The Gallery at Sun Mountain Lodge tantalizes with an eclectic mix of styles, subjects and mediums this summer. There’s everything from local favorite Steve Ward’s contemporary industrial masterpieces to the softly bucolic yet vibrant paintings of newcomer Michael Kirshner. So head up to Sun Mountain Lodge for more than just the primo nature experience…get some culture too!
Along with Ward and Kirshner, curators Donna Keyser and Laura Karcher present the work of Mazama artist Ed McCarthy, Seattle artist Tony Case and renowned local artist Rod Weagant.
Tony Case loves the outdoors and family and admits to being a ‘recovering architect’. After a years of filling sketchbooks with his mountain adventures, he has returned to painting the Northwest landscapes that inspire him. His paintings reflect a recent 3-month excursion in the Eastern Cascades and Sierras. Case states about painting, “there’s so much to learn, and at the same time, so much to tell. I create works that invite the viewer into the scene, as a means of sharing the beauty and joy that I find in these places”.
(Left, Ed McCarthy’s Emerging Bud.)
Michael Kirshner is a self-taught painter who returned to art after thirty years as a dentist, technology consultant, entrepreneur, and college professor. Born in Oregon, he’s lived most of his life on the West Coast. He’s avidly explored hiking, camping and fly-fishing along with his passion for painting landscapes. Kirshner states, “I experience nature through the lens of place. When I paint, I move into the landscape: I reenter a place that resonates and vibrates within me”.
Ed McCarthy is a relative newcomer to the art world but his skills, vision and recognition are already substantial. He brings an engineer’s precision to his fabulous sculptures. In The Gallery you’ll find a wall mounted piece that’s bold and fluid. He has been carefully refining his steel work for the past six years and says he is now to the point of understanding the metal’s full potential as an art material.
(Left, Michael Kirshner’s Morning Haze.)
Curator Donna Keyser has several of her large paintings on view at Sun Mountain Lodge and has more work at her Gallery, “D*sign”, on Glover Street in Twisp. Co-curator Laura Karcher also has a studio at TwispWorks in Twisp where she shows her beautiful woodwork and is developing a paper-making workshop. The Valley is full of art opportunities.
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