New Art Installation “The Queen Bee’s Labor” by Tricia Benich

The St. Mark’s art committee is grateful and pleased to celebrate “The Queen Bee’s Labor,” the work of parishioner Tricia Benich, this spring from April 20th through June 25th 2017.  Tricia is an experienced and prolific needle artist who has been stitching for 35 years, especially developing her work during the years while waiting when her daughters attended music lessons. Her skills include needlepoint, counted stitching on canvas, and cross stitch on linen, as well as watercolor painting. Most recently she has been exclusively working in a genre called primitive cross stitch, which is detailed stitching on fine linen with folk art subjects inspired by eighteenth and nineteenth century samplers. Frequent themes are birds (Tricia has a wall of bird works at home) and  bees, reflecting her husband Michael’s beekeeping practice. You can also see the Benich saltbox-style house in much of the work, and places and dates meaningful to the family. The work is not for sale. Please plan to attend the reception and artist talk on Friday, May 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm.