May 3, 2016

Lamson / Jaqua Exhibition, September 2018 Northwind Arts Center

Floating Fire, Point Reyes, CA
Proposal for Exhibition of work by Gloria Lamson and Russell Jaqua (sent separately)
Northwind Arts Center, September 2018

Images, Statement & Bio for Gloria Lamson below

Smoke Rise

Marking Time

Constellation Rising


Between the Lines


Looking into the light, Port Townsend, WA

Weaving between inner and outer, Spokane, WA

Moving with what is, The Blue Rope, SE Alaska

Animus Aerie, Art Outside, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, WA

Being Here, Old Fort Townsend, WA

Being Here, Art Outside, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, WA

Here and Now, from The Island Project, SE Alaska

Mussel shells with incoming tide, from The Island Project, SE Alaska

Artist Statement:
Since 1995 I’ve used natural or simple manmade materials, to create temporary site responsive installations and interactions in nature and architectural environments. I document my process and results with still photographs. I’m drawn to interact with the tangible forces of earth, air, water, fire, light and time. As I work, my thoughts circle around metaphorical and alchemical associations stimulated by both the form and action that transpires. My art practice serves as a vehicle to integrate and reconcile the world within me with the world around me.  Seasonally, my art practice moves between creating indoor studio work and more public outdoor works with/in nature or peopled areas. My intention is to nurture experiences of wakeful awareness and personal renewal while fostering connections to the worlds within and around us.

The first six images above are from the series “Evidence of Momentary Fire”.  I associate fire with consciousness, burning for a time in a particular body then leaving this physical reality. I began working with fire as a marking agent with intention to focus attention into the present. To create these works, I laid out simple and often symbolic forms with matches, sparklers, and or gunpowder then ignited them on various surfaces. (The fire prints above were done on watercolor paper.) I’m interested in exploring ways to co-create visual poetic works with natural and human forces that shape our world.

Since 1975, Lamson’s work has been included in numerous collections, publications,  and exhibitions including the Tacoma, Bellevue and Oakland Art Museums.  She was part of the first wave of artists represented by websites that showcase international artists working with and in nature; including, Women Environmental Artists Directory (originating in USA), and (originating in Korea). She received a project grant from Artist Trust for ‘The Island Project’ in SE Alaska where she returned to work on same small, remote island over a period of 6 years.  Lamson has been awarded several artist residencies in the western US and worked with an international artist residency program near San Francisco.  She has created numerous temporary site-responsive installations for public street windows, outdoor art-parks and festivals, including numerous projects for Webster’s Woods at Port Angeles Fine Art Center, The Anacortes Arts Festival, and Bellevue City Hall.

In 1999 she received her MFA in Arts & Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University in California and in 1975 a BA from Evergreen State College with a specialization in black and white fine art photography. She is a Northwest native, glad to call Port Townsend home.

Her current work can be seen at and an archive of selected past work at

Apr 25, 2016

Changes and The What If...? Window

With the recent sale of the Tyler Street building in Uptown, my creating installations for the Window on Tyler Street has come to an end. I often thought of the space as the "What If...? window", even though I never formally named it as such.  Now I get to explore the "What if...?" I'm not creating installations for this window - what new venues might I respond to now and what other forms might my work want to take?

Many thanks and much gratitude to Peter Boeschenstein and Badd Habit for supporting my work these last 5 years!   They generously provided me with the opportunity to create numerous installations for the Port Townsend community often enabling me to collaborate with other artists.  These installations have been posted in this blog since 2010 and some can be found on my website at

Currently, along with Margaret Lindsey's wonderful painting on the wall, the window is now graced by a display for the Wearable Art Show (which will no doubt be an amazing, incredible event!).

Tyler St. Window in Uptown Port Townsend, WA (next door to the Printery)

Mar 25, 2016

"Welcome to the Plastisphere" at Northwind Arts Center

This project, made from thousands of reworked plastic bottles and mimicking post-apocalyptic sea life, is a collaboration between myself, Karen Hackenberg and Margie McDonald, and is currently installed in the exhibition "Radical Change" at Northwind Arts Center through March 28th. 

Thank you, Cheryl Stamp for this photo of the curator Dominica Lord-Wood and me at the opening.

"Welcome to the Plastisphere" has been previously installed at two different sites and can be seen below.
"Welcome to the Plastisphere" at Anacortes Art Festival, 2015.

For more information go to previous posting.

