Suze’s Art News April 1, 2022 – no fooling!

It is spring! The fruit trees are blooming, daylight lasts past dinner, and here is some of what I look forward to this spring and summer.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s exhibit Boundless includes five of my bark beetle books. I am profoundly honored to be part of both such an original and creative assembly as well as the permanent collection. The exhibit is part of the Dog Ear Festival, and I will be part of an in-person Earth Day panel on art and environmental justice on April 23. (Bainbridge Island, WA)

Bark beetle books at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Cynthia Sears book art collection:
Top: page detail, Scolytid Lifecycle
Middle left: The Sky Cracks Open; middle right: Encyclopedia Beetletainia
Bottom left: Survivorship, bottom right: Unwinding through Time
A majority of my burned tree works are in a solo private exhibit, The Magnitude of the Problem, at Aljoya Thornton Place January 31-May 15. I will be giving a talk there April 11 at 2pm. (Seattle, WA)
The Magnitude of the Problem, panels 1-7 at Aljoya Thornton Place
Lucia Harrison’s wonderful book artist/scientist collaboration exhibit, Science Stories, is at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center March1-June 1, Whitman College August 1-December 31 (Walla Walla, WA) and Evergreen State College Library January 1-to March 1, 2023. For the Port Angeles exhibit they added three of my burned tree portraits as well as the two bark beetle books. (Port Angeles WA)
The Great Old Broads for Wilderness auction goes live April 18-27, with two pieces I gave them. Last year I taught a watercolor workshop on a San Juan River trip as a fundraiser for them; what a great group! (Online)

Left: Wildcat Viewpoint, watercolor on paper, 11″ x 15″ (Zion National Park); right: Lick Wash, watercolor on paper, 15″ x 11″ (near Kanab UT)
I have two pieces in Central Washington University’s annual juried exhibit “Interstate 2022” which runs until April 23. (Ellensburg, WA)

Top: Telegraph Canyon (rotated) 52″H x 13″W varnished watercolor on torn paper
Bottom: What the Beetles Wrote, 11″H x 9″W x 6″D closed. Wood, cast paper, mat board,
iron-oxide-dyed non-woven viscose.
UPDATE: I’m happy to report the book was awarded second place by the juror, Faith Brower, of the Tacoma Art Museum.
The fabric version of The Magnitude of the Problem will be part of Fire and Ice at the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature opening April 9 and running into September. Lorena Williams wrote a moving essay on the threatened Mariposa Grove in Yosemite that now graces the backs of the fabric panels. (Solvang CA)

 “Large trees hold sway in our hearts…. We name them.”
Panels 1-7 of The Magnitude of the Problem 49″H x 21.5 feet wide in its horizontal configuration
Another large, burned tree portrait is in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks membership exhibit. The exhibition begins Thursday April 28th with an online reception from 5:00-7:00 pm Pacific time. Everyone is invited to attend the event by registering at (Online)
Winter Rim (rotated), 52″H x 16″W, varnished watercolor on torn paper
I was so happy to have The Magnitude of the Problem at the King County Library in Kirkland last year, because of the Kirkland Art Center. In partial thanks, Glen Canyon Light will be featured in Kirkland Art Center’s 60th anniversary gala’s live auction on May 14. (Kirkland WA)
The University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture library will have a number of my bark beetle books in their display cases for an opening June 2, 5-7 pm, closing June 29. I’m working on Volume 40 now! (Seattle WA)

Beetle Graph, 86″H x 18″W x 3″D (open) Douglas fir branches, laser-cut wood, laser print transfers, bronze rings.
I’m so very honored to receive one of this year’s Mary Kiesau Community Fellowships. I’ll be giving a presentation in Twisp over the June 24-26 weekend, to be followed by a lengthy visit in the fall for community research, exploratory hikes and further studio work. (Methow Valley WA)
Burned tree pieces, including some new in 2022, will be featured at Plasteel Frames & Gallery in the Design Center in July-August, with a reception date planned for 7/15 but check back. (Seattle WA)

Larger than Life, 52″H x 28″W, varnished watercolor on torn paper.
I hope to connect or reconnect with you at one of these events!