“People no longer get enough outdoor time, so they’re lacking that calming and healing that just looking at a piece of art gives them. I think it’s important that we have this show, because people really feel better after they’ve walked through a show like this and they see some very beautiful scenery and calming images. We don’t have images in the show that are disturbing.”
The Quarry Hill show started 13 years ago when a bunch of artists needed a place to showcase their work. They also wanted to give back to Quarry Hill for providing such inspiration year after year.
The show is always limited to 10 artists, and all 10 are nature-based creators. This year’s roster will feature landscape paintings, wild bird illustrations, turned wood bowls, stoneware pottery, wildlife photographs, metal sculptures of flowers and dragonflies, stained glass, and painted stones. One photographer has visited all seven continents; this year she’ll have photos from her journey to the antarctic.
Pieces range in price from $3 or $4 to a couple thousand.
“If you forget your wallet, we take plastic,” reminds Hokanson, though she quickly pointed out that the show is free and patrons are welcome to just admire the works, too.
The show will run on both Saturday and Sunday of this week – head to Quarry Hill’s website, www.qhnc.org/event-detail/283, for a full schedule.