Seattle Metals Guild will hold an exhibition at Northwind Arts Center on May 4 - 29, 2017. Artists will use wooden pieces from the schooner Wawona in jewelry and sculptural work.
Launched in 1897, the Wawona was the largest three-masted sailing schooner ever built in North America. The ship was used to haul lumber up and down the Pacific Coast and used in the Bering Sea cod fishing trade. In 1970 the Wawona became a National Historic Site and she was the first ship in the nation to be listed on the National Register. In 2009 she was deemed too expensive to restore and was demolished.
CRAZY HAPPY: Painted Scrolls by Rikki Ducornet & Sculpture by Margie McDonald
June 29 – July 30
In her book of essays, The Deep Zoo, Rikki Ducornet wonders: What if, just as the traces of our earliest forms persist encoded in our genes, a golden age persists deep within the mind, the human mind that produces a multitude of things spontaneously? Dreamed up by McDonald and Ducornet, Crazy Happy is all about chasing after this golden age of the mind and giving free reign to the spontaneous production of a multitude of things. Animated conversation between Margie's marvelous sculptures—so beautiful, whimsical and erotic—and Ducornet's forests of painted paper scrolls, Crazy Happy is sparked as much by their friendship as by a complicitous and visually seductive reading of the world—its sympathies and mutabilities, its minerals and mysteries, its orphaned objects and eccentric biologies.
Both artists are sparked by things that are abandoned, found in junk yards, on the beach, transformed by time, by water, fire and weather—as well as diatoms and jellyfish, seedlings and meteors, rusted motors, the eyes of dragon flies, and the mountains of the moon.
June 29, 11:30 am Exhibit Opens
July 1, 5:30 to 8 pm Opening Reception during Art Walk
July 2, 1 pm Art Talk
July 30 – 5 pm Exhibit Closes
In 2012 artist John Grade constructed a nearly 64-foot high sculpture using salvaged wood from the Wawona's hull. This sculpture stands 56 feet within the atrium of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. The leftover pieces of Douglas Fir from this sculpture were given to the Seattle Metals Guild artists in a random manner. The artists were given full creative freedom and allowed to collaborate with one another.
Seattle Metals Guild is a community of jewelers, metalsmiths, artists, makers in the greater Puget Sound area. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the show.