also incorporates oil, ink, metal and other media. A piece in the show uses moss and twigs to form a bird’s nest on the head of a figurine.
“The garden is a good metaphor for me because my work has a lot to do with plant and animal life. Two years ago, I showed insect humans,” Bransford said. “The exhibit coincides with everyone being out in the garden. I really like it.”
Bransford was pleased to learn that “Art of the Garden” will include dozens of artists.
“The Schack is a great space and it’s sure to be a great show,” she said.
Other artists involved include Reg Akright, Annie Anderson, Justin Bergevin, Dorothy Bonneau, Rick Bulman, Lindy Burns Hawkins, Steve Cox, Dee Doyle, Mike Eggers, Joe Fay, Becky Fletcher, Dan Freeman, Terri Goodwin, Jennifer Gottwald, Diana Grant, Theresa Greiner, Stuart Gullstrand, Jack Gunter, Janet Hamilton, Kathy Hastings, Catherine Haynes, Eden Hopkins, Cheryl Hufnagel, Cindy Jenkins, Steve Jensen, Gale Johansen, Catherine Kessel, Dan and Joi LaChaussee, Delorse Lovelady.
Also included are James Madison, Janci Mannington, Crista Matterson, Barbara McCann, Lin McJunkin, Patty McNamee, Merrillee Moore, Kenneth Morrison, Matt Moses, Marissa Motto, Thor Myhre, Theresa Novion, Kerstin Novion, Cheri O’Brien, Janie Olsen, Ulrich Packer, Bob Prowda, Maria Root, Ken Rowe, Susan Russell, Marcel Schwarb, Verena Schwippert, Gretchen Shepherd, Terri Shinn, Sherry Shipley, Ron Smith, Kate Steiger, Ryan Synovec, Deb Taylor, Shannon Tipple-Leen, Shailer Tuall, Roxann Van Wyk, Nancy Vogel, Lloyd Weller, Tomas Williams, Jeanne Wolfington, Barbara Wyatt and Stephen Yates.
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If you go
The Schack Art Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Admission is free. Also exhibited now at the Schack is “Visions Explored 2015,” a show of art and photography by Everett Community College students in the Emerging Young Artists’ Gallery is on now through Sept. 8. In addition, Everett Museum of History folks have supplied the Schack with a photographic display of Everett’s first 50 years, which hangs until Aug. 1.