This summer, Sydni Sterling opened her studio during the annual Indianola Days Festival, and I was fortunate to show my new work in her beautiful garden courtyard. Sterling Studio has been on the roster of the Art in the Woods studio tour that takes place in North Kitsap each November, and this is where Sydni sells her contemporary and expressive paintings, prints and jewelry (www.sydnisterling.com), and I sell my sculptural art, basketry and jewelry made with plants from the PNW landscape. We are mutual admirers of each others work and our homes reflect this. The dark, natural-wood home my husband and I live in, is brightened by Sydni’s paintings of landscapes and gardens, and the Dillon-Sterling home is filled with enough of my experimental sculptural pieces to see the evolution of my work over three decades.
One of my favorite new “experiments” with wild cherry bark forms found a happy home this summer. I titled this piece “Togetherness”, because any time I displayed them apart from each other seemed all wrong, and when placed together they related to each other in a very human way.
Below are a few images from the summer open studio. If you would like an invitation to our twice yearly shows of new work; at the upcoming Art in the Woods studio tour, November 8-10, 2013; or the Indianola Days Summer Exhibition of New Work, August 8-10, 2014, please contact us.
Long-time collectors, friends and neighbors have supported our work and growth as artists for many years. We are grateful to live in this community.