Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 2013 Gallery Picks Newsletter

Well, we've done it again:  Thanks to a busy summer and early fall, we're way behind with our September Gallery Picks!  In an effort to make amends, we're featuring some of our most comfy, cozy and feel-good items along with our artists' usual extraordinary art.  So throw another log on the fire and snuggle up while taking a peek at these irresistible treasures, ready to help you feather your nest.

Roost.  Michelle de la Vega
Michelle de la Vega is known as a metal artist, but that description barely scratches
the surface of her many talents.  This large piece, entitled Roost, has an initial feel
of minimalism.  Upon contemplation, however, there seems a calm yet precise
interplay of, perhaps, twigs and branches with empty space; or is it space that one
might fill with personal delights?  The vertical "bamboo" motifs suggest stability, a
comforting commodity for turbulent times.

Created from archival ink and charcoal on canvas and standing 7 feet tall by 3 feet wide,
it is a significant work that would make an excellent focal point on a large wall.

Hand-woven Shirt.  Bryan Johnson

You'll be seeing more of these as we head into the winter season.

Not only because these shirts are hand-woven, nor because the artist is 
an awesomely talented weaver and designer who lives right down
the road, nor because they are snuggly-soft and hand-washable (destined
to become even more snuggly-soft when washed).
Not even simply because they are beautifully constructed, make great clothing
for both you gentlemen and we ladies, and are guaranteed
to drive the cold winter away...

No, you'll be seeing more of these because they... are... FABULOUS!

Please don't take our word for it.  Come in and admire.
(Touching is encouraged!)

And while we're gushing...

Hand-woven Scarves.  Bryan Johnson
Bryan also makes these wonderful scarves and shawls that, once
again, are perfect for both Him and Her (what terrific gifts!).
He works with combinations of many fibers, such as alpaca, angora, mohair,
wool, cotton, rayon and silk, for creations that are as beautiful as they
are warm and practical.

Here's a little more information about Bryan:

Weaver Bryan Johnson was born here in Kitsap County and went to design school
in Seattle.  He was recruited by Ocean Pacific in 1978 to design outerwear in
Southern California.  From that point on, he developed young men’s garments,
creating both fabric and silhouette.  Bryan returned to the Kitsap peninsula
to “retire” and create on a much smaller and rewarding scale.

  You can visit some of his available pieces in our online shop, listed separately:
A lovely smaller blue scarf; rusty orange scarf; and a shawl in warm

And there will be more to come!  Watch our online shop, here.

Neckpiece, Painted Sunset.  Christine L. Sundt
Tiny gourds?  Berries??  Something nearly ripe from the autumn harvest???

Actually, these are beads wrapped in hand-painted silk, artfully strung onto khaki
nylon cord with repurposed aluminum bead caps, brass spacers and tubing, and a
Chinese freshwater cultured pearl dangle.  Delicious!

About the artist:

Christine L. Sundt's designs can be considered wearable sculpture as much
as they are jewelry.  Beyond her interest in jewelry creation, Christine is a visual
resources curator and art historian. With degrees from the University of Illinois, Chicago
and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she began her career in visual
resources at Madison. Prior to moving to Oregon in 1983, she was the
founding president of the Visual Resources Association and was named
Technology Editor of Visual Resources. As a faculty member and visual resources
curator in the library at the University of Oregon since 1985, she was promoted
to full professor in 1999. She has served as a consultant regarding imaging management
and technology for academic institutions as well as corporations.

About her jewelry style and technique, Christine comments:

Pieces of metal, faceted or natural stones, colors, textures around me are
the forces that help me shape and make my jewelry designs. I draw
inspiration from art and nature, but seldom start with a firm idea of what my
final design will be. My drawings are merely records of thoughts rather than
plans or patterns. Works come together on my workbench as elements
find each other through proximity, association, and chance.

I enjoy working in precious metals, but cannot resist the possibilities of
other metals and even found objects such as coins, parts from old, discarded
jewelry, and broken or shattered stone (the slate in some of my pieces, for example).
I am inclined to produce geometric, highly stylized and polished pieces,
despite the unstructured nature of some of these elements.

The Painted Sunset neckpiece has matching earrings; visit them here.

Autumn Throw.  Frantastic
We promised you comfy and cozy, didn't we?

In our humble opinion, you can't get more cozy than when wrapped up in
this gorgeous hand-knitted throw by Fran Goldberg, the happy knitter behind
the Frantastic line of knitwear.  Orange, rust, brown, and grey, in the softest
combination of mohair, wool, nylon, and raw silk fibers, it is one-of-a-kind.

As the season progresses, keep an eye on our online shop for more items from Fran
- we usually have a good selection of her scarves, fingerless gloves, hats,
purses, shrugs, and neck warmers.

We muse aloud over that eternal dilemma:
Was winter invented solely so Fran could knit
something warm to keep it from us...?


Woodfired Mortar and Pestle.  Robin Hominiuk
Head to the kitchen for autumn cooking, baking, and a little
wildly-abandoned spice-grinding.

