Thursday, February 23, 2017

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, March 3, 2017

Presenting a lovely late winter group show at the Gallery:


About the Artists: 

Reid Anderson (Seattle, Washington) 

Originally from Wisconsin, Reid mixes classical wood furniture with modern design and interpretations.  These pieces are part of a collaborative series with other well known artists across the county, ranging from professors, independent artists, and film designers.  Other works can be seen in the permanent collection at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. 

Dave Berfield (Bainbridge Island, Washington) 

Dave Berfield, originally from Pennsylvania, has a background in art and art education, and studied ceramics at the University of Hawaii where he received an MFA. In Seattle he learned enameling techniques and over 35 years collaborated with many artists, including painter Jacob Lawrence, on large-scale public murals, fixing enamel images to steel. His company was called The Porcelain Company. The Lawrence enamels in Seattle's Kingdome were Barfield's work and were moved to the Seattle Convention Center when the Kingdome came down.  More recently he built a prototype mural with artist Ellen Forney, painted with porcelain enamel on steel, for the Sound Transit Capitol Hill Station opened in March, 2016. 

Sean Carleton & KT Hancock (Seattle, Washington) 

Sean Carleton of Carleton Fine Work and KT Hancock of Velvet Nugget Studios initially connected through Instagram in 2014. A collaborative design effort was begun and catalyzed by Hancock and Carleton’s keen eye for craft, art and design. Steel and brass fabricated settings cradle large-scale gemstones that exude illuminated luxury and preciousness to its surroundings. In vivid color the emeralds emit both clear and green light that allude to the place of its conception, The Emerald City and The Evergreen State. The colored light is then refracted off a cube shaped crystal held in the sculpture’s center.  Distortions that occur within the central crystal spread light and color onto the adjacent surfaces. 

Michelle de la Vega (Seattle, Washington) 

Michelle de la Vega is a Seattle based installation artist, designer and welder. Her work has a distinct visual voice, and her large scale projects are immersed in social practice and community building. She has been making metal furniture and sculpture for the last 8 years, and greatly enjoys collaborating with her partner Jeff Ludwig. Michelle has also been an international spokesperson for the tiny house movement due to the well known 250 sq. ft. home she designed and built for herself 10 years ago.

Renee Jameson (Bainbridge Island, Washington)

Renee Jameson was born in Western Washington and received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She is a monotype artist living and working on Bainbridge Island. Currently she is the printmaker liaison for the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) setting up the print studio for the BARN. She has work represented in private collections in Santa Barbara, La Jolla and Bainbridge Island.


Tom Johnson (Bainbridge Island, Washington)

This body of my work - which is created by taking multiple layers of fabric, manipulating, sewing, cutting, and washing them to make the fibers “bloom” - had a serendipitous beginning. I had fabric remnants from a variety of architectural and interior design projects. I started experimenting with layering, sewing them in lines at close intervals, cutting and washing, in an effort to create a soft, tactile, dog-friendly throw for our sofa. The results got my creative juices flowing. I quickly saw lots of possibilities, determined which fabrics worked best and how this newly created “Ridge and Furrow Chenille” could be used. Benches and ottomans soon followed. “Ridge and Furrow” designs for the wall, as well as a “quilt,” developed simultaneously.  The process continues to excite me and take me in new directions.

David Kellum (Port Townsend, Washington) 

Living and working in Port Townsend, Washington, David designs and builds residential and commercial wood furniture that allow him to join together his creative and technical abilities.  David creates graceful, contemporary pieces that highlight the natural beauty of the wood and make the most of a valuable natural resource, providing lasting beauty and utility with outstanding craftsmanship. 

Jeff Ludwig (Seattle, Washington) 

Jeff Ludwig is a master metal smith and artist who has worked in Seattle fabricating the highest quality architectural, furniture and sculptural artifacts for the last 25 years. He was the designer and creator of Seattle's celebrated Horses Cut Shop. Jeff and his partner, artist Michelle de la Vega, create art and furniture together when they're not teaching dance or off fishing and camping. 

Jacki Moseley (Bainbridge Island, Washington) 

Jacki began felting in 2012 after being attracted to the texture and dimension of felt for many years – fascinated by its properties, how to make it, and how to make things with it. She has most enjoyed making bowls, vessels and wall hangings. She also worked with beads, sewing them onto her creations, which are made with merino wool. She uses both wet and needle felting processes, where the wool fibers become intertwined to create a design and/or a form.  Jacki recently moved to Bainbridge Island from California.

Joe O’Brien (Bainbridge Island, Washington)

Joe O’Brien, educated at the University of Washington (BA, Art Education) and in ceramics at Northern Illinois University (MA, MFA), has exhibited throughout the Midwest as well as the Northwest and operated a custom ceramic tile business for many years.  He collaborated with Jacob Lawrence in the designing and creation of a ceramic mosaic mural for the City of New York and designed a porcelain enamel mural for the Orlando International Airport.  More recently he has proposed a ceramic mosaic mural for the Washington State Capitol. 

