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May—Nancy Becker & Susan Luckey Higdon

May 3 at 3:00 pm - June 4 at 2:00 pm

Seasonal Confusion, Susan Luckey Higdon; Ripples Quietly, Nancy Becker



New hand-blown glass & landscape paintings



Opening May 3, from 3-7pm during the Old Mill Districts First Friday Gallery Walk,  Tumalo Art Co. presents Stillness. The exhibit combines the glowing transparency of hand-blown glass by Nancy Becker with poetic landscapes by Susan Luckey Higdon.


Huckleberry Mist—Susan Luckey Higdon


With a similar sensibility for color and a shared awe of what is communicated by nature, glass artist Nancy Becker and painter Susan Luckey Higdon enjoy seeing their work displayed together. Designing the gallery’s exhibit space with 2D and 3D pieces leads to a stunning synchronicity as the artworks ‘speak’ to each other. Experiencing Susan’s images from her time in the high Cascades and Nancy’s fluid use of color and shape in her glass blowing is a visual feast. Natures hush and deep stillness has inspired this art.


Stillness Before the Storm — Nancy Becker


“Making glass has been integral to my life forever, or so it seems! I live and work on my land in rural Oregon with a crew of horses, dogs, cats and donkeys all who have been through a lot in their lives. I see the spirit of these animals, the land that surrounds me—the colors, the light, the storms, the peace, and my work is infused with these inspirations. Glass is a fascinating medium. It is fluid even when hardened. This particular body of work was made through difficulty as I have been without a work space and needed to travel to a ‘hot shop’. Through that process my connection was rekindled. There are always gifts with difficulty. Experiencing the incredible relationship between glass and fire I am once again drawn into all of the fluid possibilities.”
             —Nancy Becker


A Kind of Hush—Susan Luckey Higdon

“This new body of work comes out of a summer and fall of exploring mountain lakes, creeks and rivers near my home. Camping allowed me to contemplate spots again and again in different light and weather,leading to deep connection and moments of awe. Sifting through sketches and photos, and deciding which compositions called me the most, I began the process of bringing these moments in time to life in the studio. Color, light, texture, shapes…I am drawn to complex interactions and want to communicate what I see in a way that captures the spirit of the place, showing accurate mood and detail, but working toward simplicity. All of these paintings challenged me. But in pushing through there is a sense of arrival. Like seeing a dear friend.”
          —Susan Luckey Higdon

Hand-blown glass vessel with nature colors
Nancy Becker used gently swirling colors of nature for this tear-drop shaped vessel, Painted by the Wind.


Join us during the First Friday Gallery Walk and throughout the month to absorb this exhibit. Enjoy great wine from Evoke and Va Piano, yummy food, and interesting conversation.


Listen, by Susan Luckey Higdon


Our galleries in the Old Mill District — Lubbesmeyers Studio & Gallery, Stacks Studios & Gallery (just upstairs), and Amejko (in the little red house) along with Tumalo Art Co. are the hub, and various stores host artists for the First Friday Gallery Walk every month. Stop by—we have flyers and can direct you.


May 3 at 3:00 pm
June 4 at 2:00 pm