One of Robin's best-sellers, these little mortar and pestle sets
are not only sweet, but both functional and decorative.  A quick look through
her listings in our online shop show the versatility of this artist, who
works successfully in a wide range of sizes and styles, ranging from serious
art pieces (torsos, large sculptural vases) to the functional (coming soon, e.g.:
juice-sized cups, butter dish, gravy boat).  Her comments:

A lump of clay is a seductive thing - it is the beginning of a journey, an
exploration of possibilities.  My clay work is inspired by many things, from the
practical considerations of the everyday utilitarian - the plate-cup-bowl…
that you envision and know will give joy in its function and beauty, to the
natural world that surrounds us, like the softly rounded water-etched rocks
that are formed by the river near our home.  Inspiration also comes from
sources a little more obscure – a dream from the previous night, or perhaps
from that weird thing that just happened to the piece you are working on!

Incidentally, Robin is also a wonderful jeweler!

Explore her diverse talents in the Gallery, and here on these pages.

Fringed Vest.  Lou Zeldis
In keeping with our promise to bring you all things comfy and cozy, how about
a little more of that fab fringe?

(Warning:  Proximity to this item may bring you in touch with your Inner Hippie,
unabashedly yearning to flash a Peace Sign, grow an Afro, or groove to Hendrix.
Or the Beatles.  Whatever.  Totally up to you.)

The incomparable Lou Zeldis gets funky with this warm-toned vest in hand-drawn
cotton batik and orange-tan ikat, replete with fringe, reversible, pockets inside
and out, and decorated with tiny mirror insets.

To quote John Denver, "Far Out!"

And now, last but not in any way least:

Party Cups, Red-Orange.  Ted Jolda
The sparkling glow, luscious color and jaunty demeanor of these
harvest-red Party Cups practically demanded a place on the list.
I know, I know, we've recently featured the little darlings on these pages,
but who would deny them another turn?

Not us.

They're available in a standard size or as Minis (about shot-glass size, or
for you civilized types, just right for a sip or two of sherry.  Dry, of course.)
Visit them with all their relatives here, or come on into the Gallery to touch:
they are the most comfortable glasses you will ever hold, and make perfect gifts.

We'll be back soon with October's Picks; in the meantime, if you'd like notice sent right to your inbox when it's ready, or for advance warning of exhibits, concerts and sales, pass along your e-mail address to  We'll put you on the list.  You can also join the RSS feed - see link at the bottom of the page.  Oh, and if you notice a broken link, let us know, if you have a moment.  Thank you!

Happy Autumn!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Announcing: Annex at Sotheby's

The Island Gallery is pleased to announce that it now exhibits art at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, whose beautiful offices are located at 271 Madison Avenue S., here on Bainbridge Island.  Sotheby’s, with offices throughout the United States and globally, is well known for its promotion of art.  We are delighted for the additional viewing opportunity this presents to our customers and artists alike.

Currently showing: paintings by Kathleen Faulkner, Curt Labitzke, Martha Reisdorf and Irene Yesley; furniture by Donald Smith and Wendy Dunder; and raku ceramics by Stephanie Oliveira.

The Bainbridge Island office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and on First Fridays until 8 pm.  Visit them online here.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Congratulations, Begoña Rentero!

A heartfelt congratulations to our incomparable artist, Begoña Rentero, whose fabulous jewelry creations in treated fiber papers has been wowing our customers for the last few years.  It was recently announced that she has been selected to participate as one of the fifty best emerging and acclaimed jewelry artists in the world by the Museum of Art and Design in New York City!  Her artistry will be on display in the LOOT 2013: MAD About Jewelry show and sale running from Tuesday October 1 through Saturday, October 5.  

For the occasion Begoña presents a collection with special editions, and the creation of an exclusive model designed for the event.  (Feel free to contact the Gallery for further information on new styles as they become available.)

About LOOT:  Now in its 13th year, LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, the Museum of Art and Design’s juried selling exhibition of artist-made jewelry, has earned the reputation of being the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary art and studio jewelry by both artists and collectors alike.  LOOT will feature a range of work, including inventively modern pieces in gold, sterling silver and semiprecious stones alongside jewelry made of unexpected materials such as titanium, stainless steel, glass, wood, rubber, fabric, and found objects.

Last year, MAD honored renowned jewelry artist Axel Russmeyer with the first LOOT Award for Contemporary Art Jewelry. This annual prize is in keeping with the long-standing commitment of the Museum of Arts and Design to present jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum to possess a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry, which it began assembling soon after its founding in 1956.

To date, LOOT has showcased famous jewelry artists like Eva Eisler, Robert Lee Morris and Kara Ross along with newer names—thus becoming an important platform to launch the careers of many young, cutting-edge creators from around the globe. In 2012, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Japan, and Tasmania were just some of the countries represented in the diverse roster of featured artists.  This year’s participating LOOT artists and LOOT Award recipient will be announced in the spring.

Proceeds from the selling show benefit the Museum's exhibition and education programs.

