2021 Artist Talk Series
Each month this summer, Alchemy is pairing one of our visiting artists in residence with a local artist to present and discuss their work. We have chosen artists whose works complements each other, and look forward to seeing how they resonate. These talks will be held in our well-ventilated events dome, and will be featured on a different Friday each month.
Katy Collier and Laura Bauer
Friday, June 11th
Katy Collier works in multiple disciplines including printmaking, drawing, quilting, and text. Her richly layered compositions are visually stunning testaments to workmanship and craft, to major themes running through her work. Katy is based in Greensboro, NC where she also teaches at Guilford College. She will be living and working at Alchemy Art Center for the month of June- check out our class page for information on her workshop!
Laura Bauer is a mixed media artist based on San Juan Island. Working primarily in encaustics, Laura is always pushing the boundaries of painting as a medium, even crossing into sculpture. Her works buzz with a playful energy that can belie the laborious processes through which they are created.
Amy Simons and Joe Miller
Friday, July 9th
Amy Simons is an American artist who has lived in the Midwest, Northwest, and now the Southwest. Her current research explores monotypes on handmade paper, often incorporating textiles as physical components, inky ghosts or deep embossments. Amy holds a BFA in ceramics from the University of Washington and is currently a graduate student in printmaking at Arizona State University. She will be living and working at Alchemy Art Center for the month of July- check out our class page for information on her workshop!
Joe Miller is an abstract painter based on San Juan Island. His shimmering compositions are sublime studies in pattern and color, informed and inspired by his natural surroundings.
"I bring the desert with me from the first half of my life as an artist,and mix it with the glacial erratics and forests here on the island. Out of this brew abstractions rise and I lay them down on the canvasses I craft for their support."
Katey Rissi and Danielle Dean
Friday, August 6th
Katey Rissi is an artist, educator, medicine maker, and activist. Her art making practice is interdisciplinary and shifts between printmaking, illustration, collage, natural sculpture, textiles, and photography. Themes present in her work include ancestral skills, ecology, environmental grief, ancestor work, unsettling/ decolonization, and what it means to be connected to community and place.
Rissi holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University with a focus in Photography and Printmaking. She will be living and working at Alchemy Art Center for the month of August- check out our class page for information on her workshop!
Danielle Dean is an artist, educator, and curator based on San Juan Island. She received an MFA in photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work is included in public and private collections throughout the country.
“I want my work to inhabit the threshold between vastness and intimacy. I am interested in working with the dimensional space of photography in new ways by combining traditional photographic techniques with painting, printmaking, and small sculptures. My images begin with black and white film exposed through antiquated lenses. The old optics allow the light and atmosphere to impress themselves on the silver of the film. With the steel and lead sculptures, I am working in collaboration with the sea and earth of the island to patina the objects. The work is about light, the elements, the alchemy of nature and chance.”