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Connecting with Philip McCracken

Marceil DeLacy and Philip McCracken

Marceil DeLacy shares a special rapport with Phil McCracken’s work and, in many ways, she’s both artistic heir and disciple. She cherishes her friendship with him and his guidance and in fact much of her wood comes from McCracken’s studio.

Recently, after examining several photos of her sculptures, Philip McCracken called her work “extraordinary” and “unique,” and exclaimed that “nobody was doing things like that.”  He said that she had “gone over the edge, past craft and into art,” and that, in his words, she had “arrived.” He referred to her sculpture as “finished,” meaning no further steps were needed.

In 2019, when one of McCracken’s own sculptures developed a crack and he was no longer able to work, he chose Marceil to do the repair, saying, “Marceil is a perfectionist. She is the best one to do it.”

Regarding Philip McCracken

A major American artist, whose wood sculptures and bronze casts are found in the collections of art museums, public institutions, and private collections across the country and abroad. His War God sculpture is on permanent display at the Seattle Art Museum. In the early 1950’s he had an apprenticeship with the great British sculptor Sir Henry Moore.

More about Philip McCracken’s War God sculpture in the Seattle Art Museum’s blog.

Philip McCracken in Wikipedia

Seattle Art Fair

My sculptures, shown below, will be exhibited by the Smith & Vallee Gallery, Booth D59,
at the Seattle Art Fair, August 1-4, 2019.

game of cat's cradle showing both hands
Cat’s Cradle
fine art wood sculpture
Gentleman Jack

New Exhibit of DeLacy Sculptures

August 2 – Sept 1, 2019 at Smith & Vallee Gallery
Artist Talk on August 10th at 3:30pm
Opening reception following, from 5 to 7pm
Theme: Give Me Shelter

BIMA exhibit extended

My exhibit in the Garden Gallery of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has been extended through June 9, 2019. Click here for photos and information about it on the Museum’s website.

Artist of the Week

My work is being featured in  KOMO online “Seattle Refined Artist of the Week” starting January 25, 2019. Look here for photos and interview.

3 of 14 images included in Artist of the Week feature

Strange Bird exhibition

My sculpture “Willful Ignorance” is being featured at the Strange Bird exhibition at Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA, during the month of February, 2019.

an owl covered by a cloth showing only its feet and tail
Willful Ignorance

New link for my “Into the Wood” exhibit at BIMA

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has just launched their beautiful new updated website.

Click on this link for information about my current show at the museum. It will be there until Feb 3, 2019.


Into the Wood — Encore!

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art invited me back for their winter exhibition. Seven of my sculptures will be on display in the Garden Gallery from October 2018 through February 2019. Here are four of them.

Videos of my recent talks

Below is my Eye on Artist talk given at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art September 12, 2018. (18 minutes)

To watch a similar talk that I gave at Smith & Vallee Gallery on July 7, click on this link.

On the Smith & Vallee video, my part starts at 10:42 and ends at 25:50 (15 minutes)

Artbeat Northwest

I’ll be interviewed on Artbeat Northwest on Tuesday, September 18 from 5 to 5:30pm.

Listen on Alternative Talk radio 1150 AM KKNW. Or click on the link above to listen online.

A recording will remain available in the online archive.