Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mind Puzzles: Irene Yesley. Special Online Only Exhibition

Opening on Friday, September 14, 2018:

Mind Puzzles:
Experimenting with Colors, Shapes & Patterns

New Work by
Irene Yesley

Irene Yesley, Let's Celebrate.  Monotype

About the Artist:  This exhibition is comprised of ten specifically selected pieces.  Here are a few words from the artist about her work:

I work abstractly because this allows me to focus on what I most enjoy - the shapes and the spaces between them.  I am concerned with the size and shape of the objects, the repetition and variation of patterns, the tension created by the nearness or distance among objects, the emotional impact of the colors I use, and the sense of freedom in a piece.  I aim to make pieces that are interesting from a distance and also up close.

Printmaking is my current obsession.  I also like drawing with graphite and markers, and painting on pieces of plexi that I combine into one piece by stacking three layers of plexi together.

There is a large education industry aimed at early childhood that uses colors, shapes, and patterns to exercise the young brain, and in doing so, helps create pathways that promote learning other skills such as mathematics and science. These tools are too important to be left simply in childhood. Visual art has always been a teacher. We learn history from paintings and statues from the past: the benevolence of the saint’s smile, the sneer of an angry warrior tell us something important about humankind. We are enriched both emotionally and intellectually by such art. But art’s impact is greater than that. Whether representational or abstract, good art makes a point.

In her work, Irene Yesley has created both intriguing works, and an outline for learning. As the viewer moves from Medieval Times to Lenny, we first sense control through evenly spaced rectangles cautiously moving in patterns and some introduction of color but almost yearning to escape.  Color Grid challenges the viewer with the precision of its lines and furrows, blocked with strong discontinuities.   High Falutin' tells a host of stories: those piano keys give us the tune, but are we seeing fish or fowl; gill lines or cone? It’s that little place in New Orleans that doesn’t stop ‘til the sun comes up. These are great works for looking and thinking, and rethinking:  No, it’s a crappie on the Mississippi.  No matter.   Either story takes us away. In the later pieces we sense freedom and joy within an expanding universe. Isn’t this the arc of human history?

Please contact the Gallery to request prices.  The artist, however, advises that the individual items in this exhibition fall into the range of $700.00 - $1,900.00.

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Irene Yesley, Lenny.  Monotype

Saturday, July 21, 2018

You're Invited: PROTEST - First Friday Artwalk, August 3, 2018

Throughout history Protest, in its various forms, has been a tool for expressing opinions, thoughts, and disagreements relating to specific events or policies of governments or societal groups.  The great protests of the 1960s are distant memories for some and badges of honor for others, but the twenty-first century has produced a climate that calls up voices to be heard once again.  In this regard, artists and other free-thinking individuals can lead movements and offer their influence to enact change in peaceful but highly visible ways:  through their music, verse, and art.

Presented on these gallery walls are powerful pieces addressing historical social issues that remain unresolved, and are too often quickly forgotten by the larger society.  They offer a stark reminder that while progress is often the province of the activist, in one way or another, at one time or another, we are all called upon to be activists in our own world. 

We invite you to visit downtown Winslow for August's First Friday Artwalk, for a visit with friends, a sip of wine, and to meet the amazing artists who have put their hearts into their work for this exhibition.

August 3 – September 28, 2018

Andrea K. Lawson, Karna McKinney, Jay Taylor
Earnest Thomas, Carletta Carrington Wilson

First Friday Artwalk, August 3rd, 6-8 pm

In Concert on the Plaza:

The Jenny Davis Jazz Quartet


Photo credit:  Carletta Carrington Wilson
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246;); archival pigment prints

About the Show:  

Featuring the work of Andrea K. Lawson (Port Hadlock), Karna McKinney (Bainbridge Island), Jay Taylor (Seattle), Earnest Thomas (Seattle), and Carletta Carrington Wilson (Seattle).

Opening:  First Friday Artwalk, August 3, 6-8 pm. Reception with the artists.  The Jenny Davis Jazz Quartet is in concert on the Plaza.  

Visit the Gallery in person, as well as our extensive Website and Online Shop.

About the Artists:

Andrea K. Lawson (Port Hadlock, Washington): Andrea was born in Hollywood, California and received her BA from the University of California Santa Cruz and her MFA from Parsons The New School of Design, New York City. Her prize winning paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited across the United States and Europe. A select list of Andrea’s solo and juried exhibits include: The Painting Center, New York, The Cape Museum of Fine Art, Massachussetts, Gallery K, Los Angeles, Ronnebaekshholm Arts & Culture Centre, Denmark, and Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux Arts, Paris, France. In Seattle and the Northwest: Washington State Convention Center, The Corridor Gallery, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Max Grover Gallery, Artisans On Taylor and Northwind Arts Center. 

