Fine Woodworking and Art Quilts by Wayne Walma and Pam J. Beal in Mass City, Michigan.

Owner-members of Artistree Gallery Cooperative, Land O' Lakes, WI

About Art

Our work is a celebration of the complimentary relationship of wood and soft fiber. We celebrate the challenge and excitement that we experience creating these pieces. We have taken turns with design lead, whether the "quilt" or the frame-stand-sculpture came first. An appreciation of nature is a strong influence in our work, and the manipulation of fiber is accomplished hand in hand with what nature provided. There is interplay of grain and texture. Color adds punch. Our work uses found or re purposed items as primary design materials or as embellishments, and results from respect of a philosophy of using it up and wearing it out.

The woodwork exhibits the range of fine furniture in the arts and crafts tradition to rustic work. The soft fiber includes cotton, silk, mohair and wool. The pieced foundation is enhanced by applique and the quilted line.

Creating art involves many animated conversations and brainstorming sessions over dinner. Completion of each piece is marked with a small party.

Our pieces are contained in private collections internationally.