Stillness is an intensely active word.  It is the birthplace of creativity and when artists practice their art with full presence and concentration and lose themselves in the act of making, the most wondrous, terrifying, and amazing things can happen. Umbrella Resident Artist’s Lonnie Harvey, Sing Hanson, Lois Andersen and Max Payne have spent the past year considering the effect of stillness, especially in a time increasingly filled with activity that seems to have little meaning.

As artists, their goal is to try to transmit wonder to those who see their work; to transport, engage, and include the viewers in their acts of creation, whether it be the play of light through trees and on water, the sacred nature of artifacts from the earth---seeds, pods, shells, feathers, the dark beauty of vast fjords and oceans, or a riverbed holding the stones and treasures of our lives. They hope that through printmaking, painting, photography, and mixed media they will be able to engage viewers in a visual conversation, and perhaps to create an atmosphere where they can begin to enter into the stillness that they themselves have come to know as the ultimate gift.