Harbor History Museum is thrilled to welcome award-winning Gig Harbor sculptor and art educator, Mardie Rees, to the Museum’s Lobby Gallery for her new show, The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition, to run from July 2nd through August 28th.
A longtime Gig Harbor local, Mardie began specializing in figurative sculpture after receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. Mardie has created life-sized bronze works for memorials and public spaces both throughout the country, including an over life size sculpture, St. Anthony’s Guiding Hand, at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, CO and WWII U.S. Marine Raider Memorial at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. Her work has won prestigious awards from organizations such as the Portrait Society of America, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and the National Sculpture Society.
Her process reflects classical training: hand sculpting works from live models and using the time-honored lost-wax method. This approach is time-intensive, but results in expressive and powerful artwork that takes on a life of its own. While Mardie’s work reflects her artistic training, it also reflects her life experiences. Both her travels abroad--she spent three years living in Ecuador as a teenage--and her life in the Harbor show in her sensitive attention to human themes such as faith, youth, struggle, and hope.