Using expressive color and freely roving gestural line, I explore wild spaces as well as dense human spaces. I am intrigued by the interaction between the two, such as electric lights twinkling in a wild nightscape. Painting outdoors overlooking the Puget Sound, I paint abstract landscapes with color that is not a copy but is a direct response to my emotion and experience of the changing light on sky and water as the sun moves along its path. Using sketches from dances, and photographs that I take at political marches and parades, I paint the wild magic of community. I create paintings about how human figures can be entangled in nature, struggling to be part of or separate from their/our surrounding environment.

In light of recent political events, an interesting part of Andrea’s life has been the influence of her grandfather. Andrea says that her grandfather’s “story is a reminder to all Americans to vigilantly fight for and preserve our freedom of speech and civil rights.” Andrea remembers visiting her grandparents and hearing the sound of typewriter keys click-clacking from her Grandpa Jack’s office downstairs. Grandpa Jack was John Howard Lawson, the experimental playwright, screenwriter and one of the Hollywood Ten. Inspired by European Theatre, vaudeville and jazz, he wrote socially conscious, experimental plays in the twenties and thirties which broke down the “fourth wall” (separation between audience and stage). In the thirties, he brought his family to Hollywood to write for the screen. His film titles include: Sahara, Blockade, and Algiers, starring Hedy Lamarr and Humphrey Bogart.  Cry Beloved Country is known as one of the first films to portray a non-stereotypical black character and to question Apartheid. Lawson was the first president of the Screen Writers Guild and outspoken, standing up for writer’s rights and the rights of workers everywhere. During the 1950s (a/k/a: the McCarthy Era), Lawson was part of a group of ten well-known writers who were imprisoned for refusing to name names to HUAC (the House on Un-American Activities Committee.) These ten brave men stood up for freedom of speech and went to jail for it. 

My grandfather was blacklisted and never worked again under his own name. This had a huge effect on his life and career and family.

Speaking on her The Wild Magic of Community series:

I first began painting parades after watching The Great and Terrible Beauty parade in Galway,
Andrea K. Lawson, Women's March
Ireland.  When my daughter and I participated in the Women’s March, Seattle 2017, I saw so much energy and creativity in the crowd around me! Wild Magic of Community series explores political marches and parades with the various
characters, costume and bravado that accompany community processions. While staying in a high rise hotel in Chicago, directly across from an office building, I became intrigued by the miniature stories going on in each office space. Informed by the #Me Too movement, my paintings of buildings invite the viewer to become a voyeur and peek inside. These works are concerned with the energizing creativity and activism of communities that leads to positive change in the world. Incorporated in many of these artworks is the mystery and drama of lighted events shining through darkness or dusk.

I apply paint spontaneously from my own reference photographs and composition sketches. Through playful rendering of figures and environment, the paintings have a colorful, theatrical quality, mixing the painterly with the vaudeville. My expressive process has been influenced by 20th Century Action painters and Figurative Expressionists such as Willem De Kooning, Chaim Soutine, Grace Hartigan and James Ensor.

My paintings invite the viewer to participate in and to appreciate the wild magic of their own and other communities around the world.

KarnaMcKinney (Bainbridge Island):   Karna has been a photographer, specializing in science and medical photography, graphic design and visual communications for more than 40 years. She has held staff positions at the University of Michigan, Department of Veterans Affairs, NOAA, and taught Biological Photography at Bellevue Community College. She is a Fellow of the BioCommunications Association and has won numerous awards for her science and fine art images. Karna lives on Bainbridge Island.

Having come of age in the 1960s and early 1970s, the powerful images and news footage of marches
Karna McKinnney, Women's March

and violent protests of that time seemed to define the face of public dissent. Photographing the 2017 Women’s March, 2017 March for Science and the 2018 March for Our Lives in Seattle, it quickly became clear that these marches were quite different from the angry protests of the 1960s, though the diverse issues presented are equally serious. People of all ages marched. Grandpas wearing pussy hats. Families with kids in strollers. People from all walks of life, united by an opportunity to voice their concerns. Many of the signs displayed wit and humor, and some expressed anger. If there was one theme that bound these marches, I felt it was a demand for respect. Respect for women. Respect for the rights of ALL people. Respect for our planet. Respect for science. Respect for our children’s right to attend school without fear. Respect for individuals as opposed to corporations. A demand that our leaders respect our democracy. When the signs are put away, how do we respectfully move forward?

