“Terra Firma, Flora, and Fauna”
Art Show featuring Lynn Woolson, Mary Ann Duffy, and Beverly Nash
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5 PM to 8 PM
A resident of Walla Walla for 6 years, Lynn started her career in Colorado as a photographer and weaver. Today her art is a fusion of ceramics, raku fired clay and metal. She loves creating pieces that stand out in a garden, pieces that often move in the wind and provide a splash of color to the miracle of Spring. Inspiration comes to her in many ways: Mother Nature, architecture, a rusty piece of metal from a former life. Raku clay is her most passionate ceramic medium. There is always an element of surprise and the unexpected. By putting together the two elements of metal and clay, she finds endless exploration and possibilities from their intersection. Her garden art reflects the seasons and is meant to become a part of the surrounding environment.
Mary Ann was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Her first clay projects were made with clay dug at the shores of the Potomac River at the age of five. After receiving a liberal arts degree in Religious Studies and engaging in three years of clay and drawing classes, she moved to Montana and earned a Master's in Speech Language Pathology. After the birth of her first child and volunteering for 17 years in the local Walla Walla schools, where she brought clay and other art projects to elementary school classrooms, she began to focus on her own art. Mary Ann says she intrinsically loves working with clay. Her greatest joy is the evolution of a new project. After a trip to Japan 8 1/2 years ago, she felt compelled to find a way to engage once again in making pottery after an almost 25-year hiatus. She gravitates to making cups for many reasons, but especially loves its potential for daily use.
Bev’s artistic journey began in Anchorage, Alaska when she took pottery lessons from Julie Moore Matthews who, as it turns out, grew up in Walla Walla. Bev’s artistic style is heavily influenced by living in Alaska for 32 years. Bev says that the long, cold, dark winters in Alaska made her creativity flow. She focused on colorful, funky, and one of a kind garden art featuring fish and raven sculptures, octopus and crab planters, garden fairies and mermaids. When she moved here in 2012, she incorporated Mill Creek blue herons, kingfishers, owls, and pelicans in her clay inspirations. During this long, cold, dark winter in Walla Walla, Bev and Lynn Woolson joined Lynn’s welding expertise and Bev’s funky creative abilities to create art for gardens in the valley and beyond.