Ann Vandervelde

Ann Vandervelde

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Ann Vandervelde • Profile

 

Ann Vandervelde

Ann Vandervelde utilizes the incredible systems of the Earth to process with paint the way composers create highly involved movements in music. Fascinated by capturing that dynamic feeling of sound in visual art, Vandervelde allows her use of acrylic paint, oil pastels and paper to take form the resiliency and destruction of our planet. She magnetizes maps “in an attempt to answer questions about the importance of green and urban space, climate, sound, structure, light and water and our own not insignificant footprint.” What results are gestural interpretations of the vast array of natural and unnatural activity in our environment, where central cavities of color and fast-paced mark-making are surrounded and overlapped by light fields of neutrality. The lightness and lively colors are offset by voids of darkness where true black is used, as if suggesting something like the incomprehensible power and depth of a black hole.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ann Vandervelde began her art education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and went on to get her Master’s in Education from Penn State University. She now lives in Seattle, Washington where she’s surrounded by water and encouragement to create art inspired by our natural environment.


Ann Vandervelde • Statement

I have always thought in color, line, shadow, empty and positive spaces. My observations are magnifications, not panoramic views.  

I map the Earth on canvas and paper in an attempt to answer questions about the importance of green and urban space, climate, sound, structure, light and water and our own not insignificant footprint.

The hard and soft lines of these compositions are an attempt to begin the story. The brush, paint, and palette knife move the story in its own direction, one that flows outward to reach the viewers’ life experiences.


Ann Vandervelde • Biography

EDUCATION

Masters of Education, Penn State University, State College, PA

Post Graduate Work - Media, New York University/University of London, UK

B.S. in Fine Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2017
“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Toast!", Lafontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

2016
Childhood's End Gallery, Olympia, WA

Juried Exhibition, Matzke Art Gallery, Camano Island, WA

2015
Burien Art Gallery, Burien, WA 

Matzke Art Gallery, Camano Island, WA

2013   
A Pool of Life Reflecting Water, Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC

Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

Deep Geography – Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2012   
Group Exhibition – Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2011    
Interpreting Climate Change, Juried Exhibit – Department of Ecology, University of Washington, WA

EAFA, Juried Exhibition, The Design Center, Seattle

2010
Evans Sculpture Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2004-2009
The Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Broderick Gallery, Portland OR

Fiori Gallery, Cleveland,

OH Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Loch Haven State University Museum, PA

Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Museum of Art, Roanoke, PA

National Watercolor Society, PA

National Watercolor Society, CA

Women's Center, Jacksonville, FL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS/COLLABORATIONS

2016
This World is Maya, composition for quartet with electric soundscape by composer Janika Vandervelde, St. Paul, MN

Glass and Paintings by McJunkin and Vandervelde, GBD Architects, Portland, OR

2015
Narrating Earth, Burien Arts Association, Burien WA

Glass/Metal, Poetry, Paintings of McJunkin, White, McDuffie, Vandervelde, Karla Matzke Gallery, Camano Island, WA

Itinerant--Works inspired by the World, Bellingham Gallery, WA

Harmonics, The Hamlet, Lopez Island, WA

Group show, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2014
Unbalanced Nature-Collaboration of Glass, Poetry, Painting, Orcas Island Art Center, Eastsound, WA

2013
IDeep Geography, Gallery IMA, Writers’ Craft, Seattle Public Library

2012
Harmonics, The Whiteley Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2011
2 person exhibit, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2010
2 person exhibit, Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC

HONORS AND AWARDS

2013
Gallery 110 Annual Juried International Show, Seattle, WA

2010
Whiteley Resident Scholar, University of Washington, WA

PRESENTATIONS

Collaborative Exhibit: Readings of poetry works by Anne McDuffie written to interpret glass (Lin McJunkin/Scot Milo) and paintings (Ann Vandervelde), Matzke Gallery, Camano Island, WA

Harmonics - Art Accessible to All, Exhibition at The Hamlet (unique small homes for retired, fixed income families) Lopez Island, WA

Art and Poetry for Special Populations, “Design A Life” Conference Speaker, Cleveland State University, OH

The Inner Eye: Paintings and Their Perceptions, International Diabetes Conference, Alexandria, Egypt

PUBLICATIONS

“Hera and Hebe", Poems and Paintings, Evalyn Vandervelde & Ann Vandervelde

Discoveries 2013 (cover art), University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Annual Journal