Dec 5, 2015

Glove Birds and Wings of Desire

These un-manipulated photographic images are encaustic on 8x8" panels which can be seen at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, Washington through Dec. 28

'Moving on' from Wings of Desire series
'Landing' from Wings of Desire series

I began working with white cotton gloves as a way to enter into a dialogue with nature, in particular places. This type of glove is traditionally used in handling valuable items with special care. I like the idea of applying that intention to the ground and nature surrounding me. In working with the gloves my thoughts move to multiple meanings of phrases such as “touching ground” and “a show of hands”.  I found myself imagining the fingers as feathers and so began creating bird forms on the ground.  Wanting to see these birds take flight, connecting sky to ground, I created a “glove bird” that I could travel with me to engage various environments.
The birds in these 8x8" photo encaustic panels are part of the series “Wings of Desire”.  With this series, I envision the "many hands" and or the many small actions that bring our intentions to realization.

A few other photo encaustics from this series can be seen below.
'Emerging' from Wings of Desire series

'Taking Flight' from Wings of Desire series

'Flight for freedom' from Wings of Desire series (16x12")

Sep 16, 2015

Life Stream - solo exhibition

Installation at PUB Gallery, Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA

Life Stream 

I imagine
our lives
like threads
moving through time.

Emerging at birth
from an ocean
of consciousness,
and returning again
at death.

In between
a mystery,
we call life.

In between
we dip in and out
of a larger stream,
at times
immersed, submerged,
renewed or humbled
as the current carries us along.

In between
we play with possibility
of who we are
and who we might be,
with what we’ve been given
and what we choose.

Alone and together
we weave the fabric of our lives.

Anchors serve as symbols of what helps us feel connected, grounded and centered. They link us to what we care about, and to what and where we want to return.  When life challenges us, they give us stability and sensibility.  By consciously identifying our ‘anchors’ in times of calm, it’s easier to connect with them when we’re challenged. 

Beacons serve as symbols of illumination. Their light guides us through darkness, helping us move through challenges to find our next step.

What are some of your Anchors and Beacons?

What are the anchors that ground and calm you?
What helps keep you steady? 
What are the beacons that illuminate and help clarify your direction?
What serves to move you towards your dreams, goals and intentions?

What are the relationships, activities, people, places and things that illuminate, guide and help sustain your life?  This might include family, friends, meditation, exercise, dancing, school, job, home, a certain kind of music or place in the world and more. 

 I invite people to share their responses by writing or drawing on the tags provided in the gallery then hang their tags on the nets around the frames.  

I would love to know how you relate to the idea of anchors and beacons in your life. You are welcome to leave your responses through post a comment at bottom of this page.  

8:00am - 8:00pm Monday - Friday

Aug 16, 2015

Welcome to the Plastisphere

Welcome to the Plastisphere is a collaborative project by artists Karen HackenbergMargie McDonald, and I.  It began with debris collected from Anacortes beaches and the Anacortes Arts Festival public art project called TideCraft, "turning salvaged marine debris into art".
The three of us began meeting in April to brainstorm, imagine, play, decide on a direction and begin to clean up the beach debris.  We decided early on to work with plastic bottles. For the next four months we worked alone, together and with others, cleaning, cutting, folding, drilling, stringing, imagining and reimagining.
After some of our work parties we set up little mini 'still lifes' to problem solve and envision how it might look with the 20' rebar we planned to use.
We installed at the festival on August 6th and continued cutting plastic bottles to add to the Plastisphere throughout the weekend.  
The beginning of set up and on site construction

Welcome to the Plastisphere, Anacortes Arts Festival, 2015

More images, videos (stunning in the wind!) and information about Welcome to the Plastisphere on its Facebook Page

September 26-27, 2015    
Karen, Margie and I were joined by Gary Pascoe, the environmental toxicologist to install the next incarnation of Welcome to the Plastisphere at the Surge Festival at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington. The Festival focused on artists and scientists working together to draw attention to climate change and its impact on the Northwest’s coastal communities.   

Morning meditations - On retreat in Spokane

This place of now
Puzzling (Ponderosa pine)
Coming out from under
Between many and one
This 'work' was done during a 9 day silent meditation retreat with Jason Siff in Spokane. The outside temperature varied between 70 degrees in 'cool' nights and 104 degrees. Being a Washington coastal type (our weather is often cool, grey and rainy), the heat provided another dimension to alter my perception. Camping at night, in a tent in the meadow, helped me wake with the birds and develop my own form of morning meditation. In the cool of the morning, I walked the land, engaging what was within and around me with natural materials and the cotton gloves and jigsaw puzzle pieces I brought with me. 

During the retreat, as we wove between sitting meditation and dharma talks, between being indoors and being outdoors in nature, I had many thoughts about art-working as a spiritual practice. For years this has been a recurring thread in my work and thoughts. Soon I look forward to focusing more attention in this direction. If you're interested and want me to keep you posted on developments involving my work with art and spiritual practice and/or art as a healing force. Let me know via email at  glolamson @ gmail dot com (no spaces) . (will send only rare emails.)

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