We continue our Grotto Gallery Artist Chat installment series this week as we meet two makers whose work will be on display at the Grotto Gallery—opening less than a month away on October 5th!
Last week, in our third installment , we introduced Michelle Startzman and Steph Peters.
We offer our fourth installment this week with master jeweler Susan Rice and Yaqui artisan Lydia Quinones.
A certified art teacher, Lydia Quinones is inspired by her own multicultural family in her artwork, which seeks to reflect the historical connections between Native American and Chinese cultures.
Lydia's textile and ceramic sculptures were featured in Northwest Women's Magazine in 2008, but it wasn't until she attended an Arizona Artisans Collective (AAC) meeting that she considered establishing her own art business.
For the Grotto Gallery exhibit, Lydia focuses on persimmons, with which she became fascinated when she lived for a time in Inner Mongolia.
Best eaten when they are older, bruised and even coated with a powdery white layer of mold, persimmons reflect the goodness that can come from hardships in life and remind us that the harshest conditions can create the sweetest fruit.
Through her persimmon collection in the Grotto Gallery exhibit, Lydia hopes viewers will be reminded of a sweeter outcome to the trials and problems of life.
Written by: Beth Wineland, Senior Writer & Editor, email@example.com