Current Art Exhibit in Heron Hall

FAUNA

Paintings and Mosaics by Stacey Schuett


On Display through August 29, 2017

Artist Statement
“I’ve always been drawn to using animals and insects as subjects, for their form and grace and contrast.  I mostly make pieces about local wildlife, creatures in our area or nearby.  Living near the diversity of the Laguna de Santa Rosa is especially fortunate for me – endless subject matter!  Life here is fully present every moment, much of it hidden and secretive, seen and unseen.  It’s easy to be aware of how many of us of different species overlap and occupy the same space.”
 
“Making my pieces on wooden rigid panels helps with the crackle process, and with the aged, sometimes ancient feel.  Building up texture and wearing it away again gives the appearance of roughening that comes with natural aging.  I use a number of different materials that often do surprising things, and I find I can’t control everything; chance insists on happening.  In the mosaics, I make the tiles myself with some aim of controlling variations of color, but the technique itself is a little awkward, given to flaws and imperfections.  I like the flaws.  They’re reminders of the beauty of the imperfect, and the fact that all of nature is a work continually in progress.  So, being reminded daily, I try to have my pieces reflect a sense of time passing, with a bit of wonder at all the mysteries involved.”

Stacey Schuett Biography
Education: BFA University of California, Davis. A.A., Fine Art, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be many things: sign painter, farmer, teacher, artist, graphic designer, author and illustrator. I’ve illustrated around 30 picture books for kids. When I was little, I knew I wanted to be an artist or a writer: somehow I wanted to tell stories. Staring out a window and making stuff up seemed to be what I was most suited for. As I remember, the big moment came one day when I was outside at an easel painting a vase of flowers. A bee circled around and landed right in the middle of the painting. It flew off, angry at the deception--but I took it as a sign. I figured that if the bee found something I’d painted that convincing, maybe I was on the right track.”

“I kept painting and drawing through high school, and wrote reams of earnest but awful poetry. Later, I lived in London with a group of musical friends, intending to do cover art for various bands. That didn’t work out, but I was luckily unemployed often enough to be able to spend days wandering museums and visiting the great architecture of the city, experiences which enhanced my love of history. When I returned to college, I worked both as a graphic designer and as a curatorial assistant in a gallery on campus. By chance, I was offered the opportunity to illustrate my first book, and fortunately many other interesting projects have followed. Most days, I still feel like the little kid I was--lucky enough to spend a lot of time staring out the window, imagining the past or the future, and trying to make what I invent look true.”

Currently showing work at:
Sebastopol Gallery, 150 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, CA
Fulton Crossing Gallery, 1200 River Road, Fulton, CA


Heron Hall Art Gallery

Reward yourself by visiting this beautiful exhibit in Heron Hall. Heron Hall is located at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road (at the corner of Occidental Rd. and Sanford Rd.), Santa Rosa, CA 95401. The Laguna Environmental Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, but because of the variety of hall uses during the week, please call ahead to make sure you can view the art (707-527-9277, x107). Another great time to view the art exhibit is during our occasional special Saturday Open Houses from 10am-3pm. They are FREE and open to the public. Details here.

Proceeds of art sales benefit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

The goal of this gallery is to exhibit multiple shows per year of nature-themed art for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Click here for an art exhibit floor plan of Heron Hall. If you are interested in exhibiting and selling your artwork in Heron Hall, please read through the parameters and fill out the brief application at the end of this document. We will contact you as soon as possible after we receive your application. If your application is accepted, we will complete an Artist Agreement similar to this SAMPLE. Thanks for your interest!

Upcoming Exhibit

"Form & Color: It's Wild Out There" Wildlife Photographs by Dave Strauss, on display September 5, 2017 through January 4, 2018. Opening reception Saturday September 16, 2017, 3:00-5:00pm.

The Laguna Foundation works to restore and conserve the Laguna de Santa Rosa,
and to inspire public appreciation for Sonoma County's Wetland of International Importance. 

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For more information, please contact:
Anita Smith, Public Education Manager and Heron Hall Manager
(707) 527-9277 x 110, anita@lagunafoundation.org