Visual Art

Matthew Wenz
Fiona McGuigan
Maria Cristalli
Linda Davidson
Peter Scherrer
Alice Wheeler
Dianne Kornberg
Debra Davis
Cathy Cook


GRAPHIC ART, CREATIVE DESIGN: Wenz Crrsm2012-smleative was founded by artist/ designer Matthew Wenz. Mathew moved to Cle Elum in 2009 after working and living in Seattle since 2000. His work is characterized with a style that evokes playfulness and sense of humor balanced with earnestness. He conveys meanings and messages in his art using simple design elements with subtle details to create unique graphics that tell stories.
Designing is like problem solving; Matthew conceptualizes design solutions specifically to portray the desires and needs of every client and project. matthew-wenz-sml
He is influenced by the cultural, social and natural environment from history to speculations of the future. Matthew finds inspiration and beauty in all his surroundings, wherever that place may be.

Fiona McGuigan was born of Scottish parents, raised in Switzerland, and trained in the Netherlands. She now resides in Seattle. In addition to her work as a painter, she is also the co-creator of the Duwamish Artist Residency.

McGuigan_1“As a studio artist I use repetition and memorization as part of my painting process. It’s how I explore and understand my subject matter and how I work through representation towards abstraction. My inspiration comes from the simple act of repetition. I push hard through the process, willing to fail repeatedly, just to create something that I could never have imagined.”

treadle-hammer1Maria Cristalli gets inspired by working at the forge. She loves the material, the process, and the experimentation that can be done with fire, hammer and anvil. Her work has been displayed in museums and galleries including the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, has been featured on HGTV’s program, ‘Modern Masters’, and will soon be aired on ‘Handcrafted America’ on the INSP channel.

She will talk about the process of forging and show pictures of her architectural and sculptural work over the years.

Photo by Monica J. Frisell

Linda Davidson Studio webLinda Davidson is an artist who has resided in Seattle for the past 20 years. Using drawing   and painting media, her work traverses style, media and genre to explore the ways that one image can effect the experience of another, and the idea that what and how we see is governed by what and how we’ve seen before.

Peter Scherrer is a contemporary artist working primarily in painting. His work approaches the subject of nature and landscape in a unique way and incorporates symbolism, layering, and a variety of techniques. He is from the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Bellingham WA. He often draws inspiration from hiking and road tripping around WA. He has shown Pocketknife, Peter Scherrerhis work throughout the United States and can currently be viewed at the Sea-Tac International Airport or at Season Gallery in Seattle WA.


Alice Wheeler’s portraits and photo essays have been exhibited around the United States at museums such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Experience Music Project, Henry Art Gallery, the George Eastman House, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She is perhaps best known for her documentation of the Pacific Northwest music scene including Nirvana, Grunge and Riot Grrl, but plenty of other subjects are caught by her lens.

Dianne Kornberg  is a photographer, digital print maker and more. She will talk and show some of her collaborative work with poets, particularly Madonna Comix. Come see not just the work itself, but how her multimedia images were developed, the way in which  visual and verbal, poems and images, refer to more, and how virtual collaboration can work.

Deb Davis will be reading an essay, “Wonder as a Survival Skill.”

Deb grew up in a family of farmers and loggers in southwest Washington and began working seasonally for the Forest Service in 1980. She joined the trail crew at the Cle Elum Ranger District in 1991. Deb earned a Master’s in painting and drawing from CWU in 1993 and spent the next ten years teaching and exhibiting art around the Northwest.

Deb’s past 23 seasons have been devoted to trail work around the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Her creative work explores images and stories about natural history, art and life. Currently, she is working on a series of illustrated essays.

Cathy Cook, a Roslyn visual artist, will guide us through the life and work of Emily Carr, a painter and writer who chronicled life in British Columbia from the late 1890s until the mid-twentieth century. Inspired by the landscape, Carr sketched and painted in the native villages on the NW coast and she wrote about these experiences in Klee Wyck.