Matthew Olds

Crista Ann Ames

Natalie Niblack

Tori Karpenko

2019 Artist Residencies

In 2019 Gallery One announces our Artist in Residence program for exhibiting artists. Exhibiting artists were invited to submit proposals to make work at Gallery One, interact with our creative community and learn about central Washington. The purpose of this program is to expose central Washington to new and diverse perspectives, enrich our community through dialogue, and to create deeper, more meaningful connections with each other through art.

2019 Residents include:

Matthew Olds

BRIEF ARTIST STATEMENT:
Artist Matthew Olds lives and works on beautiful Key Peninsula just north of Gig Harbor, Washington, with his amazing wife and two lovely daughters. Besides his own fine art practice, he is the owner of HOLDstudios: A diverse fine arts company where they build custom panels, stretchers, shipping crates, and most anything else art related, and offer a number of services that include art consultation, installation, shipping, and more. His client list includes Microsoft, Amazon, The Starbucks Coffee Company, King County 4Culture, Artist Trust, SPACEWORKS Tacoma, City of Tacoma, the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, Swedish Medical Center-Seattle, Marriott Hotels, developers, designers, private collectors, galleries, and a great number of amazing and wonderful artists across the country.

ANTICIPATED DATES: April 21-25, 2019

EXHIBIT: (De)construction – August 2-31, 2019

WEBSITE: www.oldsart.com

Crista Ann Ames

BRIEF ARTIST STATEMENT:
Crista Ann Ames is a sculptor working primarily in ceramics and textiles. Through the layering of mythology, iconography and personal narrative, Crista explores how our own animal nature relates to the ways we establish and sustain personal relationships.  Raised on a small hobby farm in Washington State, Crista often draws on her own experiences to explore pastoral life, animal husbandry, women’s craft and fertility. Crista attended Washington State University where she obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics with a minor in Art History, and Disability Studies. After receiving her BFA, Crista attended Utah State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Ceramics. She received her MFA from the University of Montana. Ames has been a Resident Artist at A.I.R. Vallauris, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Center, and The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. She is currently a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio of Missoula.

ANTICIPATED DATES: May 20-31, 2019

EXHIBIT: Art of Repetition – May 3-June 1, 2019

WEBSITE: www.cristaannames.net

Natalie Niblack

BRIEF ARTIST STATEMENT:
In considering landscapes, the incredible natural beauty that surrounds where Natalie Niblack lives in Skagit Valley is only valid to her if the power lines, dikes, exhaust fumes, and smokestacks are not edited. Virtually all of the landscapes she sees are impacted by human activity. In her paintings, she attempts to recognize that these landscapes are a result of the choices we all have made and we all participate in. Natalie acknowledges that she drives, uses plastics in almost every product she comes in contact with, eats foods from every ocean and continent, and creates waste. The landscapes she sees are filled with roads, cars, power lines, dikes, smokestacks, and farm equipment. She feels compelled to recognize the consequences of our relationship with the environment and our choices as to how it is used. Her work is also influenced by a pervading sense of disastrous change in the culture- change in the climate, environment, politics, and war. In looking beyond her insulated surroundings, she sees cataclysmic devastation.

ANTICIPATED DATES: August 12-19, 2019

EXHIBIT: (De)construction – August 2-31, 2019

WEBSITE: www.natalieniblack.com

Tori Karpenko

BRIEF ARTIST STATEMENT:
Tori Karpenko explores personal and communal stories through the lens of people and place, and the effect they have on each other.  He is fascinated by the creation of culture, by our unique responses to our ecosystem, and by the outcomes that emerge from how an individual or a society chooses to live. He is aware the landscape he calls home has both subconscious and observable impacts on him.  Through his personal connection to the seasonal rhythms, quiet undisturbed places, and the garden that he intentionally cultivates, he is grounded in a past, present, and future understanding of his own vision for ‘man’ acting as part of ‘nature’ rather than removed, separate or outside of it. As an artist he hopes to inspire and encourage a rising culture that feels a stronger connection to the landscape surrounding us and all that we have to learn from it, for the sake of the individual and the collective well-being.

ANTICIPATED DATES: August 12-19, 2019

EXHIBIT: (De)construction – August 2-31, 2019

WEBSITE: www.torikarpenko.com