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Featured Artists of the Month
Each month or so we feature one or more artists picked at random..

Remembering Rick Klauber   Website

Remembering and honoring our friend and fellow Skagit Artist, Rick Klauber, who passed away a few days ago. He practiced suseiki, the little-known art of creating bases to display stones in their natural form for viewing nature in miniature. Rick’s work will be showing at the River Gallery, opening September 15th. Please enjoy this taste of Rick’s life work. Find more photos at Klauber Viewing Stone Art on Facebook.

Listen to this great interview Rick recently gave on KSVR, explaining his art: https://soundcloud.com/ksvrfm/06-18-2018-rick-klauber-stone

 We are so saddened by the loss of fellow artist Rick Klauber that words cannot describe how we feel.  In the relatively short time we were together, we were able to get to know Rick well enough that he became a dear friend—a friend who is going to truly be missed.  Rick brought such a passion to his art that it was impossible not to be swept up in his love for this unique and significant form.  He was a man on a mission: to educate American artists and art lovers about how to appreciate the ancient Asian art of Viewing Stones.  He was quick to point out the similarities and differences with his art and Japanese suiseki.  In a time when we Americans are becoming more urbanized and distanced from the natural world, Rick’s art was a way to bring nature into the home and to provide a way for us to re-establish a personal connection with it.  Rick was doubly connected to nature, first through the actual collecting of the stones, and secondly, by linking it to our human realm through the crafting of his beautifully made wooden bases.  Rick will most definitely be missed by friends and family because of the unique person that he was. However, the art world will additionally miss him because a true missionary and educator in the art of Viewing Stones is no longer able to preach the message of this special and wonderful art form.

Gary & Leigh Giovane

Past Featured Artists Include:

Sheila Johnson, Melanie Dugan, Linde Husk, Sarah Dalton, Amanda Martin, Sandra Glen, Jill Whitmore, Carol Evans, Maria Wickwire, Jo Jones, Linde Husk, Denise Jackson, Ron King, Birgit LaFace, Maria Wickwire, Neil Wesche, Andy Porter, Cynthia Richardson, Marie-Claire Dole, Maggi Mason, Gene Jaress, Annette Tamm, Nancy Vogel, Liane Redpath, Dee Doyle, Kathleen Ritz, Caroline Garland, Phoenix Rising, John Parks, Athena Hornsby, Karla Rae Matista, Joanne Ossewarde, Jane Penman, Susan Lenarz, Terry MacDonald, John Sedgwick, Tom Pickett, Thais Armstrong, Barbara Silverman Summers, Lin McJunkin, Dinah Snipes Steveni, Christie Houston, John McClain, Susan Lenarz, Andi Shannon, Sukey Jacobsen, Kathy Huckleberry, Robert-Gigliotti, Steve Philbrick, Theodora Jonsson, Catherine Kerwick, Katherine Lewis, and Mary Quintrall.