The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum is presenting work by Dawn Rieck from Monday, Aug. 8 through Tuesday, Sept. 13. The exhibit is called “Journey: Clay to Fiber” and explores her journey from a clay artist to a fiber artist.
Rieck was raised in a variety of locales throughout Washington State and had opportunities to explore and walk the beaches, or sit, surrounded by the color of water, sun and rocks.
Creating art has always been important to her. Her grandmother taught her to sew and create with fabric from a very early age and she showed her first painting at 11. Rieck graduated from Edmonds High School and attended Everett Community College, focusing on art classes. After marrying, she and her husband ventured from Florida to California and Hawaii, and then to Texas, where she began studying pottery and taught herself to weave. Returning to Edmonds, now with two daughters, she set up a studio to continuing pottery, weaving, and beading, exploring and mixing things.
The landscape and architecture has influenced her clay work. She takes the clay or color from the earth and communicates a bit of nature, a moment in time, an emotion. Making art with fabric begins with an exploration of color and the softness of fabric, which is then influenced by our weather and landscape and experiences.
An artist reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Third Thursday Artwalk Aug. 18. All are invited to experience the work and talk with Rieck about her process.
The EAF Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It is located at the 700 Main St. entrance to the Frances Anderson Center. For information, call 425-771-1984.