“Primal Connections” by Christine Buchanan
May 27, 2018 - September 30, 2018
You may have noticed the addition of some new "friends" to the Museum lobby recently. Christine Buchanan's ceramic octopus and student-created jellyfish were crafted as a part of a lesson for the Peninsula High School Art Club. The octopus and jellyfish have found their home with the twisted pieces of metal that were found in the Narrows after the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Together they've brought to life the existing lobby installation, creating "Galloping Gertie Under the Sea."
In addition to her piece in "Galloping Gertie Under the Sea," we are excited to have Buchanan's solo exhibit, "Primal Connections," on view in the Harbor History Museum Lobby Gallery from May 27 - July 23, 2018. Each piece in Buchanan's exhibit is individually crafted and representative of the power of human connection with nature.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Buchanan was an honors graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and was influenced by Lute Faculty Tom Torrens and Mark Gulsrud. Since 1993, Buchanan has been teaching Fine Art at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Washington. In addition to an active gallery schedule, she has donated her art to charities including the Harbor History Museum, Washington Water Trails Association, and the Community Inclusion Program.