Secret Garden

Secret Garden features the work of six West Coast artists exploring the mystery and magic of the natural world. For some, nature is a respite from life’s insistent noise, and for others, it holds mystical power and allure in which they feel most comfortable in their own skin. The artists also point to our disappointing negligence of our fellow earth inhabitants. Through the show’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and textile pieces, personal and communal relationships with nature are shared in honor of its incredible power and intelligence.  

Exhibiting artists include Maija Fiebig, Kendra Larson, Robin McCauley, Brooks Shane Salzwedel, Martha Shade, and Wesley Younie.

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About the artists:

Seattle-based Maija Fiebig is known for her intricate paintings of abstracted plant forms and patterns. She recently expanded her work to include yarn sculptures and complex, embroidered textile pieces with sequin and beaded detailing that echo the complexity and intensity of her paintings.

Kendra Larson engages historical depictions of landscape with insinuations of environmentalism and a contemporary relationship to nature. Lush and magical landscapes are portrayed as if there has never been human intervention and the inherent intelligence of the natural world reigns supreme. Her paintings and ceramics are also influenced by folklore, magical realism, feminism, and awe of nature.

Robin McCauley’s realistic graphite drawings of animals and crows spotlight the intelligence and grace of her majestic subjects.

Created through a unique process of layering acrylics, resin, and wax, the mixed media works of Brooks Shane Salzwedel focus on natural and unnatural landscapes to evoke feelings of both familiarity and dislocation. His imagery juxtaposes recognized terrains with unexpected interruptions that challenge our understanding of place. 

Through her embroidery and woven work, Martha Shade explores tales of mythology and warnings of humans’ lax stewardship of the animal kingdom.

Deeply influenced by the traditions of chinoiserie, Rococo design, fairy tales, cartoons, and natural history, Wesley Younie creates nature-based paintings that explore links between the ancient and modern, organic and human-made. His work addresses the loss of reverence for nature as it is increasingly eclipsed by rampant over-development and inauthentic simulacrum.

 

Maija Fiebig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
Sangavi, 2024
Acrylic on wood panel
42” x 60” 

Maija Feibig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
The Oregon Coast, 2024
Acrylic on panel
12” x 9”

Maija Feibig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
Springtime Can Kill You, 2024
Acrylic on panel
12” x 9”

 

Maija Feibig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
Sisters, 2024
Acrylic on panel
10” x 8”

Maija Feibig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
Cloud Mountain 2024
Acrylic on panel
16” x 14”

Maija Feibig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
Desert Priestess, 2024
Acrylic on panel
14” x 11”

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie 
Wood Duck, 2024 
Acrylic on wood panel  
6” x 6″ 

Kendra Larson AMcE Creative Arts

Kendra Larson
Chatter, 2024
Acrylic on canvas
48” x 36”

Brooks Salzwedel AMcE Creative Arts

Brooks Shane Salzwedel
Seven Sails, 2022
Graphite, colored pencil, inkjet, mylar, resin, panel
24″ x 18″

Brooks Salzwedel AMcE Creative Arts

Brooks Shane Salzwedel
Maroon Bells, 2021
Graphite, ink, colored pencil, mylar, resin, wood panel
24″ x 18″

 

 

Kendra Larson AMcE Creative Arts

Kendra Larson
Dandelion Puff, 2024
Ceramics and acrylic paint
13 ½” x 8”

Kendra Larson AMcE Creative Arts

Kendra Larson
Secret Garden
, 2024
Ceramics and acrylic paint
12 ½” x 7”

Kendra Larson AMcE Creative Arts

Kendra Larson
Dandelion Song, 2024
Ceramics and acrylic paint
16” x 5”

Kendra Larson AMcE Creative Arts

Kendra Larson
Wilt, 2024
Ceramics and acrylic paint
21” x 12.9”

Brooks Salzwedel AMcE Creative Arts

Brooks Shane Salzwedel
Bridges Weeds, 2015
Graphite with mixed media
16” x 12”

 

Brooks Salzwedel AMcE Creative Arts

Brooks Shane Salzwedel
Deconstruction, 2016
Graphite, acrylic, collage, with mixed media,
24” x 18”

 

Robin McCauley AMcE Creative Arts

Robin McCauley 
Small Crow Feather I, 2024
Colored pencil on board
20″ x 8″ unframed

Robin McCauley AMcE Creative Arts

Robin McCauley 
Small Crow Feather II, 2024
Colored pencil on board
20″ x 8″ unframed

Robin McCauley AMcE Creative Arts

Robin McCauley
Crow2023
Colored pencil on board
19 5/8” x 27 ½”

 

Robin McCauley AMcE Creative Arts

Robin McCauley
Crow Feather, 2023
Colored pencil on board
40” x 32”

 

Robin McCauley AMcE Creative Arts

Robin McCauley 
Match2024
Colored pencil on board
40” x 10 ¼” unframed

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie
Dark Garden, 2024   
Acrylic on wood panel  
7” x 5″

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie
Eden, 2024 
Acrylic on wood panel  
6″ x 6″

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie
Puffer, 2024 
Acrylic and Gold leaf on Wood panel
8” x 10″

Martha Shade AMcE Creative Arts

Martha Shade
The Vanishing Kingdom, 2018
15” x 24”
Hand-stitched cotton thread on fabric

Maija Feibig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
The Lovers, 2024
Sequins, fabric, and thread
22” x 18”

Maija Fiebig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
This Must Be the Place, 2024
Acrylic on wood panel
26” x 36”

Maija Feibig AMcE Creative Arts

Maija Fiebig
Ghost Garden, 2024
Acrylic on panel
24” x 20”

Martha Shade AMcE Creative Arts

Martha Shade
Tyche And Her Wheel, 2017
Hand-stitched cotton thread on linen
9 ½ ” x 11 ½”

Robin McCauley AMcE Creative Arts

Robin McCauley 
Landing Crow, 2022
Colored pencil on board
32” x 40” unframed

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie
Puffin, 2024 
Acrylic on wood panel  
8” x 8″

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie
Toucan, 2024 
Acrylic on wood panel  
8” x 8″

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie
Pleasure Garden, 2024 
Acrylic on wood panel  
12” x 9”

Wesley Younie AMcE Creative Arts

Wesley Younie
Bison, 2024 
Acrylic on wood panel  
7” x 5″