Friday, August 25, 2017

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, September 1, 2017

We are delighted to extend our stunning August show, Expanding Vistas:  Jen Till, through September.

Sea Mother.  Jen Till.  Oil on canvas.  30" x 40"

For more information on this show, please visit our show post here, and the review of the opening Reception on August 4th, here.


A Little About the Show:  

Date:  First Friday Artwalk:  September 1, 6-8 pm

Continuing:  New Work from Bainbridge Island artist Jen Till.  In this collection Jen wields a loose brush, incorporating greater liquid and flow into her paints, to pleasing effect.  Showing an easy familiarity with her medium - oils on board and canvas - she continues to translate the beauty of her natural surroundings into studies of landscapes and objects, creating gauzy, accessible, yet highly personal works of emotion and memory.


New in September:  We are also featuring New Fall Arrivals in Wearable Art:  Raincoats and outer wear from Winding River, woven and felted pieces from two new textile artists, unisex tee-shirts of cotton and inset vintage kimono from Chiho Couture, bags from Tumar Art of Kyrgystan, and jewelry ready to enhance autumn outfits from artists Christine L. Sundt and Carolina Andersson.

 A quick preview of some of these new pieces:


Above:  artfully crafted combinations of cotton tee-shirts and vintage silk kimono from Chiho Couture.






Above:  Ready for autumn!  Beautiful new jewelry from artist Carolina Andersson.


In Concert on the Plaza:  The Jenny Davis Trio.

Event Location: 

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

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.




http://eepurl.com/cy-Y2j


Monday, August 7, 2017

Expanding Vistas: First Friday Photos, August 4, 2017



August 25, 2017 UPDATE:  We are delighted to announce that this wonderful show has been extended through September 2017.  For further information visit our newest show post, here, or the original post, here.

Although we don't really have curvy walls, this panoramic photo nicely dovetails with the title of The Island Gallery's August, 2017 exhibition:  Expanding Vistas.  Our First Friday Artwalk patrons were welcomed to a wonderful treat indeed, the quiet joy of Jen Till's ever-pleasing oil paintings.  Jen, a resident of Bainbridge Island, is one of our many extraordinary local artists, and her distinctive, gauzy style never fails to draw in and entrance the viewer.

Here we will share a few moments from the Artwalk, for which we had a good turnout despite the very hot weather and overcast, orangey skies, brought to us by the many wildfires in British Columbia.  The food, provided by Metro Market, vanished as usual (more about that below) and the crowd was thoroughly entertained by The Tracie Marsh Band, featuring ultra-talented Tracie on vocals while simultaneously playing her bass viol; delightful!  We'll give you a look at Jen's beautiful new paintings, which may also be seen on her Artist's Pages; simply click on this link for a tranquil stroll through her impressive body of work.

(You can also go directly to the paintings shown below via their individual links to her Artist's Pages.)

First, here's Jen herself, beside her glorious abstract, Sea Mother, a cool and complex treat for a special room:

http://theislandgallery.net/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_138&products_id=2407

In this collection Jen wields a newly loose brush, incorporating greater liquid and flow
into her paints, to pleasing effect.  Showing an easy familiarity with her medium -
oils on board and canvas - she continues to translate the beauty of her natural
surroundings into studies of landscapes and objects, creating gauzy, accessible,
yet highly personal works of emotion and memory.  This piece, Sea Mother,
is notable in Jen's portfolio as it is her first major entirely abstract piece.
Jen's childhood was spent close to the seaside, absorbing the wonders
of her natural surroundings; this luminous creation reflects
those experiences.

http://theislandgallery.net/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_138&products_id=2356

The rich Soft Quiet.
This piece was displayed with a poem that
often serves to inspire Jen as she works:


http://theislandgallery.net/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_138&products_id=2417

Enhancing the beckoning Dreaming of a Northwest Passage is
a beautiful floral grouping, provided by local florist Flowering Around.
For many years, these great folks have delighted us with their
elegant approach to flower arrangement.  They sent along
two for the evening, specially matched to the paintings.

http://theislandgallery.net/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_138&products_id=2418

Morning Promise rises behind a cluster of fragrant, pale
lilies, roses and freesia.


Shown here:  Far left, Sea Mother; center, Soft Quiet; and the
gentle yet impactful query on climate change, Vanishing North.
 

