What happens when you combine a fine artist with a fine woodworker and steep him in locations like Hawaii, Italy, Fiji, Vermont, Tallahassee and Fanning Island during his formative years? If you are very fortunate, you get Berkeley-born Fred Stasek, who works in an old converted creamery in the rolling ranch-studded hills of Western Quirkutopia.
Fred is a painter, woodworker, writer and musician who works in and on many mediums, including luminously painted heavy silk which he fashions into multi-paneled Room Screens that glow when back-lit. Inspired by years of fine custom woodwork, Fred crafts elegant frames of red oak, maple and polar for these screens that stand alone as works of art themselves. Check out his gallery at www.fstasek.com – there may even be one available. The Screens are some real play for the eyes, even on your computer screen.
Like many true Quirks, Fred Stasek fosters several creative interests. His pursuits in the musical realm have loaned his work a rhythm and play of composition and color.
The Bodega artist enclave was founded decades ago as The Old Creamery decades ago by several well-known artists and print-makers.
Years ago, many small towns sported their own creameries – this one was a co-operative that made butter and cream with the surrounding ranchs’ milk. Current Old Bodega Creamery output is nourishing and vital art.