Join us in welcoming Jean Hicks and Wren Ross, our summer Artists on Farms resident artists. They’ll be creating art here this summer and you can see samples of their work on display in the Picasso Gallery this August. Look for workshops and other community projects from them. Their bios are included below.
Our Resident Artist Community
The Resident Artist Studio community is designed to act as an incubator for the visual artist. Through a working studio space, neighboring artists, supporting programs, and exposure to the public and art community, Studio Space will provide participating artists with a foundation to further the impact of their art, expand their patron base, increase their exhibit schedule and market their work. This partnership between Artist and Gallery will strengthen both entities.
Gallery One Visual Art Center offers individual studios to artists at an inexpensive rate to support local artists and to create an atmosphere of energy and the production of art. Artists are allowed the use of the facility and are encouraged to be open during First Friday events to talk to patrons and show and sell their own work. They are also invited to an annual exhibition in the Eveleth Green Gallery.
Justin Colt Beckman
Video, Installation, Sculpture, Photo
Based around an investigation of the unique characteristics of small-town life, Justin Colt Beckman’s work explores and presents ideas surrounding the urban/rural dichotomy and its associated stereotypes. Essentially a city boy with country boy tendencies, he uses photo-based works, film/video, sculpture, installation, and new-media to engage in rural activities vicariously through his art-making.
Neil & Tamara Caulkins
A forgotten manuscript of duets by Isidro de Laporta (fl. 1790-1820) on the shelves of the Royal Conservatory library in Madrid introduced Neil and Tamara to a wealth of early nineteenth century music for two guitars. They are currently bringing this repertoire to life through research in archival sources and a study of historically informed performance practices including improvisation. Neil plays a replica of a seven string guitar made in Mirecourt, France, by Aubry-Maire in 1840 and Tamara plays an original anonymous French instrument from about 1825. The duo curates a Guitar Arts series of intimate performances by visiting musicians in the luminous space of the Eveleth Green Gallery.
Find out more about the duo and keep up with their performance here: www.caulkinsguitarduo.com
Cindy Deck is currently working at making functional art in ceramics. She is interested primarily in the abstract sculptural form. Her subject matter often deals with human nature, communicating this through use of organic shapes and surface treatment.
Ellensburg Film Festival
Since its inception in 2004, the Ellensburg Film Festival has grown into a major film and arts event in the northwest with over 2,000 people in attendance. The three-day festival is noted for its outstanding selection of critically acclaimed films, numerous screenings and venues, diverse cultural and artistic offerings, and a fun and relaxed atmosphere open to all.
As a milliner, felt-maker and educator, Jean has designed and fabricated for Teatro Zinzanni, Maureen Whiting dance company, New City Theater productions. Nationally she has shown at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show and Philadelphia Museum Show and exhibited at the Salt Lake Art Center, Bellevue Arts Museum, Whatcom Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. She has taught hundreds of kids and adults in the northwest how to create headwear. She has also worked as an assistant to performance/fiber artists Nick Cave and Joan Livingstone. Jean has received international fellowships from the NEA, Warhol Family Foundation, Windgate Foundation and locally from Artist Trust, Poncho and 4Culture. We welcome Jean as one of our summer artist residents.
More info to come.
Robin Mayberry is a mixed media maker who loves to create with textiles, paper and wax—sometimes all at once. Her work has been published in Sew Somerset and Somerset Studios, and has been shown in a number of local exhibitions. When not creating her own art, she loves to inspire others by leading lively, hands-on demonstrations and workshops.
Nick Bosso & Antonia Sloan
Jewelry, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/Lighting
Antonia is a jewelry artist and works in sketching and doodles. The jewelry she creates in her studio exhibits ornate stones, geodes and whimsical creations. She works in the community as a Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Art Therapist. Nick Bosso uses vintage radios and natural materials to transform them with modern technologies by creating lighting features and audio devices. His pieces were featured in the 2015 Holiday Exhibition.
Jeweler and Lego Artist
A resident of Ellensburg since 1989, Pat began his career by winning the coveted, “On the Fridge with a Dominos Magnet as high as he could reach Award” at a very early age. Most recently his work has been seen in the Gallery One, Larsen Gallery, Sarah Spurgeon and Alley Cats Galleries. His jewelry work is generally in Sterling, 14k Gold and Enamel. He enjoys making personalized wearable jewelry; rings, broaches, pendants and necklaces, but has also ventured to the world of bicycle bells.
He is also regionally acclaimed Lego Artist. It is a very small region, mostly his living room.
His work can be viewed here: http://saintsjohn.blogspot.
Wren Ross seeks respite in the human tradition of mark making. Printmaking in particular bows to this heritage, allowing us to transform something as elusive as language into concrete, enduring object (typefaces, printing plates). Ross’ images are examples of language distilled, repacked and condensed into meaning concentrates. Looking to the masters of symbology- ancient cultures, Native American, Paleolithic Man, etc., she seeks to circumvent technology, and pay homage to those most ancient endeavors in communicating. We welcome Wren as one of our summer artist residents.