I was excited to attend the opening of the Paul Havas retrospective at MoNA on Saturday.  Some great insights presented by Kathleen Moles, MoNA’s illustrious curator, including a reference to Paul’s landscapes having a “still life” treatment. 

Indeed, as I surveyed the show, it seemed as though every bit of possible wildness in the Havas landscapes had been tightly contained, so tightly that its essence was about to burst.  It was the same feeling I get walking behind the dikes.  Holding.  Just for now.

For years I’ve been rediscovering a constant theme in my own work: the Cultivated next to Nature, The Domestic & The Wild, the human artifact juxtaposed to the landscape, our original nature and socialization, the inside and the outside.  Often overheard at the ice cream stand at Snowgoose Produce are exclamation of the beautiful and “natural” Skagit Valley.” Licking my cone, I have wondered what those Dutch immigrants might think about that, as they burned and cleared the cedar swamp that was to become Fir Island. Not that I want to rain on anybody’s Lewis & Clark experience, but it seems to me that we need to recognize the difference between an actual pristine location (very little left on earth) and the marks left by humans, and reconcile the two.  The work of the artist is often to imagine what has not been imagined before, in this case, a harmony that might include human endeavor. 

I encourage everyone to see the show at MoNA, on view through March 26th, 2017. You can see work available for sale by both Paul Havas and myself on this website under SALES GALLERY.

Gallery Cygnus is presently an on-line gallery.  After nine wonderful years in La Conner, strong winds of change made the site of 109 Commercial uninhabitable for the swan.  Where she might light again is unknown. Please visit this website often to see new and interesting work.  Please call to purchase any work you see here on the home page, or visit our Sales Gallery on the home page menu.  360-708-4787

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