The public is invited to the eighth annual ARTfusion Art Show at The Cutting
Garden Art Center, 303 Dahlia Llama Lane in Sequim. The show, which will be
open Labor Day weekend, (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd
through September 4th, 11- 5 pm) features new work by four of Sequim’s
award-winning professional artists.
This year we dedicate our show to our dear colleague, Rocky Fankhouser who
passed away last year. Always generous with his beautiful work, his time and
woodworking expertise, Rocky is sorely missed and continues to inspire us all.
2016 has been a momentous year for the ARTfusion artists. Amazing travel
resulting in new inspiration are reflected in the new works that will make up this
years’ art show.
ARTfusion has a new venue this year. The show will be in Catherine Mix’s airy
new classroom and gallery. Please join us as we reveal a beautiful show of new
work in a gorgeous new space.
Catherine Mix, a founder of ARTfusion and owner of the Cutting Garden Art
Center, began painting in earnest in 1995 and has honed her craft, participating
in and hosting workshops by nationally recognized artists. Catherine paints with
pastel and watercolor (and sometimes both media together) capturing the
spectacular scenery of the Olympic Peninsula, as well as still lifes and portraits..
This year she has been focusing on Plein Aire painting, traveling to France to
study with Plein Aire master, Ian Roberts. The ten day workshop was held in La
Barroux, a tiny village in the Provence region. She extended her stay to continue
to paint this beautiful part of France. She paints to reveal light and shadow and
the electric color combinations they create. Catherine paints for the
satisfaction of solving complex design problems and covets her solitary time
spent absorbed in the process of turning pastel and watercolor into a rich visual
story. Please see some of her work and her painting process at
Paulette Hill, a prize winning jewelry designer, also travelled extensively this
year, taking a long sojourn to the Southwest. New jewelry pieces incorporating
stones discovered on the trip and inspired by the warm textures and colors of
the region will be the focus of the jewelry pieces she will show this year.
Employing the vivid color and sparkle of crystals, stones, metals and pearls, she
creatively incorporates unusual combinations into her lovely earrings, bracelets
and necklaces. Recognized for her wire-wrapping technique, this year Paulette
has been exploring wire weaving. Paulette continues to teach jewelry-making
techniques and has joined the Artists Showcase at Northwinds Art Center in
Port Townsend. Please see her new pieces at
Tuttie Peetz, a noted driftwood sculptor, continues to teach, attracting many
new students interested in the art of driftwood sculpting. She is experimenting
with incorporating Guilder’s Copper Paste and other metals into her work. She
is also working with wood from the High Desert of Oregon. Experimenting with
inlay of crushed semi-precious stones adds a new dimension to Tuttie’s pieces.
She looks forward to sharing her new ideas and new works at ARTfusion this
year. Her latest work can be seen at www.artfusionsequim.blogspot.com
Linda Collins Chapman, recognized for her carved porcelain and ceramic
sculpture, is currently working on a large commission in her Penny Lane studio.
This year she continued her support of the Artist Trust by donating a carved
porcelain plate to the Gala Auction. ‘Spinner’ was featured in the silent auction
and sold to a new collector. Shows this year included ‘Small Works’ at the
Northwinds Art Center in Port Townsend and ‘Convergence’ at the Port Angeles
Fine Arts Center. Her work was also included in the ‘Black and White’ and
‘Sculptural Works’ shows at the Sequim Civic Center’s Art Gallery. She will be
showing at the Fifth Annual Soroptimist Gala Gift Show scheduled for December
in Sequim. Linda also looks forward to teaching a mask sculpting workshop at
Western Carolina University this coming year. Her work can be seen at
ART fusion invites the public to celebrate 2016 with us and to meet the
ARTfusion artists this Labor Day weekend. Artist Demonstrations at 2 pm each day.