sculptor featured at Spokane art show
Theresa Henson of Cottonwood has a couple of her sculptures featured in a “The Feels” an art show that opened recently in the Chase Gallery, located in the lower level of Spokane City Hall that features art viewers are allowed to touch.
“I have never been asked to participate in an exhibition where they ask people to touch the work, but I think it’s brilliant,” said Henson, who brought three large sculptures to show in Spokane. “I have long felt that people should be able to touch the work, especially sculpture, (because for) sculptors, it’s all about touch as well as the visual experience.”
Henson, who works in Cottonwood, Idaho, as creative services director for St. Gertrude’s Monastery, will show a piece called “Touchable.” The piece is an alluring carved cypress that echoes the rounded, smooth roots of a cypress tree. When Henson first exhibited “Touchable” 10 years ago at the West Edge Sculpture Exhibition at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, the Seattle Times praised it as one of the best pieces in that show, calling it “magnetic, a thing-in-itself that generates its own buzz.”
At receptions and openings, Henson is often asked by patrons if they can touch her works. She always gives an enthusiastic thumbs up.
“Making the work is very much about touch, so with this show, I get to sort of share that experience that I have with the viewers,” Henson said. “Or shall we call them ‘touchers?’ ”
The exhibit is just one of several stops on Spokane Arts’ bi-annual Visual Arts Tour. Go to www.spokanearts.org to create your own personal mini-Visual Arts Tours, which may include several galleries staying open throughout the weekend.
A couple of Theresa Henson’s touchable sculptures that are featured in a “touchable” art show at Spokane.