Jay Taylor, Unreconciled

Jay Taylor (Seattle, Washington):   Jay was born in Seattle and earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Washington.  He is currently working as an architect and has been a semi-professional photographer since 2006. 

Jay works with digital photography in a range of subjects including landscapes, nature, architecture and people in the Pacific Northwest. The process he uses to create a number of works he describes as Artography, which is digital photography combined with digital art. It is a form of computer generated collage that he sometimes combines with traditional printmaking media to create unique imagery. The work is printed on high quality fine paper to emphasize a personal artistic approach to photography.

For Unreconciled in our current exhibition, Jay received a second-place award for watercolor painting in the 2017 Truth B Told exhibition at the Onyx Fine Arts Collective in Seattle.  He has exhibited in a number of galleries in Seattle and Portland and has won awards for his work, including second-place in the 2009 Portland Audubon Society’s Raptor Photo Competition, later selected and displayed at the PDML photography exhibition at Chicago’s DANK-HAUS gallery.

During the past several years Jay has been showing work with Onyx Fine Arts Collective and serving on their board.   

Earnest Thomas (Seattle, Washington):  Earnest was born in Texas where he later received an Electrical Engineering degree. He worked for the Boeing Company where he held various engineering and leadership positions. Earnest has a strong interest in art and architecture and has collected ethnic art f rom around the world, the vast majority of his collection coming from Africa. His interest in old African trading beads and a challenge from his wife inspired him to design jewelry utilizing these beads.

Earnest uses his engineering, industrial design and natural artistic sense with the experience gained from designing jewelry to create his 2D and 3D paintings. He typically uses texture, color and shadow to play together in his images. His artwork ranges from organic to modern architectural in nature while utilizing a mixture of repurposed materials.

Earnest Thomas, Turbulent Times

Earnest is also president of Onyx Fine Arts Collective and manager of Gallery Onyx in Seattle. Both are non-profit organizations whose mission is to challenge the perception of “black art” by showcasing visual artwork of artists of African ancestry created in a wide variety of mediums and featuring subjects which represent a wide spectrum of the Afrocentric experience. Onyx seeks to add to the rich cultural diverse landscape of the Pacific Northwest by celebrating commonalities and differences through visual art. 

CarlettaCarrington Wilson (Seattle, Washington):  Seattle artist Carletta Carrington Wilson fuses literary and visual works around a central iconic theme.  Textiles, text, found objects, beads and paper enhance, highlight, infer and interrogate an image and the ideas it presents and portrays.

A native of Philadelphia, Carletta’s work can be found in the Book Art Collections of the University of Washington, University of Puget Sound, the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, and the Judith A. Hoffberg Collection of Artists’ Books at UCLA.  She has exhibited at ArtXchange Gallery, Gallery 110, the Northwest African American Museum, Coalition Art Gallery, Gallery Rene, Columbia City Art Gallery, Onyx Fine Arts Exhibition, University of Puget Sound, Seward Park Audubon Center, Festival Sundiata, Richland Washington Public Library, and North Seattle Community College Art Gallery. Her literary works, including poetry, fiction and essays have been published widely. In 2011 she was artist in residence at the James W. Washington Foundation. 

The Chain Letter of Debtors is an interactive installation. This piece is part of the series, Book of the
Carletta Carrington Wilson, Chain Letter of Debtors
, which was first exhibited at the Northwest African American Museum in 2012-2013. The work invites the viewer to write a “letter” on a paper link to thank enslaved people for their contribution in the building of this nation, the Americas and throughout the world.  Each letter forms a link in a chain, a ghost chain, emblematic of the hold, unseen, yet fastening us to the everlasting past that lives in this very present day and time.

Carletta’s mixed-media collages have been described as “decorative with a message.”  Textiles, found objects, beads and paper revolve around a central iconic image.  These elements serve the purpose of enhancing, highlighting, inferring and interrogating the image and the ideas it presents and portrays.

Language is a visual medium, one by which form, shape and color inform an eye and shape a mind. Through the lens of history, I visit and revisit the role language has played in the creation of a past and the scripting of the future.

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. 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.  In 2017 we celebrated 15 years of collaboration with unique and talented artists from near and far.

Event Location/Contacts/Visit:

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

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.

Web site:


Tuesdays - Saturdays 11:00 – 6:00 pm
Sundays Noon – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, July 6, 2018

(This post is currently in progress.  Please enjoy it as we construct it in advance of the show's opening, and feel free to contact the gallery in the meantime with any questions.)