As we can see, Jen is very comfortable working in large formats, but displayed with
the large horizontal pieces - some can be seen above, with Morning Promise and
Dreaming of a Northwest Passage - are several of her smaller works, which are
equally enchanting.  Make sure to include a good, long look at these little gems
when you visit the show: Their tranquillity settles in the soul.

An Artist's Tools

 Displayed during the show to offer a more intimate peek inside Jen's studio
are objects she uses in her work, from the able helpers of brushes to
sources of her inspiration - including the autoharp she often plays.


Jen chats with patrons and fellow artists, including Mark and Janet,
(above).  Janet's glorious floral brooches were much in evidence during
the evening.  Here's a peek at her work, which Karen used as a wrist accent
to soften the look of a modern wrap bracelet/necklace from NEO.
(Janet's work can be seen on her Artist's Pages; NEO's terrific neoprene
jewelry is also available in the Gallery and online right here.)


How's that for a great summer statement?

One last serene look:

http://theislandgallery.net/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_138&products_id=2415

A long side view of Morning Mist, a smaller vertical work,
nicely set off by mottled blue-green hydrangeas.

Oh, and about that vanishing food?
This is some of what disappeared, and those wonderful lemon bars!


Bainbridge Island's splendid Metro Market did it again!

Stay tuned for information on our September show, as well as the next
Gallery Picks Newsletter.  If you'd like to sign up to receive our news
directly in your inbox (and you really should!), it's easy: 

http://eepurl.com/cy-Y2j

Have a wonderful August, and enjoy the celestial art
coming up on August 21st - the Solar Eclipse!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, August 4, 2017



The Island Gallery is delighted to present a collection of new work from
Bainbridge Island artist Jen Till.  


Expanding Vistas

Jen Till

August 4 – 31, 2017

Opening Reception:

First Friday, August 4, 6-8 pm

In Concert on the Plaza:

The Tracie Marsh Band


About the Show:

In this collection Jen wields a loose brush, incorporating greater liquid and flow
into her paints, to pleasing effect.  Showing an easy familiarity with her medium -
oils on board and canvas - she continues to translate the beauty of her natural
surroundings into studies of landscapes and objects, creating gauzy, accessible,
yet highly personal works of emotion and memory.


About the Artist:


Jen Till spent her childhood years in a seaside village, Manchester-by-the-Sea,
Massachusetts, along the New England coast. Surrounded by the seasons during
her formative years led Jen to look to nature as the basis of all her work as a
painter today.  Inspired by her many creative family members, she was
fortunate to be entirely embraced in her budding love of art throughout childhood.
Jen went on to the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied Painting
and Textiles. After graduating, Jen moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where
she began to explore painting the vast landscape and light of the Southwest.
Eventually making her way to the West Coast, Jen now lives, paints, teaches
and works as a freelance textile designer on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

In some of my new work I have tried to paint more loosely and with more
liquid and flow in my paint.... all from emotion and memory.  I try to create
more beauty and light for our world and to connect inner feeling with the
things which inspire me visually. It is an effort to work intuitively and connect
to spirit. I enjoy this process of letting things just be as they are, on the canvas.
I am also just beginning to explore new ways to paint nature in smaller works by
bringing in objects such as trees, birds, flowers or a moon in an effort to tell a
painted story of the spirit of the forest.  I am fascinated and inspired by the
richness of my natural surroundings and the mysteries of life.

About the Musicians:


The Tracie Marsh Band

Tracie Marsh, a Seattle area native, has been a musician since she was five
years old. She holds a bass performance degree from Washington State
University and has traveled the world performing music of all styles. While
living in Boston, Tracie played in several bands and held the principal bass
position in The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. She also worked four
years aboard cruise ships playing for large productions and entertainers such as
The Platters, The Drifters and many other Las Vegas acts. Since moving to Poulsbo
in 2005, Tracie has been a busy bassist/singer performing in several music
projects, and studio session work.   Her current project, The Tracie Marsh Band,
plays jazz and adult contemporary music and has been described as a “wicked
combination of feel good music and a band that is devastatingly hip and talented”. 
 Recently, she has released a long-awaited CD called Reflections, featuring
some of the finest musicians in the Puget Sound region.


Also in August:
Four Birds.  Jacki Moseley


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.

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.