She has remodeled the old warehouse into an eco-friendly sophisticated gallery. She has cleared away most of the nettles and carved out a manicured 10-acre oasis of firs, cedars and hemlocks. She has poured the cement pads.
Now, Karla Matzke is ready for her first sculpture show.
The grand opening for “Glass, Metal and Stone” starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Matzke Fine Art, 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island. The show continues weekends all summer. For more information or directions go to www.matzkefineart.com.
The grand opening includes music and showcases some of the area’s leading glass artists, several who were instructors from the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School. The artists include Edward Schmid, Merrilee Moore, Chuck Lopez, Paul Larned, Pike Powers, Pat Bako and Hiroshi Yamano. Matzke’s glorious grounds will also be home to many outdoor sculptures done in steel, bronze and stone along with a water feature by Mark Lowe.
Matzke herself is an accomplished painter and sculptor and was Arts Council of Snohomish County Artist of the Year in 1999. Her gallery was recently renovated and opened to the public at this year’s Mother’s Day Camano Island Studio Tour.