REBECCA WELTI’s new work delves beneath the ocean surface, transforming Oregon Coast red alder wood into beautifully expressive sculptural forms of ocean plankton and other marine life forms.
Living and teaching art in Alaska for many years, Welti developed a carving style and esthetic informed by Northwest Native traditions and an intimate relationship with nature. Recent experiences in Oregon and at the nearby Sitka Center for Art and Ecology have focused her artistic attention on our region’s diverse, interconnected coastal environment, particularly on how tiny, often unnoticed sea creatures can have a large impact on the more visible world around us.
Much of the new work for this show has been created specifically for the collaborative installation with Judy Vogland at Rowboat Gallery’s greatly expanded display space. This will be a unique and exciting exhibit which we are extending through August 25th.
For more information about Rebecca and her work, visit her website.
JUDY VOGLAND constructs compelling personal narratives from found objects, old photographs, and architectural artifacts. For her new show in collaboration with Rebecca Welti at Rowboat, these narratives will be cast in the context of our local landscapes and shared iconic histories; juxtaposing, both literally and figuratively, a rough and tumble relationship with our natural environment.
Although blurring the distinction between painting and sculpture, Judy’s work for this show is focused primarily on wall pieces she has designed to integrate with Rebecca’s free-standing and suspended sculptures.
Judy also has a long association with Sitka Center, teaching a popular summer workshop where students work at the beach creating “sand paintings” on canvas.
Visit Judy Vogland’s Website. And don’t miss the Oregon Public Broadcasting’s profile of Judy and her work.