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Artist Spotlight: Rich Hestekind


After two and half decades of membership in the NWSSA I thought I would share a few observations and thoughts on who we are and what we do.

In the spring of 1991, while working on a design project in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle, I ran into an old friend and mentor, Everett Dupen. He was the former head of the sculpture department at the University of Washington where I received both my BFA and MFA. He excitedly expressed his enthusiasm in meeting a group of stone sculptors and encouraged me to attend a symposium they were having in early summer at a place called Camp Brotherhood. Stone was always my preferred medium for personal expressive sculpture. At the time and for the past number of years my energy had been focused on social and environmental art. The return to personal expression and the visceral allure of stone propelled me to attend.

Arriving, I absorbed what was happening in this extraordinary environment. I experienced a transformation. The feel of community was immediate and warmly embracing. Full supportive resources of material, tools, and instruction was there to receive. Each participant was subtracting chip by chip, layer by layer their vision embedded in the stone they now embraced.

The fountain that Rich designed and created in the Magnolia Courtyard of the Bardessono HotelHow and why? This was not some militarized artisanal boot camp nor was it some hierarchical art academy with its cannons of performance and its standards for righteous achievement. This seemed to be a focused community thriving in a nurturing supportive setting. The participants, regardless of experience or recognized achievement, seemed to be flourishing in each other’s company. It was amazing. I had stumbled into an experience of such deep and resonant personal value, a culture of trust and sharing. I needed to embrace and commit myself to this community like so many others have done.

I came to know the vision and goals of the core establishing members: Vic Picou, George Pratt, Meg Pettibone, Tamara Buchanan and others.

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Alabaster and Light by Marie Sivak

Excerpts from her interview with writer Nikki Grattan published online by San Francisco based In The Make

We visited Marie in her bright and airy Portland studio in an industrial area right near the Willamette RiverOne of Marie’s main preoccupations in her work is the exploration of the complex and elusive world of memory Using a variety of materials besides stone, she creates mixed media pieces that bring both personal and collective memory and meaning to the forefront to provoke a collision of time, emotions, and space.

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Artist Spotlight: Lane Tompkins 2014

Meet Lane Tompkins Again, After 5 Years

Who are you?Lane Tompkins

I am the same Lane Tompkins that was in the Artist Spotlight in the January/February, 2009 issue. That time I answered this question with a short, pre NWSSA bio ending with the fact that I was in the process of moving to Whidbey Island. I made that move and continue to live in Langley and am one of a dozen artists working at the Freeland Art Studios, just up the road from Langley.

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Artist Spotlight: Meet Dale Enochs

MANDALA, 4’ 2” X 34” X 32”, limestone, bronze

Dale Enochs

My name is Dale Enochs, I live in Bloomington Indiana in the heart of Indiana Limestone Country. This area is the source of the stone used in building the Empire State Building, the Federal Triangle and many courthouses throughout the US and elsewhere.

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Artist Spotlight - Patty McPhee

Meet Patty McPhee  Patty McPhee

SNW: Please introduce yourself.
I am Patty McPhee, a Tacoma based artist and poet and a long time member of NWSSA and past Board member.

SNW: What is your life history as it relates to being an artist?
I found my medium fairly late in life. I had always known that I was an artist but it was not till I was forty that I realized that I am a sculptor. My husband gave me my choice of classes at the Kirkland Art Center and the only one that fit my schedule and looked interesting was a life model class taught by Janet Brown. We worked in clay and I fell in love with everything about sculpture.

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Artist Spotlight: Meet Pat Barton

Hi, Pat. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?Pat Barton

I lived and grew up on a dairy farm in South Prairie, Washington, not far from Buckley, or Enumclaw. My mother, sister and I took care of 60 milk cows. My father commuted to and worked in Seattle, he worked on the farm on weekends. We had 140 acres of pastures and timber. I spent many hours exploring the forested areas where I lived. In junior high school I went to the old Wilkeson School, which is made from Wilkeson sandstone. I even visited, with my mother, the sandstone quarry when it was working. The hoists up the hill, the huge gang saw, and the workers in the sheds are things that I still remember.

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