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ARTfusion show set for Aug. 29-31 NEW

Rocky Fankhouser finds he’s most recently interested in creating round wood objects such as this 15-inch diameter bowl on his lathe.  - Submitted photo
Rocky Fankhouser finds he’s most recently interested in creating round wood objects such as this 15-inch diameter bowl on his lathe.
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Five Sequim professional artists with different tastes and styles return for the sixth annual ARTfusion Labor Day weekend.

The show and sale brings together the watercolor art of Catherine Mix, jewelery of Paulette Hill, watercolors of Pat Starr, ceramic art of Linda Collins Chapman, and woodworking of Rocky Fankhouser.

The show moves from October and expands to three days, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 29-31, at the Cutting Garden, 303 Dahlia Llama Lane, about three-quarters of a mile west of Sequim-Dungeness Way off Woodcock Road.

Mix said of last year’s event, “It was fun and had a good turnout.”

Chapman, who returns for a second year, said she made some contacts with people after the show including one that led to a gallery showing at Heatherton Gallery in Port Angeles.

She said she finds ARTfusion and her fellow artists to be an inspiration.

“We all work by ourselves and it gets lonely and stale,” Chapman said. “I draw huge inspiration from these other people. It keeps me inspired. I depend on their energy.”

Fankhouser, a master woodworker for more than 40 years, said he only does two shows — ARTfusion, and the Sequim Arts Studio Tour, which stopped this summer.

“It’s magic to have things appear before you in 3-D,” he said. “This is a way to justify to have that happen.”

This year, he and other artists are trying different methods for their art.

Starr is showing more experimental, non-representational watercolor pieces while Fankhouser said he’s been interested in more segmented wooden bowls.

“It’s an outlet for me,” said Fankhouser about his art. “It’s more personal and each one is different.”

Mix said no two pieces are the same for any artist.

“None of us do this as a living,” she said. “We do this to explore what’s interesting to us.”

For the show, Mix is featuring paintings from a recent trip to the Grand Canyon. She said many visitors come to see what’s happening in the lives of these artists.

Mix added the show is an opportunity for art collectors to go Christmas shopping early, have a glass of wine and/or enjoy the Cutting Garden.

ARTfusion also features a gift store with pieces under $50.

Mix founded the show in 2004 with Starr and Diane Johnston, a Raku sculptor.

Participants’ methods

Chapman uses the ancient decorative technique of scraffito, creating pattern and three-dimensional effects on the surface of her pots. Her porcelain pieces are wheel-thrown, combining both the traditional manner and unusual approaches to achieve risky and innovative vessels.

Fankhouser constructs fine rustic furniture, bird houses and weather vanes as well as sand-blasted glass and carved concrete out of wood. He adds round wooden objects and bowls this year.

Hill works with the subtle textures and colors from nature, vivid colors, energy and sparkle of crystals in her jewelry. She includes crystals, stones, metals, woods, pearls and beads in her earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Mix paints with either pastel or watercolor — sometimes together — to capture the scenery of the Olympic Peninsula. This year, she includes paintings inspired by her trip on the Colorado River.

Starr paints watercolor landscapes and animal and she’ll display more landscapes and vivid abstract work at ARTfusion.

For more information about the show, visit


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