For the month of January, featured artists Meg Kaczyk (paintings), and Tom Stewart (hand drums) celebrate the strength and beauty of trees.
Meg Kaczyk is unveiling new large paintings in a series that pays homage to the NW native tree, Pacific Madrona. She says, “I love how the presence of madrone tells me I am home: the main route into Port Townsend itself is lined with beautiful specimens arching over the roadway. There is beauty and magic in their color palette, their sensuous curves, the variety of smooth and rough barks, the vibrant peeling, layers revealing growth. Madrone trees are full of grace and quiet power.”
Of her latest work, Meg says, “Painting allows me to learn the form of a thing, and so I will explore this subject over and over again, and that lets me really feel its presence.”
Meg joined Gallery 9 in 2016, and also teaches at Port Townsend School of the Arts, where she’ll be offering four different classes during the winter term, focussing on the creative process.
Tom Stewart has been making Joyful Vibration hand drums, Zen Gardens, yoga block props and Yin Yang hanging art at Gallery 9 since the gallery’s inception. Tom says, “I see my craft as functional artwork that is good for the soul.”
Tom is proud to have completed 195 drums, and is still going strong. His most current creation is a drum that is crafted with a finish layer of American red gum – the first time Tom has worked with this wood; and the drum stands 24 inches high with a 13-inch diameter goat hide head. The tone is a rich deep bass, with excellent tone and rim sounds and sharp slaps. Come on by during Gallery Walk and experience Tom Stewart’s craftsmanship for yourself, drop in drummers are welcome and encouraged.
Join Meg Kaczyk and Tom Stewart in discussing their art during Gallery Walk, Saturday, January 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Gallery 9, 1012 Water Street, in Port Townsend. Gallery 9 is open from 11-5 Tuesday through Sunday, and from 1-4 on Mondays. See gallery-9.com or call 360-379-8881 for more information.