Carol Meckling Solo Exhibitions 2016 Land and Sky - paintings by Carol Meckling, Olio, Mancos, CO 2014 Nature of Things - paintings by Carol Meckling, Windows Gallery, Seattle, WA 2014 Nature of Things - paintings by Carol Meckling, Coldwell Banker Bain, Edmonds, WA Group Exhibitions 2016 Survival (Not) Mandatory, DAC Annual Members Environmental Exhibit, Durango, CO 2016 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Durango Arts Center, juried by Holly Roberts 2016 40th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Durango Arts Center, juried by Holly Roberts 2015, 2016 Revival of Lost Souls, Studio &, Durango, CO 2015, 2016 Bizarre Bazaar, Studio &, Durango, CO 2014 Animalia, University House Wallingford, Seattle, WA 2014 Pets on Parade, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA 2014 Artist’s Collaboration Exhibit, Edmonds Art Festival Foundation Gallery, Edmonds, WA 2013 ICON show, Hanson Scott Gallery, Seattle, WA 2013 Salvation Army, Red Kettle Gala, Seattle, WA 2013 Piano Time, Arts al Fresco, Shoreline Town Center 2013 ARTSplash! Artists Connect, Edmonds, WA 2013 Arts Now, EDGE 2013 Exhibit, Edmonds Conference Center, Edmonds, WA 2012 Shoreline Arts Festival, Shoreline, WA 1998 Project 416 Gallery and studios, Seattle, WA 1993 For Art’s Sake! A Taste of Stowe, Stowe, Vermont Work History 2014 - 2015 Artist \ McMenamins \ Bothell, WA 2013 - 2015 Docent \ Bellevue Arts Museum \ Bellevue, WA 2013 - 2014 Co-owner \ Gallery North Artist Cooperative \ Edmonds, WA 2010 - 2011 Co-facilitator \ Artists Way classes \ Seattle, WA 2000 - 2015 Psychotherapist - expressive arts therapy \ Psychotherapy Private Practice \ Seattle, WA 1986 - 1988 Assistant Painter \ The Backdrop Solution \ Chicago, IL Artist Residency 2016 August, week long artist residency at Willowtail Springs. DAC In-Residence Education 1994 Master of Arts: Counseling Psychology - expressive arts therapy Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, NH 1987 Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL Awards 1993 For Art’s Sake! A Taste of Stowe, Honorable Mention for drawing, Stowe, Vermont Related Professional Experience Private commissions for individuals homes; acrylic paintings and color pencil drawings 2016 Durango Arts Center Board Member 2013 Artists In Action on the waterfront, Edmonds, WA 2013 Graduated Arts Now EDGE program, professional development for visual artists, Edmonds, WA 2012 - 2015 Member of Artists Connect, Edmonds, WA
Carol Meckling Artist Bio/Statement Each piece of art is the culmination of my life experiences; from the execution of the techniques I’ve learned, to the endless images I store in my brain and unconscious, to what I learn from observing the natural world and observing the nature of things… a moment defined in a constantly changing natural world. I have a self portrait that I painted in kindergarten hanging in my studio as a reminder of the joy I’ve always gotten from making art. I can remember so clearly that kindergarten classroom where I got to paint standing at an easel, I can even remember the satisfying feeling of the paint moving around on the paper. Reflecting back now on my kindergarten experience I realize what was also appealing was the self expression I was experiencing and how painting helped me make sense of my world and my place in it. This current body of work is the result of “playing” with acrylic paint on wood with the motivation of allowing whatever needs expression to emerge…I had no idea landscapes would appear! Most of the images are of no place in particular but reflect the land and sky of places I’m currently exploring and places I’ve known and loved. Some are an interpretation of my artist in residence experience at Willow Tail Springs where the gift of uninterrupted time in such a beautiful, inspirational setting creates a container for artists to expand and grow and nurture their creative self. I try to paint on repurposed hollow core doors as much as I can. I enjoy the hard surface to paint on and the idea of repurposing materials. Developing skill as an artist for me has meant slowing down, training my eye to see, and lots of patience to allow what needs expression to emerge. There also has been a willingness as well, a strong desire to create. Engaging fully in the present, staying there as best I can and letting go of the outcome allows amazing things to happen.
Patience from ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ by Rainer Maria Rilke Everything is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own intelligence and await with deep humility and patience the birth hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist’s life: in understanding as in creating. There is here no measure with time, no year matters and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring without fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful: patience is everything!
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