Fish and birds will make a splash at the Spiral Gallery's latest show.
In "Fins and Feathers," wood-burning artist Carol Pulvermacher and wood carver Phil Lingelbach have created a variety of pieces featuring the animals that will be highlighted in the gallery at 341 S. Broadway St. in August.
"I hope it illustrates for people how easy it is to bring the outdoors into their homes," said Pulvermacher, noting that the show feels representative of the region. "It's so Oregon, and so Northwest."
"It's Estacada. That's what we are. We're the gateway to the upper Clackamas and wilderness," Lingelbach added.
Pulvermacher and Lingelbach appreciated creating pieces that are representative of nature.
"Ever since I moved to Oregon I've been very aware of the birds everywhere I go. And through my art and my wood burning of birds, I've been able to identify birds when I see them out," Pulvermacher said.
For both artists, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to notice their surroundings and incorporate them into their work.
"It's really given me time to reflect. I go out my door and I have a little Japanese maple tree, and some robins built a nest in it and they raised a couple little ones," Lingelbach said. "I'm around the house, and I'm not going to meetings. I'm really just in touch with the outdoors."
For Pulvermacher, noticing what's around also has had practical applications.
"I created a base out of something I've never used before, and another was just parts that I've had for years and never used," she said. "It makes you notice what you have at home."
Though Spiral Gallery members aren't hosting their usual first Friday gathering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lingelbach and Pulvermacher are planning to give family and friends one-on-one tours of the show and are looking forward to sharing their work.
The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and visitors are asked to wear face masks. For more information, visit thespiralgallery.com .
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