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Mosaic artist wins 2013 Amy Award

Raquel Stanek, shown working on her new mosaic at Pleasant Beach, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Amy Award for Emerging Artists.  - Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
Raquel Stanek, shown working on her new mosaic at Pleasant Beach, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Amy Award for Emerging Artists.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts

Mosaic artist Raquel Stanek has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Amy Award.

In announcing this year’s honoree, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts and the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council praised Stanek’s originality and “painstaking dedication” to the ancient art of mosaic.

“Thanks to the generosity of Caren and Dave Anderson, BAC is recognizing Raquel for her terrifically inventive and perfectly constructed work,” said Susan Jackson, executive director at BAC. “You have to admire an artist who re-creates nature, armed with just pieces of broken glass and her imagination.”

Since her to the art of mosaic in high school, Stanek has pursued the medium with painstaking dedication and has created a body of work marked by originality, intricacy and literally millions of pieces of glass, officials with the arts organizations that presented the Amy Award said.

Since 2001, the Amy Award has been given each year to an emerging artist from Bainbridge Island, under the age of 35, whose work demonstrates “a sense of quality, creativity, exploration, and dedication.”

Managed by the Arts & Humanities Council, the award is funded by an endowment established by David and Caren Anderson in memory of their late daughter, Amy, who was deeply involved in the visual and performing arts. Recipients are selected in alternating years by Bainbridge Arts and Crafts and Bainbridge Performing Arts.

While Stanek devotes a significant amount of time to creating smaller mosaic and fused-glass pieces such as mirrors, votives and tiles, it’s her sculptures that have become her calling card. She has produced expressive, larger-than-life works of art, including chicks, geese, pigs, deer and zebra “busts” and a giraffe twice her height.

Stanek has been showing her large and small work at BAC since 2009 and also makes her work available locally and nationally through trade shows, studio tours, a wholesale business and even Bainbridge Island’s Tour de Coop.

Later in 2013, islanders and visitors will be able to enjoy her new wall mural in Lynwood Center, commissioned for Pleasant Beach Village.

Stanek sometimes sets up shop informally in Winslow, where lucky passers-by can watch her work and talk with her about her process. But her true love is being at home in the studio, tirelessly transforming glass into grace.

“For me, that’s just bliss,” she said.

The artist will be celebrated at a private reception in May.

For more information about the Amy Award, see bacart.org or bainbridgeartshumanities.org.

 

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