by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
A story unfolds. As layers of paint and line build and transform a blank canvas, the narrative takes shape. What transforms the assemblage of mixed media: gauche, acrylic, pencil, charcoal and ink is what makes Terry Gloeckler’s work sing: emotional, mental and physical exploration of an idea, feeling, surface or material.
By never knowing where the piece will end or what will be discovered, she finds the true enjoyment of the artist: the process itself. “I found life in the studio,” Gloeckler explained.
She resisted the magnetic appeal of art at first. Gloeckler hails from a family life richly steeped in the arts; her father, a printmaker, worked daily with woodcuts and engravings, and her mother in textiles and design. “I fought that,” she said. “I went to the university and thought the one thing I would not study is art.”
Instead she entered the University of Wisconsin – Madison as a competitive gymnast and prepared for a career in science. For fun she took studio art classes and really thrived. “I found I felt so alive in those courses,” she said. She kept taking art classes along with her other course work and found she had taken so many classes she basically had a degree in art. She picked up a teaching certification and graduated with an Art Education degree.
Gloeckler began her career as an educator in Wisconsin and later decided to return to the class room for a doctorate in art education. “Again I kept taking studio courses and had a lot of encouragement to go the studio route.” She explained. “I did the course work for the graduate degree in art education… but I had basically finished my Masters in Fine Art (MFA).” When job offers started rolling in to teach at the college level she ultimately decided to forgo the doctorate and graduated with a MFA in painting and drawing.
“I love teaching children of all ages, but at the college level you are able to go so much deeper into the discipline of art,” Gloeckler explained. “When I’m working with students, even a foundation drawing class, [I feel like] the life of a drawing or the life of a painting is like life.
by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Silk painting began in China thousands of years ago with Chinese calligraphy characters carefully brushed onto silk scrolls, and over time came to be the preferred medium to depict forms of nature as well as religious and mythological characters. While artist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey often keeps to the tradition of painting scenes from nature on her silk creations, it’s the spontaneity and brilliance of color that attracts her to the art.
“Silk dye is very transparent,” Cawdrey explained. “I love to get an image of wildlife with the sky reflecting in the water, [as in the cover painting, Boo!]. It is challenging and fun.”
This is the first year Cawdrey will be participating in the Art of the West show, but her Western themed artwork is well known throughout the country. She is represented in galleries throughout her home state of Montana, and her work is regularly included in invitational art shows across the West.
“We felt that Nancy Cawdrey’s painting, with its captivating colors and relevant subject matter, would stand out on the newsstands. It just makes a great magazine cover,” commented John Furgurson of the High Desert Museum.
“I have been part of other museum shows, they play an important roll in the community,” Cawdrey said. “It’s a wonderful place to gather and look at the history of [our communities] and support artists. I’m honored to be asked to do it.”
Cawdrey and her husband chose to live at the edge of Montana’s vast wilderness over 30 years ago while they ran a wilderness boarding school. It was there she was able to cultivate her appreciation of silence and become open to nature’s influence.
“There is a serenity and pattern in nature that is wonderful to pay attention to and take in,” she said. “I love watching animals in nature; we have that in abundance.” The Cawdreys live on a slough where blue herons, eagles, sand hill cranes, killdeer and other animals regularly visit. “It is very important [to me to] draw attention to nature as an artist, this is a beautiful place.”
Boo! was devised from a series of photographs of bears in Alaska taken by Cawdrey’s friend. “I think bears are awesome subject matter,” she said. “I like [this painting’s] humor and color. There is a sense of surprise…bears do love the water. I like the whole theme of wildlife in water.”