Candyce Anderson, better known to everyone in the Charles Wright community as “Miz Candy,” teaches visual art in the Lower School. “I hope my students enjoy learning to see and think like an artist and always remember to use their ‘art eyes’ to see the possibilities, not just the facts,” says Anderson. “I love it when parents share stories with me of how their children have chided them for not using their ‘art eyes.'”
Her favorite art projects with students are Zentangle®, making pysanky (Ukrainian eggs), papier mache printmaking, metal embossing, and sculpting.
Anderson was a National Merit Scholar and attended the University of Puget Sound. “My first degree in college was in biology—I was actually pre-med,” she explains. “My mother was an artist, and my father is an engineer, hence I’ve got a pretty good balance of right brain/left brain stuff.”
Anderson went on to earn her masters in fine arts in ceramics, also from UPS. She joined the faculty of Charles Wright in 1976. During her tenure she has served as a faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, led outdoor education groups, volunteered with the Spirit Auction and rummage sale, and served as a tech assistant in the computer department.
In 1995, the CWA Parent Association dedicated its Drizzle Dazzle auction to Anderson because of her years of enthusiastic involvement, from orchestrating student projects that became priceless works of art to transforming the Tarrier Dome with displays and decorations for a magical evening of fund-raising. In 2003, she received the Inspirational Faculty Award.
As a professional artist, she works in a wide variety of media including jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, painting, and printmaking. She also enjoys welding, gathering rocks for sculptures and other aesthetic and therapeutic purposes, working on various Handy Candy design projects, trashcan treasure hunting, and creating all sorts of things on her trusty Mac. Her most recent works were necklaces made from computer parts and other found objects shown in a group show at the Sandpiper Gallery titled “Unusual Adornments.”
Anderson also likes restoring old houses. She is currently renovating the 115-year-old house on her family’s homestead farm on Anderson Island. Her Abyssinian cats, Zomo and Zuli, think they are dogs and go just about everywhere with her, even taking the boat to Camp Candy, her off-the-grid cabin on Desolation Sound in Canada. “I have been rescuing it from the ruins, without electricity, for the past 18 years,” she says. “I love a good challenge!”