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Past Exhibit

Essential Gestures: Becky Fletcher

March 5 – April 11

Main Gallery

Deception Pass Tree by Becky Fletcher

Opening Reception: March 5, 5-8pm

This exhibit features the bold, expressive oil paintings of Skagit Valley artist Becky Fletcher.

About "Essential Gestures"

Moving through the hourly reality of light and space I am ever astonished by the splendor in a momentary gesture of light across form. From the smallest fragment found at my feet to the whole sweep of land and sky I discover the same compelling lines, shapes and forms, the same turbulence caught in stillness. 

To these vivid moments I seek to be as true as tuned eye and hand can be. I work to discover what corresponding gestures, what brush strokes will make its rhythms and contrasts present on the canvas and reveal the relationships structuring that first intuitive glimpse. I have no other intent than to reveal and share the deep excitement I find before my eyes, and with my line trace the restlessness of being and becoming. 

With this year marking the first decade of my dedication to oils I am pleased to have the opportunity to show at the Schack.  Such an expansive space allows me to present an array of seemingly disparate subjects in a way that may reveal an underlying continuity of essential gestures.

Look Up by Becky Fletcher

About Becky Fletcher's Artistic Journey

In the beginning, I wanted to work on children's books, so I majored in illustration at the Art Institute of Boston.  But my first jobs were to design greeting cards for Rust Craft in New England and wrapping paper for Hallmark in Kansas City.  I also did free-lance graphic design.

In 1977 I came to the west coast where I discovered glass and worked with Savoy Studios out of Eureka. I moved with them when they relocated to Portland, Oregon and then continued to partner at a distance after my move to the Skagit Valley in 1984.  Through Savoy I've been commissioned to design stained glass panels on a variety of themes, from intricate Tiffany-styled landscapes for private residences, to a series of musicians, magicians and private eyes for a California chain of theme restaurants, as well as crazy stuff for Tavern on the Green and Trump's Taj Mahal.  For Denali National Park it was an Alaskan wildlife scene on 31ft of windows installed in the 1990 visitors center.  In each of these projects I used kiln-fired enamels to paint inset portraits and details.  It's been fun.

Since 2005, I continue to paint in oils and still delight to have discovered at last such a responsive and satisfying medium with which I can address the feast of form and color I find wherever I look.