Summer is here, and another Artwalk awaits you on beautiful Bainbridge Island!  Do come downtown to visit us and the other terrific galleries, shops, and restaurants.  We'll be offering snacks, a sip of wine, chats with friends old and new and, as always, fabulous art.

Here's what is not to be missed in July:

New Work from Gallery Artists

July 6 - 31, 2018

Paintings & Prints:
Jan Branham, Karen Chaussabel, Pam Galvani, Sandy Haight
Meg Hartwell, Renee Jameson, Kathryn Lesh
Studio Furniture & Sculpture:
Sean Carleton, Marceil DeLacy, L. Wendy Dunder, Bill Galvani
Jeff Harmes, Peter Nawrot
Wearable Art:
David, NEO, Begona Rentero

Jewelry Artist
Beverly Sokol

First Friday Artwalk, July 6th, 6-8 pm

In Concert on the Plaza:

The Tracie Marsh Band

Jan Branham, Tulips, Monoprint/Collage
Marceil DeLacy, En Pointe, Maple
Beverly Sokol, Wood and Silver Earrings

About the Show: 
Symbolically, July is the month of change and transformation, inevitably bringing with it a certain whimsy that naturally overtakes creative minds during the warmer months.  This can lead us down many interesting pathways, as will be on display in this Gallery artists’ show of work inspired by the ease and light of summer, in the genres of Paintings and Prints, Studio Furniture and Sculpture and Wearable Art.

Introducing jewelry artist Beverly Sokol, who works with simple tools and raw materials such as gold, silver and wood to create unique contemporary jewelry designs.

Visit the Gallery in person, as well as our brand new Artists' Page on the Website and extensive Online Shop.

About the Artists:
(Please click on the images to view more of their work.)

Paintings & Prints:

Jan Branham, Tulips
Jan Branham:  After retiring from a 35-year career as a public school art teacher, Jan has become a full time printmaker and is now an active member of the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN), Southern Graphics Print Council, American Craft Council and Seattle Print Arts. She is currently involved in creating a body of work that she calls “ansisters,” using small snapshots of interesting individuals taken in the 1920s-‘50s as inspiration to create her own printed and collaged images that have developed a new life of their own on paper.

Karen Chaussabel describes herself as "a mixed media artist in the making."  Currently living on Bainbridge Island, Karen originally hails from France. She infuses her work with the nature and countryside of her youth, allowing her life experiences to impact her work. Karen works primarily in encaustic, pen and pencil, with mixed media. Along with her abstract and landscape work Karen presents a series of fruit- and vegetable-like forms, that give suggestions of the harvest, the heart's attachment to it, light, and summer.  (No show image available at this time; please click to visit her Artist Pages.)

Pam Galvani, Paros

Pam Galvani :  For many years, Pam taught history, calligraphy and English. Primarily a printmaker today, Pam has also been a  calligrapher for 40 years, incorporating gestural marks in her work. She is inspired by reading or hearing words, phrases or stories that resonate with her and by abstracting the original text, she hopes to discover and reveal ideas that go beyond what legible words may communicate. She travels widely and her art has been shown nationally and locally, including Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Sandy Haight, Inner Sanctum

Sandy Haight:   
Watercolor was first introduced to Sandy in a life drawing class. She loved the luminosity of the medium and continued to grow more familiar with the planning, strategy and execution of a painting. Thus watercolor and ink brush line became the basis for her illustration career for nearly twenty years.  She has always loved the sensuality of the medium, the glow of the colors and the fact that the paint moves and flows on its own, intermingling with other colors.  Her artwork appears on book jackets, ads, posters, logos and packaging all over the United States, in Canada, and Europe.

Meg Hartwell, Space and Time
Meg Hartwell: I was an operating room scrub nurse for fifteen years, passing scissor, clamp, even saws to help fix the human body. I was privileged to see and hold body organs, and x-ray images. Music was always playing in the background. The atmosphere in the room had a calm control in the midst of chaos. Tools or surgical instruments had a specific purpose and fascinated me. This experience influenced my art and shaped my life. The monoprinting process allows me to embrace happy accidents and mark making with an array of tools. I am creating a visual language inspired by vibrant colors, pop art, and abstract expressionism to evoke a sense of controlled calmness. I tear and cut, and approximate the printed tissue paper pieces into a final composition.

Renee Jameson, Red Mountain

Renee Jameson:  Renee is a monotype artist and currently the printmaker liaison for the BARN   (Bainbridge Artisan ResourceNetwork). Her work is represented in private collections in California and Bainbridge Island. She is inspired by the landscapes of Bainbridge and California, and tries to create a world that viewers can interpret and respond to in their own way. She considers herself an abstract artist and hopes to create a mood and atmosphere that will evoke an emotion or memory in the viewer.

