Culture Crawl Featured Artwork of the Month
Color, Pattern, Camouflage
Serigraphs & WaterColors by Bob Kercher
Blown & Engraved Glass by Lisa Tate
Serigraphs & WaterColors
Click ABOVE TO Watch How Bob Makes Serigraphs
Bob Kercher's wildlife art career started at the ripe old age of 6. It was in the first grade that he completed a finger painting of "A Rabbit in the Grass". That painting was awarded a Blue Ribbon at the Stutsman County Fair in Jamestown N. D,
Now considered one of the top wildlife painters in the Northwest, Bob has participated in numerous shows and received many awards including the Natl Wildlife Show, Kansas City, MO; the Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD; the Pacific Wildlife Art Show, Seattle, WA; the 100th Anniversary Show of the Portland, OR Audubon; the Classic-American Invitational Show, Beverly Hills, CA; and the C.M. Russell Art Auction.
Bob is a Signature Member of the Montana Watercolor Society and the Montana Professional Artist's Association. His work has appeared in "Wildlife Art", "Southwest Art", and "Montana Outdoors" magazines. Bob was selected as Montana Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year for both 2012 and 2014.
While working on his Master's Degree, Bob gave up painting in oils and switched to watercolor and serigraphy (silk-screen printing). Watercolors allowed for more spontaneity and more immediate results and screen printing challenged him to be more design oriented. It was during this period that Kercher discovered the work of Dutch artist M. C. Escher. This was to have a profound influence on Bob's own work.
Bob's original serigraphs and prints deviate from realism to a means of graphic story-telling. Each print deals with the "permutation" of one image turning into another. They often highlight the camouflaging aspects of natural colors surprising the viewer with transformations from shape to shape in a rhythmic progression across the composition. Kercher has produced 78 works with this "permutation" theme with 39 editions sold out.
Blown & Engraved Glass
Lisa Tate is a nationally recognized glass artist. She has studied glass blowing and engraving at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Francisco, Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, and Corning Studio in Corning, New York.
Lisa specializes in a rare technique called cameo glass. Cameo glass is an ancient art of blowing multiple layers of color in glass, then cutting through the layers to reveal a design. This technique became popular in the Roman Empire about 50 B.C. Cameo glass was also heavily used by Islamic engravers in the 10th century. Her work is collected throughout the United States and the Middle East and is currently in two permanent museum collections. This rare form of glass combines three major disciplines: glass blowing, designing, and engraving.
“Glass has transformed me in ways which are difficult to describe with words. I strive for meaning in my work, to convey a bit of myself to the viewer while also allowing them to draw their own conclusions.”
This art will be displayed until June 10th, 2019.
Our featured artist changes every month, filling the gallery with new and exciting pieces every time. Every second Friday we host a Culture Crawl event from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Come visit the gallery to meet artists and share in delicious hors d'oeuvres! For more information, please visit our Gallery page.