Gallery North announces its June featured exhibit “It’s in the Details!” with painter Susan Swapp and potter Bernadette Crider. 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 is open to the public daily through June 30.
Award-winning painter Susan Swapp grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has a deep appreciation of nature and the animal life of the area. In her paintings, the artist 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. Swapp is highly skilled in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor and bases her choice of medium on her subject.
Bernadette Crider’s adventure in clay began 42 years ago, working with master potters Leroy Kitzman and Jay Widmer. After an extended hiatus of 21 years, Crider 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. The artist also creates abstract textural pieces reminiscent of undulating landscapes or abstract waves.