On Saturday, March 30, 2019 Rutland Herald featured a story by B. Amore with photographs about the last visiting artists’ exhibition at the Feick Arts Center.
“…Tim Secord has created transcendental images that animate the entire space. The two largest drawings are over 6 feet square… Also included are several botanical works, which Secord describes as “portraits.” By enlarging the subject matter of a goldenrod gall fly pod, and a skunk cabbage, we are invited into an intimate relationship with nature. “Mossy Nest,” a small masterpiece, is actually the most painterly of these pieces. The nest is almost three-dimensional because of the delicate, yet forceful buildup of layers of color. It is hard to believe, despite a lifetime as an artist, and as an instructor in art, that this is Secord’s first exhibit — at age 70!”
“Alexandra Eckhardt works at a much smaller scale using various printmaking techniques. She attributes her technical knowledge to her father, master engraver John Black, with whom she worked for many years. She is clearly in love with her medium and delighted to demystify the processes by including many of the actual “tools of the trade” — a lithography stone, copper etching plate, various inks and engraving implements — all used for executing her work.”
“Leslie Parke, who also uses pattern in her work, takes her painterly eye as a beginning point and creates fantastic effects through digital manipulation. “Wave” looks like the fringe of an old carpet that is freely riding on a horizon line. The shift of perception from carpet to wave is brilliant, unexpected and fascinating. Parke describes herself as a painter who also makes photographs, and who sees archival inkjet printers as a new painting medium.