“2020”! A challenging year of fires, floods, marches, elections and a viral pandemic with its sobering loss in life, health, livelihoods, and physical touch.
“2020 Remembered” shows art work illustrating horrific events along with the resiliency, growth, and creativity allowing people to adapt and cope.
Linda Lee was born in Schenectady, NY. She moved to California at an early age to study art, where she met and married a member of the US Navy. She has traveled the US and Europe extensively, where she has gotten many ideas for her paintings. She and her husband eventually retired and settled in the Pacific Northwest. Her still life and animal paintings have won her several honors and she currently has an oil painting in the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown N.D. Linda is a member of the Yakima Valley Artists Association and spends most of her time behind an easel or Plein Air painting with friends.
Phone: (509) 961-3131
My name is Ashley Morris and I was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. My creative work stretches across sketching and photography. My drawings are influenced through the art of black and white portrait photography. Experiencing light and shadows in their natural state through photographs helps me to understand their place on paper with charcoal. My pieces are inspired by the intensity of emotion that is held in the eyes. I believe this serves as a common language throughout all cultures. “The voice of the eyes…..” E. E. Cummings. I try to recreate that window of intensity by building the eyes as the focal point of my work.
For as long as I can remember, I have spent every moment possible creating something. I spent hours coloring, then drawing and eventually creating my own comic strips. My interest in photography entered the scene in high school and soon became a beloved creative outlet.
In college, I expanded my interests and explored the world of watercolor, merging my photography with a newfound passion for the remarkable medium.
Following retirement in 2018 from two rewarding careers, in Veterinary Medicine and in Occupational Therapy, I joined the Yakima Valley Art Association to connect with the local art culture.
Now with more time to spare and my camera in hand, I can be found where I am most inspired. My inspiration comes from nature and all things from the natural world.
I look forward to putting more miles on my paint brush and with courage, continue to create
Dave Nelson was born in Walla Walla, Washington and grew up in Montana. He began with pen and ink sketching, then sculpture, and then, in about 1975, painting. He has never left the cowboy influences of his younger years, painting the wide-open landscapes, the cowboys, and the animals – both wild and domestic.
Nelson’s work hangs in collections internationally, from Europe to Japan and Australia. He is also represented in collections throughout the US.
Nelson currently lives and creates in Yakima, Washington.
Phone: (509) 225-0053
I was introduced to woodturning in high school years ago but did not pursue woodturning again until 1992. I obtained a new lathe in 2000 and, after retiring as an electrical engineer and adjunct college instructor, I started working in earnest on the wood lathe making many bowls, pens, vases and art. I began painting my basket illusion pieces in 2020. Each is turned on the lathe from a single piece of wood and then enhanced with woodburning and paint to give the illusion of a woven basket.
I appreciate all aspects of working with wood, whether it be the tactile response of wood, the aesthetic quality, or the art created. I enjoy meeting folks at sales events and giving them the opportunity to appreciate the medium as much as I do.
I am a member of the Mid-Columbia Woodturners and have displayed my work in local art retail galleries and American Association of Woodturners national symposiums. Additionally, one of my illusion pieces recently received an award at the 65th Annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibit at Larson Gallery.
Theme of Work
The pieces in this display are representative of my BASKET ILLUSION ART. They are turned on the wood lathe, with the grooves shaped while the piece rotates on the lathe. This makes them wrap around the piece. Then the perpendicular lines are evenly spaced and subsequently burned onto the surface with a wood burner. They give the appearance of beads similar to those seen on woven baskets. Designing a color pattern is quite challenging. The geometrically repeating pattern is created by counting the beads along the circumference and designing an evenly repeatable decoration. This decoration is then carefully painted onto the wood with acrylic paint.