Throughout September and October, the Gallery at the Park in Richland will showcase Tom Hausken and Larry Metcalf’s exhibit “Working Through It – 35 Years.” The title of the show refers to the idea that working is a constant part of an artist’s life, regardless of what life throws at them.
Metcalf, who has been a friend and mentor to Hausken for 35 years, taught him to “work no matter what the outcome” and to “hold the creative process close to one’s heart in order to nurture and maintain a right and pure aesthetic.” Hausken was impressed by his friend’s devotion to his craft and by his commitment to his students, his family and his community.
For more than four decades, Metcalf has been a member of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, a group of artists promoting excellence of design and craftsmanship. He has received the organization’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hausken studied art at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington. He has received two fellowship residencies from the Vermont Studio Center — a Clowes Fellowship in 2010 and a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship in 2016. In 2017, he was the artist in residence at the Yakima Valley Museum.
Hausken creates bold, effusive paintings that are rich in texture and layering. For this exhibit, he has returned to a saturated color palette, reflecting an optimism of an earlier time. He describes his work as “making friends with the memory, melancholy and fragility of the world we inhabit.”
Meanwhile, Metcalf has provided the three-dimensional art for the show. His pieces are based on the form of a pagoda — a place for solitude. Thepieces were made using white willow, raffia, gold leaf and felt. They are dramatic in their absence of color, with light creating shadows on the folded paper.
“Working Through It – 35 Years” will be on display at the Gallery at the Park until Oct. 26. The reception will be held on Sept. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Sept. 14, 15 and 16, Deanne Lemley will be hosting a three-day “Watercolor En-Plein-Air” workshop. The fee for the class is $420, and you can register online or at the gallery. View Deanne Lemley’s watercolor paintings at deannelemley.com.
The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.