Gallery North announces its June featured exhibit “It’s in the Details!” with painter Susan Swapp and potter Bernadette Crider. The artists shared love of details gives the show its name. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments during the artists’ reception on Saturday, June 3, from 1 PM to 4 PM at Gallery North. There also is a reception during the third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds on June 15 from 5 PM to 8 PM. This exhibit runs through June 30.
Award-winning painter Susan Swapp started in illustrative art but quickly changed to fine art, when she realized her goal was to depict nature and wildlife in a realistic format. Sue grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so she has a deep appreciation of nature and the animal life of the area. In her paintings, Sue emphasizes a focal point to give the viewer more time to experience the details of a place. With wildlife, she offers the viewer a moment’s glimpse into the life of an animal.
“My personal challenge is to incorporate a great deal of detail in my work to let the viewer feel as if they can reach out and stroke the fur on an animal or the feathers on a bird, see the ripples on water, or see the grasses or trees sway in the breeze.” – Sue Swapp
Sue Swapp’s art education began with the Art Instruction School of Minneapolis. Swapp has taught pastel painting. She is a juried member of Gallery North and her work is published in the 2nd edition of the book, Artists of the West. She is continually honing her skills through workshops and classes. Her work has been juried into many shows and has won awards, but her true reward comes from being able to convey her feelings and experiences to others. Swapp is highly skilled in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor and bases her choice of medium on her subject. “I often choose oil or acrylic paint for the details of birds and animals,” explains Swapp. “And I like the transparency of acrylic or watercolor to capture the glow in floral paintings.” She adds, “For landscapes pastel is my favorite medium.”
Bernadette Crider’s adventure in clay began 42 years ago. Working with master potter, Leroy Kitzman, she gained technical advice, learned the art of Raku firing, and became aware of the spiritual component of working with clay.
“I learned that to center the clay, I must first center myself.” – Bernadette Crider
Traveling and studying in Europe filled Bernadette with inspiration. When she returned home, she apprenticed with master potter, Jay Widmer, where she learned the rhythm of the studio, the tricks of the trade, and the Japanese sensibility that the elements of the pot are a reflection of the potter and are instructive about the craftsman’s journey.
Bernadette took a break from clay to teach full-time and focus on her children. After an extended hiatus of 21 years, she reopened her Yakima, Washington studio in 2014. She has gravitated to carving into the leather-hard clay before it is fired. The process is slow, requiring more than ten hours of carving time for a large bowl or platter. She draws her design onto clay with variety of tools. Gingko leaves, a symbol of peace and calmness, are a favorite theme, as are maple leaves, and magnolia flowers. She also creates abstract textural pieces reminiscent of undulating landscapes or abstract waves. Gallery North patrons may remember Bernadette Crider — She won 1st Place in the Gallery North 2016 Small Works Show, and sold all of her pieces.