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Born in Montreal, Canada, Sheila Simpson-Creps was raised primarily in the Seattle area.  She received a B.A. in French from the University of Rochester in 1979 and then, pursued studies in weaving and textile design.  In 1983 she received a three-year certificate in Weaving from the Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts in Berkeley, CA.  She returned to school in the late 80’s and in 1991 received a M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Oregon.  Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and art fairs and is found in private collections in the U.S. and Canada.  She currently resides with her husband in the San Juan Islands, Washington.

Artist's Statement

There is no greater joy for me than to spend time in my studio giving form to the countless images, ideas, and visions that traverse my mind.  Inspiration comes from a myriad of places, a scrap of paper seen out of the corner of my eye, a negative space between tree branches, historical art sources, and contemporary tragedy in the form of tsunamis, wars, and personal challenges.  

Birds in particular seem to have found their way into my work.  The variety of markings, postures, behaviors, and communications infiltrate my waking and sleeping consciousness.  They are storytellers without meaning to be.  Whenever I stray from them to try my hand at other subjects, a tussle ensues, and soon they are back on my papyrus, canvas, fabric, tile, or woodblock.  I bend to their insistent demand for recognition.

Ceramics are a fairly new venture for me.  I paint and glaze on low-fire, preformed, earthenware bisque.  Occasionally, I make my own pieces from the ground up.  Working in three dimensions stretches me from my usual two-dimensional path.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2008                 Two-person show, Chimera Gallery, Lopez Island, Washington.

2007                 Group Show, Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

2007                 Lopez Island Artists’ Studio Tour, Lopez Island, Washington.

2007                 San Juan Island Art Fair, Friday Harbor, Washington.

2006                 Lopez Artists’ Studio Tour, Lopez Island, Washington.

2006                 Two-person show, Chimera Gallery, Lopez Island, Washington.

2005                 Wild Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon.

2005                 Bellevue Art Festival, Bellevue, Washington

2005                 Chimera Gallery, Two-person show, Lopez Island, Washington.

2004                 NW Women’s Art & Craft Show, Karma Place, Bow, Washington.

2003                 Chimera Gallery, Lopez Island, Washington

2002                 Kings Mountain Art Fair, Juried, Woodside, California.

2002                 Lopez Art Festival, Lopez Island, Washington.

2002                 Portland Arts Festival, Juried, Portland, Oregon.

2002                 Expressions West, Juried, Coos Bay Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon

2002                 Manifestations des œufs, Jardin des Oiseaux, Spay, Sarthe, France.

2001                 Solo Exhibit, Fish Bay Mercantile, Lopez Island, Washington.

2001                 Anacortes Arts Festival, Juried, Anacortes, Washington.

2001                 Portland Arts Festival, Juried, Portland, Oregon.

2001                 Solo Exhibit, Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU, Corvallis, Oregon.

2000                 Yager Museum Holiday Show, Yager Museum, Oneonta, New York.

1999                 Willamette Valley Art Show, Juried, Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

1999                 Pacific Northwest Arts Fair, Juried, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington.

1998                 Solo Exhibit, Due Fine Art Gallery, Eugene, Oregon.

1998                 Woodinville Art Walk, Juried, Woodinville, Washington.

1998                 Anacortes Arts Festival, Juried, Anacortes, Washington.

1996/1997         Winter lights Show, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

1994                 Springfield City Hall Gallery, Drawing Invitational, Springfield, Oregon.

1993                 La Petite Minature Show, Juried, Alder Gallery, Eugene, Oregon.

1992                 Solo Exhibit, Lopez Library, Lopez Island, Washington.

1991                 M.F.A. Graduate Exhibit, Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

1987                 Woven & Printed Scarves, Holiday Fair, Lane County Fair Grounds, Eugene, Oregon

1986                 Woven Rugs Exhibit, Opus 5 Gallery, Eugene, Oregon.

1983                 Graduate Exhibit, Pacific Basin Textile Art, Berkeley, CA

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

1991     M.F.A., Painting/Drawing          University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

1983     3 Year Certificate, Weaving       Pacific Basin School of Textile Art, Berkeley, California.

1979     B.A. French                               University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2002                 Wildlife Art Magazine, Cover& Light in Wildlife Art article, July/August issue.

2001                 Lane Arts Council 2001 Art Source back cover art display.

1995                 The Bag Lady, Artists Book, Published in July 1995 issue of CALYX Journal.

1990                 Drawings and Cover Art for Timberline Art and Literary Magazine, University of Oregon.

1990                 Cartoon published in the Northwest Comic News.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003-present     Board Member, Chimera Gallery, Lopez Island, Washington

1999                 Instructor, Basic Bookbinding Workshop, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon. 

1998                 Japanese Papermaking Lecture to the Eugene Fiber Arts Guild.

1996/1997         Founding Member of the Book & Paper Arts Guild of Eugene.

1994                 Demonstrated Alkyd Paints & Oil Bars to Emerald Empire Art Association, Springfield, Oregon.

1994                 Stretching Canvas Instruction, South Eugene High School Art Class, Eugene, Oregon.

1993/1994         Instructor, Beginning Drawing at Oregon Art Supply, Winter Terms, Eugene, Oregon.

1993/1994         Program Director of Art Education Program at Oregon Art Supply, Eugene, Oregon.

1983                 Teaching Assistant, Beginning Weaving: Summer, Pacific Basin School of Textile Art, Berkeley, California.

Shows

July 2010 - Opens 7/10 at Chimera Gallery, Lopez Island, WA