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Giant Mammoth, African Art and Harvest Pide on a Pedestal

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Well, there was art stuff happening in the Valley and Beyond yesterday. First thing in the Morning it was time to help change out the Martha Flores ‘Inflorescence’ art at the Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth to make room for the incoming photo exhibit by local Photographer Reed Carlson. That should be a great show, and I am definitely interested to see it. That done, the next stop on my agenda was to pick up the pedestal that I have been working on over at Terry Johnson’s Studio at Terry Signs in Wenatchee. That has been quite a project four days plus in the making. This is a wood constructed box essentially that was then primed and covered with multiple layers of a special black paint and then several layers of metallic overlay artfully applied to give the look of granite. This in hopes that it would go well with the granite surface that the ‘Harvest Pride’ Sculpture by Martha Flores sets on at the new Quincy Library.

After unloading the art from Icicle Arts Martha Flores and I headed out to Quincy to install the new pedestal. Along with the pedestal we had a collection of materials necessary for Martha to set the vegetable pieces (also made of fired clay) permanently into the basket of the sculpture and I added some material I had made to make the basket set up at an angle so that the contents of the basket would be more visible to the folks stopping to appreciate the work… especially those who are not as tall as I.

Once there in Quincy we met-up again with Roxa Kreimeyer for the installation. It all went as planned and the pedestal looked great and it surprised even me in how well it matched the granite counter top as I was working from memory on that. The up tilt of the basket worked just fine as well and Roxa was happy with the piece and so were we. It looks great there between two Orchard themed paintings by Consuelo Soto Murphy and sits just around the corner from the large oil by the buildings designer Brad Brisbane.

After a pleasant afternoon with Roxa we went to Moses lake to finally see the new Museum there at the MAC C (Moses Lake Civic Center). It is great. They have a wonderful giant Mammoth by Jud Turner made from repurposed materials that is quite accurate looking. It is impressive to say the least. While there, it was good to see Freya Hart the Museum Manager whom we had not seen since the art exhibit we participated in at the old digs about a year ago. She and everybody there are so happy with the new place and it is a really great space to exhibit art. The highlight of the visit was meeting up with artist Mat Woo who is one of the featured artists there at this time. His work is unique and had a very African feel to it for me. When I met him he explained that it is not ‘African’ per say, but that there is some African influence as well as Asian and other influences. He says that “stylistically, my work represents a conglomeration of global cultural aesthetics. “ And, that the goal with his current work is to provide each person with a “unique contextual experience, where each interaction speaks to their immediate emotional state”. He speaks of the “changing emotional dynamics” of his artwork. Admittedly much of the work in this show delved into his dark side. He did show us one piece that had a much “lighter” feel and look to it and as it turned out this piece has been chosen to be put on a label or logo for a winery. Good for you Mat on that . Mat is an interesting guy to talk to and he easily shared about how he goes into his creative space and how for this show he created 250 works of art in a year and a half, after which he really needed to take a break.

He and Martha Flores hit it off well and he was wowed by the small example (and I mean small as in on a business card) of Martha’s art that we had with us. The image of ‘Flowering Consciousness’ has that effect on people no matter what size. We talked about his perhaps trying to get a show in Leavenworth at Icicle Arts and eventually in Seattle. Best of luck Mat.

Having done all of that, it was a pleasure to see on the front page of the Wenatchee World when I got home, that they included a pic from one of my recent blogs and the link to access it The pic was by the way a work in progress at the time by Terry Johnson of Wenatche. (It has changed a bit since then) That was nice.

Meanwhile Martha Flores and fellow bird makers are buisily at work making giant birds for one of the floats for this years Apple Blossom Parade Bird painting by Terry Johnson.

Well enough for now. Have a very artful day.