Ken Pincus (Portland, Oregon) 

The pottery that I make stems from and is inspired by 2 different sources.  One is the Arts & Crafts boom that flowered in the USA in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Enrolled at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the mid-1970s, I studied pottery for 2 years with Al Johnsen and earned a BA degree.  Several years after that, in 1982, I went to Japan where I studied pottery for about 4 years in the Mino area (Tajimi City and surroundings) near Nagoya, mainly with a potter named Yoshihiko Yoshida.  Just as people age and may provide lessons for life, so too does pottery that is still with us after many centuries. A centuries old bowl from the Momoyama Period in Japan, held in the hand, can tell a potter much about his craft. The old pots inspire me
 
Chris Thompson (Port Townsend, Washington) 

Chris Thompson, an artist who recently moved from northern Michigan to Washington, is committed to fine wood working. He is an avid collector of both antique woodworking tools and rare and exotic woods, reflected in the range of functional and sculptural pieces he creates, from beautifully grained boxes and book stands to whimsical birdhouses.


About The Island Gallery

Established in 2002, The Island Gallery features internationally recognized artists whose work takes traditional art forms in exciting new directions: studio furniture and sculpture; museum quality textile art and wearables; wood fired ceramics from the finest potters in America; paintings and prints; and unique jewelry creations. Our monthly exhibitions include live musical concerts, featuring such genres as jazz, rock, folk, chamber music and performance art.  This, along with its reputation for excellence, makes The Island Gallery a destination spot on beautiful Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, and steps from the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Contact Us/Visit:

Web site:  www.theislandgallery.net
Shop: www.theislandgallery.net/shop
Blog:  www.theislandgallery-artblog.blogspot.com


Event Location: 

The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E, #120, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Carol Lee Shanks: New Exhibition at PVAC

If you happen to be in the Palos Verdes, California, area or are planning a trip that way in the next few months, here's something to add to your to-do list while you're in the area.  Featured in the exhibition is one of our very own distinguished artists, Carol Lee Shanks, known for creating extraordinary wearables and fiber installations from incredible textiles.  We highly recommend you stop in and take a look.

Here is their invitation:



Text written by the Palos Verdes Art Center.

The Palos Verdes Art Center is a non-profit community art gallery and school. PVAC has made the visual arts available to southwestern Los Angeles County for more than 80 years.

Palos Verdes Art Center
5504 West Crestridge Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
 


Friday, January 27, 2017

Hearts: A Close-up of the February 2017 Show

February and Hearts seem to go together.  St. Valentine, whoever he really was, seems to be somewhat responsible for this.

Although there are any number of legends about the origin of Valentine's Day, some harking back as far as Rome in the year 496, there is plenty of fog surrounding these ancient connections.  What we do know is that the day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in 14th century England, during the flourishing of the charming and quite precise art form known as courtly love.  Later it evolved into an occasion involving the presentation to one's love of flowers, candy and cards ("Valentines", of course).  This sparked an industry, still going strong today, which replaced hand-written notes with pre-printed and mass-produced greeting cards.

We would like to suggest that, while any day a gift is given with love in one's heart is a good day, there are many ways to make that gift special, perfect, and personal.  A one-of-a-kind heart, a sweet ceramic treat small enough to tuck in a pocket or a loved one's outstretched hand, is a perfect example.

Which brings us to our upcoming February show, Hearts, showcasing Bainbridge Island artist Karen Chaussabel's ceramic and encaustic monotype on paper works.  (Please see our previous post for more details.)

Not only does Karen offer us pieces from her lovely collection entitled Cradled Hearts, but it is quite stunning to see the relationships she has created between these little gems and her wall art.  Here are some examples:

 Traditional profound reds abound, and flurries of breathless pinks; but Karen goes
deeper with her colors, her combinations and their relationships, as can be
seen below:

 

These blues and greys are particularly interesting, and light, perfect in play with reds:



Karen draws from a wide variety of materials in her works, and in the context of
this show invites us to interact with them on a very personal level, using sight,
touch, and each of our own sparks of recognition to discover the
true shape of our own hearts.

See more about Karen's process in this lovely video:


Hearts runs February 3 - 28, 2017.

View Karen's Artist Pages:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, February 3, 2017

Come to town and join us for a sip of wine, jazzy music, and beautiful art, as we open our new show:




Karen Chaussabel

February 3 – 28, 2017

Opening Reception:
First Friday, February 3, 6-8 pm

In Concert, performing as a duo:

Ranger & Mike Sciacca of

Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
Bainbridge Island’s Own Gypsy Jazz Band


IMAGES SHOWN:
Left from Top: 


About the Show:

Drawing from a great variety of materials Karen Chaussabel follows her own threads of inspiration to create a series of connecting mixed media works for the wall and simpatico clay renderings, using as her primary focus the eternal symbols of vitality and love:  Hearts.

This collection invites the viewer to interact on a very personal level, using sight, touch, and each of our own sparks of recognition to discover the true shape of our own hearts.

About the Artist:

Karen Chaussabel (Bainbridge Island, Washington)
Karen was born in France and grew up in a small village where she and her family were closely connected to nature. She moved to the United States to attend college in the Pacific Northwest, subsequently living in diverse places, ranging from the East Coast to Texas and Canada, attending a course on Creativity at the Visual Arts Centre in Montréal.  This led to three years of studio work which brought a sense of freedom to explore her creative voice and a realization that cultivating creativity is very much a practice rooted in the process - a process that, for her, has taken on many shapes.

