‘Precision and Symmetry’ features art by scientists

Stop by the Allied Arts Gallery at the Park in Richland during February to see Tracy Horner’s and Jane Holly Estrada’s beautiful exhibition exploring themes of precision and symmetry. Horner has provided the two-dimensional images, while the three-dimensional art was supplied by Estrada.

Tracy Horner has been creating her own designs and patterns since she was young, and her company, Ink Circles, has been providing crossstitchers with unique embroidery patterns for 12 years. The inspiration for her artwork comes from the details and patterns that emerge when a shape is rotated or mirrored.

Horner even appreciates the slight wobbles and imperfections inevitable with freehand drawing, as they are a direct contrast to the automated drafting products she handles as an electrical engineer. These little imperfections keep the works comfortably human and give them a look of spontaneity. Horner’s featured wall art comprises intricate mandalas and Celtic knots. For more information, visit TracyHorner.com.

Jane Holly Estrada’s artwork includes beautiful handmade porcelain and gemstone jewelry and housewares. Like Horner, Estrada works in the sciences (as a radiochemist) and has an eye for detail. She is influenced by the ephemeral and temporal. Her process involves capturing a fleeting moment of time and using art to transform it into a state of permanence.

Estrada’s unique approach is evident in her work: her pieces take inspiration from the leaves of trees, particularly in autumn after they have fallen. She also uses colors found in nature, such as green from the forest and blue from the river, to create an impression of the natural world. Check out her ceramic jewelry business at Etsy.com/shop/JaneHollyDesigns.

Tracy Horner and Jane Holly Estrada’s exhibit will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from Jan. 30 to Feb. 23. The reception will be held on Feb. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Adult workshops

On Feb. 17 from noon to 3 p.m., Carol Betker will hold a workshop on oil and acrylic painting. Participants will learn an easy approach to a loose style of painting with pure color. The fee for the class is $50 for Allied Arts members and $55 for nonmembers. Stop by the gallery for a supply list.

Lisa Day will hold a two-day mosaic design class on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. The fee is $80 for members and $85 for nonmembers, plus $5 extra for a bowling ball. Day will provide most of the necessary supplies, so the supply list is short.

The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays at 89 Lee Boulevard near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland. Visit online at galleryatthepark.org.

View the archived February 2018 issue of The Entertainer

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I am a Seattle University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. In 2016, I worked as a publications intern for the Seattle International Film Festival, where I wrote film descriptions that appeared on the SIFF website and in the catalog handed out at the Festival. Currently, I write monthly articles about the Gallery at the Park in The Entertainer, an entertainment newspaper for the Mid-Columbia area. I am also a freelance web designer with experience in HTML and CSS coding and in graphic design.