Acclaimed Sculptor to Display Work at History Museum

Acclaimed Sculptor to Display Work at History Museum

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 2 through August 28.

A longtime Gig Harbor local, Mardie began specializing in figurative sculpture after receiving her Bachelors of Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. Mardie has created life-sized bronze works for memorials and public spaces throughout the country, including an over life size sculpture, St. Anthony’s Guiding Hand, at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, CO and the WWII U.S. Marine Raider Memorial at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. Locally, her work Saint Anthony and Child can be seen at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Mardie’s 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 teenager--and her life in the Harbor show in her sensitive attention to human themes such as faith, youth, struggle, and hope.

A reception for The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition will take place on July 15 from 5:30-8:30pm with an artist talk at 7:00pm. Appetizers and cash bar will be available. Lobby Gallery exhibits at Harbor History Museum are free and open to the public. For more information about the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or visit our website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

Mission: The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of this area. Our vision is to be the cornerstone that provides a gathering place and a sense of identity for our community.