Alone or combined, Karen uses ink, encaustic, thread, pencil, and tools to make marks. She enjoys having a variety of paper and fibers for printmaking, encaustic monotype and mixed media pieces. Karen also appreciates the tactile quality of clay. Materials are very much at the heart of her art. They are the tools she can reach for and count on to bring to form feelings and impressions.
Here she discusses her process and media used in this new show:

Heart is what keeps me in the flow, in coherence with what is. I try my best to listen in, and from there I choose material to partner with. The great variety of materials I draw from enables me to have a range of expressions, to be fluid and in tune with them. Making marks with ink, pen or a bar of melting encaustic paint gives me a feel for gesture and movement where I find myself to be free, open, playful. Those are qualities I pay attention to when I create. Pieces of thread that are stitched or collaged on paper also embody playfulness through their shape, placement. They remind me too of the process of connecting and following the thread of inspiration that moves through me.

Heart is what mentors me in the art of movement, movement guided by a balance between being active and letting go. I embrace a sense of unfolding. Using encaustic paint on a hot plate creates pools of molten wax and when I press the paper onto it to create a monotype, colors swirls, blend. Where the encaustic goes, I follow. With my ceramic hearts, I let what touches me guide the shape, size, texture, but ultimately they come into being from being released into the alchemy of fire. And those bits of glass that became pools evoking water remind me how much I just dive in and see where it takes me!

What I see embodied in these pieces today and what is part of my art making experience are those very movements of the heart.  I am touched and grateful for their presence in my art, in my life, as they connect me to a spirited sense of exploring, discovering, being.

For more about the artist’s work please view her Cradled Hearts video here.

About the Musicians:

Ranger and the Re-Arrangers (Bainbridge Island, Washington)

THE GENRE:  The band plays "Gypsy jazz" or “hot jazz”, created by and named in honor of Django Reinhardt, Europe's acclaimed composer and guitarist. In the 1930s, Django and violinist Stephane Grappelli blended their own musical legacies with the new American art form of jazz.  Soon their recordings brought international fame to the genre. Gypsy jazz is characterized by upbeat, high energy swing on acoustic instruments, especially guitar, violin, bass, clarinet, and accordion. The band’s repertoire appeals to everyone who enjoys swing standards, traditional Gypsy jazz songs, and world music originals.

Tonight they will be playing for us as a duo, performing as a full band on the Plaza sometime this spring.

Violin:  At the heart of the band’s sound is the sweet violin playing of RANGER SCIACCA, who began playing violin at the age of six. He divided his studies between old-time fiddle and classical violin until a chance encounter with a CD of violin jazz ignited Ranger’s interest in the music of Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Ranger’s playing draws from all the genres he has studied and, according to one reviewer, “features frantic staccato runs and an overall sense of tone that reveals many shades and moods.”

Rhythm Guitar:  MIKE SCIACCA is Ranger's father, and has been backing up Ranger on guitar for over 15 years. Ranger and Mike are descended from Sicilian immigrants, who played jazz in New York at the start of the 20th century.


About The Island Gallery

Established in 2002, The Island Gallery features internationally recognized artists whose work takes traditional art forms in exciting new directions: studio furniture and sculpture; museum quality textile art and wearables; wood fired ceramics from the finest potters in America; paintings and prints; and unique jewelry creations. Our monthly exhibitions include live musical concerts, featuring such genres as jazz, rock, folk, chamber music and performance art.  This, along with its reputation for excellence, makes The Island Gallery a destination spot on
beautiful Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, and
steps from the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Contact Us/Visit:



Event Location: 

The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E, #120, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.



Monday, January 2, 2017

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, January 6, 2017

Hopefully, everyone had a lovely holiday season, and for those of us still in a festive mood, don't stop the party now!  Come join us celebrate the New Year at this month's artwalk, for a sip of wine, a look at still more beautiful art, and our gift to you throughout January:  our annual sale.

Details below:




Introducing new artists, and welcoming old friends.

10-60% Off
Throughout the Gallery
January 2 – 31, 2017

Opening Reception:
First Friday, January 6th, 6-8 pm

Images Shown Above, Left to Right:
Panestaken.  Fiber Sculpture.  Jacqueline Moseley
Purple and Burgundy Cardigan.  Agnieszka Kulon for Kreatia
Writing Table.  Ash & Cherry. Ted Scherrer


About The Island Gallery

Established in 2002, The Island Gallery features internationally recognized artists 
whose work takes traditional art forms in exciting new directions:
wearables; wood fired ceramics from the finest potters in America;
paintings and prints; and unique jewelry creations. Our monthly
exhibitions include live musical concerts, featuring such genres as
jazz, rock, folk, chamber music and performance art.  This, along
with its reputation for excellence, makes The Island Gallery
a destination spot on beautiful Bainbridge Island, a short
ferry ride from Seattle, and steps from the new
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Contact Us/Visit:



Event Location: 

The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E, #120, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.



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