July 2013


Hassler_FillTheHolesWithTrustAndPatienceKathy Haydon and Trisha Hassler


Jul 3, 2013 – Jul 28, 2013

Preview Reception: July 3rd, 5-8 pm
First Thursday Reception, July 4, 6-9pm
Artist’s Talk, July 21st, 11am



At Waterstone Gallery in July, in their exhibition Contrapunto, two accomplished Portland mixed media artists working in fiber, paint, steel and paper engage in a conversation of method and motivation.

The abstract paintings of Kathy Haydon capture and celebrate the colors and broken textures of aging surfaces and walls. She writes, “I love the implied history and rich textural qualities I find in the world about me. My inspiration for a particular work may come from any one of a wide range of places — ancient ruins, battered industrial sites, weathering rural structures, graffiti walls, worn pavement, or sometimes, such unglamorous places as rusty junk heaps.” She focuses on revealing the hidden beauty she finds within. As in poetry, there are many layers of meaning awaiting the viewer’s discovery.

Haydon has developed a technique using a combination of marble dust and contemporary media to build her beautifully textured surfaces. Work is done on wood panels or paper supports and layers are created using both additive and subtractive processes. Her work is included in private collections across the nation.

Since childhood, Trisha Hassler has stitched, cut and reassembled everything that would hold still:  clothing, baby quilts, costumes, pillows – even a sofa.  After many traditional quilts, she became fascinated with construction techniques, improvisational quilting and incorporating alternative materials into her artwork.  The evolution of Trisha’s fiber pieces has continued through personal experimentation, and the study of metal working with a sculptor friend.  Many of the materials she incorporates are recycled or reclaimed, adding history and texture to her work.

Since 2000, Trisha’s artwork has been exhibited in juried shows, galleries and museums worldwide. She has also served on committees and boards with the commitment to raising appreciation of original artwork in her community.