Door County Art Scene: “Stacia Dick-Schuster: Symbiosis” Launches 2009 Season at 242 Gallery

On Friday, Jan. 9, the Fairfield Art Center will officially reopen its lower-level 242 Gallery for the 2009 season with “Stacia Dick-Schuster: Symbiosis.” The Door County-based artist will host an opening reception for her new exhibition in the 242 at 6:30 pm on Jan. 9; it is open free to the public, and guests may enjoy refreshments as they visit with the artist and view her work.

“Symbiosis” comprises a series of pieces that reflect the discordant relationship between nature and society. The collection of acrylics and mixed media is a visual journal of that relationship, the connection of human beings to the earth and to its other inhabitants. In her work, Dick-Schuster mixes earthy tones with vibrant hues, creating what she calls “sinewy abstractions.”

“Acrylics, pastels and what-nots gather to juxtapose the unexpected,” she explains.

“The title ‘Symbiosis’ literally translates to ‘together life,’” she says. “I thought it was kind of catchy for a mixed-media presentation with a social-action base.”

Indeed, Dick-Schuster’s work is deeply rooted in eco-feminist values. It also reveals her diverse, interdisciplinary background, one that extends beyond the realm of fine art.

The Manitowoc native, who currently lives in Sturgeon Bay with her husband, earned a master’s degree in art therapy from Milwaukee’s Mount Mary College in 2005; she also holds master’s degrees in creative writing and counseling, as well as a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies. She currently is on staff at the Wellness Center of Door County.

She also remains active as an art therapist. Dick-Schuster works with a diverse range of clientele and currently facilitates and designs a number of art-therapy programs.

“Stacia Dick-Schuster: Symbiosis” will appear in the Fairfield’s 242 Gallery through Thursday, Feb. 26, after which the 242 will close until April 16 for routine yearly maintenance. It will reopen on April 17 with a special exhibition by Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin.

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