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Artist Spotlight - Maureen Hope Wall

Editor: Maureen has recently joined NWSSA. You may have met her at Camp B last year, or read her Nov/Dec 2006 Sculpture NorthWest article about the carving she did in Italy. Here is a little more about Maureen; her life and work in Port Angeles.

SN: Who are you?

MHW: I am Maureen Hope Wall; I am an artist.

SN: What is your life history as it relates to being an artist?

MHW: I first found sculpture when I was a kid and we came to the Pacific Northwest for our summers. I would play with the drift wood on our beach, making sculptures out of what I saw. Even though I had been drawing and painting by that time in my life, I knew that sculpture was more exciting and engaging.

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Artist Spotlight - Karl Hufbauer Nov/Dec 2006

LT: Please tell our readers a bit about yourself.

KH: I was born in San Diego to parents who had recently completed architecture degrees at UC Berkeley. I developed by my mid-teens into an avid rockhound, olla hunter, and rock climber. Successful in school, I eventually earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Berkeley. Along the way, Sally Brannon and I got married and had three children, and I secured a job at UC Irvine. I taught there for more than three decades. Upon my retirement in 1999, we moved to Seattle so we could be near our elder daughter’s family. I have affiliated here with U of Washington, joined a rockhounding club, and gone into stone sculpting.

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Artist Spotlight - Tom Francis

Editors: Sit down somewhere comfortable and take a little trip through the strange world of Tom Francis. The views stated below are not necessarily those of the editors, since all of the answers and even the questions are the sole creation and responsibility of one, T.F.

LT: Our featured artist this issue is Tom Francis. Tom, who are you?

TF: Rumors and innuendo. That should be "alleged" artist, those charges haven't been proven. What is this, Twenty Questions?


LT: Thirty-two actually. What is your life history as it relates to being an artist?

TF: Alleged.

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Artist Spotlight - Mark Andrew July/August 2006

Editor: Mark’s first interview was taken by Steve Sandry, and appeared in the March/April 1999 issue.


Mark: Let me start this interview by expressing my appreciation to association members past and present for their considerable efforts to promote stone carving and community. Together we have created a rare and wonderful organization. I salute those who have taken leadership roles, which like carving stone, takes real effort and patience. My thanks to you all.


SN: Who are you?

Mark: Like all of you, I am crazy about carving, utterly captivated! I’m so captivated that I’ve worked at crafting a lifestyle where I can carve every day. Realizing this goal has been a marvelous journey, now in its 34th year. Currently my sculpture studio is seated in a happy family nest. It is surrounded by organic gardens and orchard, enjoying full southern exposure between meadows and sky while surrounded by forested ridgelines. From this location I send a voice. All the creative energy flowing through me is translated into stone, bronze, and wood every day. I’ve made choices all my adult life that have brought me to this desired outcome: sculpture has become the cornerstone of my life’s work.

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Artist Spotlight - Nicky Oberholtzer

Editor: Nicky was previously interviewed by Barbara Lynch for the July/August 1998 issue.


SN: Who are you?

Nicky: My name is Nicky Oberholtzer and I am an artist and sculptor. It has taken me 53 years to say that with any authority. I have always been an artist but have only been a sculptor for 17 years.


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Artist Spotlight - The Salt Lake City Gang

Salt Lake City may have been, as most of us probably think of it, a quiet, conservative city in the desert without  much of consequence happening. If so, a single event, in 2002 changed that. An exhibit of Zimbabwean stone sculpture lost its way to a ‘major’ city and ended up in SLC. The exhibit, with its carving classes, drew out a few colorful threads from the ho-hum fabric of that desert community. Those threads have woven themselves into a tight knit carving group that is sometimes called The SLC Gang of Five.

Behold the Gang of Five plus two pictured here in the Artist Spotlight for March and April. Five  of these women will be attending the Roche Harbor Hand Tool Retreat this year on San Juan Island. Silvia, Jonna, and Poonam are brand new members to NWSSA; let’s give them all a warm welcome.


SN: Who are you and how did the Salt Lake City gang get together?

Poonam Soni: Salt Lake City is my home now, but I’m from India originally. Being a beginner in stone carving, I’ve only done four pieces (and I don’t much like one of them) so, I suppose, you’re really going to have to call me a wannabe.

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