Kathryn Lesh, Urn

Kathryn Lesh is a printmaker who is obsessed with the drama of light and the construction of space, which are starting points from which she explores the line between the abstract and the figurative. Her images capture people and moments that are abbreviated and abstracted enough to invite broad interpretation.

Wood & Steel Sculpture:

Sean Carleton, Shelf no. 23

Sean Carleton is a multi-disciplinary artist creating work in Bothell, Washington. A Washington native who has a lifelong passion for creating with his hands, his work ranges from unobtrusive yet sophisticated metalwork which supports beautiful Northwest hardwoods, to sculpturally artistic, dramatic metalwork as the emphasis of the piece. Carleton has been recognized for furniture design and quality by the Bellevue Art Museum and Northwest Woodworkers Gallery. 

Marceil Delacy, En Pointe
Marceil DeLacy’s love of carving began as a child living on the outskirts of Seattle. With a pocketknife, she created images from Ivory soap, then letter openers from kindling wood and arrows from tree suckers before graduating to the use of chisel and mallet. She learned her craft from the wood itself, letting it guide her eye and hand. In the early 1980s she began serious fine art sculpting, winning awards in juried shows and having her work shown in the Bellevue Art Museum. As human encroachment and climate change displace flora and fauna, her art serves as a way of giving voice to nature. To this end, she strives for simplicity of form and uses only a clear finish or no finish at all in order to let the natural color and beauty of the wood speak for itself. It’s a process she calls “listening to the forest.”

L. Wendy Dunder, Untitled
L. Wendy Dunder is a professional watercolor and acrylic painter, known for depicting landscapes, still life, animals, and people. Recently, however, her focus has shifted to creating sculptural lamps of bent wood and laminated paper.  Created from multiple layers of tissue paper glued in place over frameworks of materials such as thin-cut and bent wood, reed, bamboo, and welding rod, these illuminated sculptures spring to life as glowing wall sconces, table lamps and hanging lamps. Delicate and graceful in appearance, they are amazingly strong and functional.

Bill Galvani, whose professional background is as a museum director, carves using the traditional tools of drawknife, spokeshave, wood rasp, and knife. He prefers basswood, a hardwood that holds detail and takes a blade well. Carving shorebirds and ducks has encouraged him to study them, which has led him to participate in conservation activities that preserve birds and their habitats.  (No show image available at this time; please click to visit his Artist Pages.)

Jeff Harmes  (Biographical information and image available shortly.)

Peter Nawrot, Charcuterie Board

Peter Nawrot:  Originally from eastern Washington, near Spokane, Peter has been working as a high-end cabinet maker in the Seattle area. He is a passionate wood expert and real enthusiast on all wood types and specializes in figured woods from the Northwest.  He is now working on contemporary sculptures as well as functional pieces like food-related cutting boards, charcuterie boards, chopsticks and jewelry boxes.  His style may best be described as minimalism, featuring sleek, uncluttered lines and understated elegance.

Wearable Art:

David.Bali   (Biographical information available shortly.)

NEO, Coll 13
NEO  (Biographical information available shortly.)

Begona Rentero, Beautiful Raquel
Begoña Rentero:  A Spanish designer, originally from Granada, Begoña grew up in a family that had a profound respect for nature and the environment. These early influences developed into a passion for organic forms, color and movement inspired by nature. Begoña later translated this passion into a jewelry collection featuring a series of unique pieces. The colors and organic shapes of winter flowers, flora and sea fauna have inspired her latest collection of hand-made, exquisitely crafted jewelry. The pieces are made of special paper, fibers of silk, cotton, et cetera, that she prepares with a method she has developed to toughen them up for daily use, without compromising their delicate, organic aesthetic. Using only natural dyes her pieces both reflect and respect the environment and, as she says, "are so light you have to touch them to know that you're wearing them."

Beverly Sokol, Wood and Silver Earrings
Beverly Sokol  holds a BS in Textiles and Metals from Portland State University and further study in metals at the Oregon College of Arts and Craft.  An owner of a company which designed and produced fabric props for storytelling at schools and libraries throughout the United States for some 35 years, she now makes jewelry full-time at her studio near Portland. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in Oregon and California and she is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.


Event Location/Contact Us/Visit/:

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

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.

Web site:


Tuesdays - Saturdays 11:00 – 6:00 pm
Sundays Noon – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays