Goosefoot Community Fund is presenting a solo exhibition by local artist Diane Baxter. “Landscapes, Skyscapes and Stories” is on view Sept. 16 through Nov. 6, at the Hub Gallery, located in the Bayview Cash Store, on South Whidbey.
Born and raised in Seattle, Baxter grew up exploring nearby forests and beaches, drinking in the natural world around her. At 18, she went to work on the Aleutian Islands in the king crab industry and fell in love with the wide-open spaces and wildness of Alaska. After returning to Seattle to attend Cornish Art School in the 1970s, Baxter moved to Alaska to work and do art. She has been in various shows and won awards for her work. She lives on Whidbey Island again after years away from this area.
“I have always been drawn to the simple but complex beauty of the natural world,” she said, “such as the color and texture of rocks, plants, the raw earth, as well as how the sand looks when the tide goes out, the variations in tree bark, or that perfect time when twilight turns from a soft blue to the darker blues of dusk.”
Organic matter — clay, rocks, dirt, wax, branches — are materials she uses to bring the interior landscapes of her mind and heart to life. Many of her pieces also tell stories, whether her own or those belonging to all of us.
An opening reception for Landscapes, Skyscapes and Stories will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 3-6 p.m. The artist will give gallery talks about her work on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1-2 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 8 from 1-2 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6-7 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.