Visit our online shop or come into the Gallery to view this artist's amazing jewelry!  Some of the items shown below are not yet available in the web shop but will be very shortly.  Here's a quick look:

Necklace Beijing
Earrings Monet
Necklace Flandes

Necklace Nuku Hiva

Earrings Nuku Hiva
Necklace Monet
Necklace Tibet
Necklace Tahuata

Wood + Metal + Paper = Sculpture

What an all-around tremendous First Friday Artwalk!  September shows are often like that, as the kids head back to school, temperatures begin to cool, and everyone relaxes into old routines, while hoping for an abundant harvest (all you farmers) and a happy upcoming holiday season.

Someone forgot to turn down the heat here at the Gallery, however, and the crowds turned out for a beautiful sculpture show featuring artists Nathan Christopher and Michelle de la Vega. (Please see our most recent artwalk "You're Invited" post for more information on the artists.)   Here's Nathan with his sculpture, La Serena:

This piece is created from a found piece of madrone and mounted on a steel rod with reclaimed marble base.  It is 67" tall x 19" deep.  You can find more information for it here.

Seattle metal artist Michelle de la Vega posed for us beside her wall sculpture Going Home, and behind her table sculpture, God Land:

The God Land piece is of especial interest.  Here's a close-up of it, taken from one end:

As Michelle describes it, it is created from "steel, and photocopies of my maternal grandmother's memoirs about her early life with my grandfather on the sprawling CO Bar and Hashknife ranches in Arizona, and the Navajo Kinlichee reservation."   There are several thousand tiny, carefully folded rolls of personal family history residing in this sculpture.  (Not for sale.)

Going Home, on the other hand, while also deeply personal, is available for purchase (coming to our web shop soon or in the Gallery).  It is created from photocopies of historical family documents going back to two sets of great-grandparents, including birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, WWII ration cards, social security cards, obituaries, report cards, teaching certificates and more.  Framed in an old barn window.

Going Home.  Michelle de la Vega

Several more of Nathan's pieces:

Bye-bye.  Nathan Christopher
Fir on Tigerwood base

Shelf.  Nathan Christopher
Salvaged walnut from an orchard
In Corvallis, Oregon

Tropics. Nathan Christopher
Palm Wood from Costa Rica

And more from Michelle:

Roost.  Michelle de la Vega
Archival ink and charcoal on canvas

Type.  Michelle de la Vega
Burnt paper, archival ink, charcoal, paint, graphite
on concrete board

Steel Headboard.  Michelle de la Vega
Salvaged and new steel

These and other works by Nathan and Michelle will soon be available in our web shop.  The exhibition runs through September at the Gallery.  Please call the Gallery for further information.

Friday, September 13, 2013

First Friday Concert: Rock and Roll

My goodness, we're happy the roof is still on here at The Winslow after a First Friday concert that knocked off everyone's socks!  Our Music Man Peter Spencer put together an amazing trio, comprised of himself and Jonathan Green on electric guitar with Terry Marsh on drums.

Terry, Jon & Peter
Then they blew our minds with two solid hours of hard-driving versions of Jimi Hendrix and Cream compositions.  No one was standing still, the place was rocking, and the evening was a terrific success.  We've used the term "Superlative" to describe this concert, but perhaps an even more evocative way to put it is....


Peter will be back with another First Friday show in October and, as always, we can't wait!  Details will be posted as we get them.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Name That Sculpture!

We had a terrific First Friday and show opening for the September sculpture show (more about that shortly).

But we have a problem:  One of the sculptures remains unnamed.

So, in a word, HELP!

Artist Nathan Christopher has asked our customers to offer suggestions to name this wonderful piece:

Cedar from the Olympic Peninsula
Steel spring from Eastern Washington farm equipment
Bainbridge Island Maple (rescued from the fireplace)

Any thoughts?

Nathan has said that if he picks yours, and you decide you'd like to purchase the sculpture, you'll receive a discount.  So should inspiration strike please drop us a note with your suggestions, either directly here at the blog or e-mail us privately at or  In the meantime, you can visit it in our online shop by clicking on the link above or here for further information.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New Cups and Bowls, Oh My!


Groups of two of our Favorite Things have just arrived, so recently that the individual pieces aren't up in the online shop yet (but they will be soon, no worries!).


We were down to the last few of our Ted Jolda party cups when lo and behold, a nice big order came in.  The colors available in the Gallery are as shown: pink, blue, lime green, green, purple, yellow, brown and red.  And he sent us a bonus:  the cutest little Mini party cups you can imagine!  They're just like their larger relatives, but in shot-glass size, more or less.  (A sip of dry sherry, anyone?  How terribly civilized!)  We have them in lavender, brown, lime green, green, turquoise, pink and red.

Quantities available in the Gallery in each color are limited, but we can special order them for you.  Please contact us to order multiples.  Remember, this is a very sought-after artist, so be sure to order early if you're thinking about holiday entertaining.  (Allow at least a month for delivery.)  The regular-sized cups are $20.00 each; the Minis are $15.00 each.

And Second:

Yes, the very popular Eggshell Bowls from Robin Hominiuk!  We have a nice group of new ones, including one in a large size that we haven't seen before.  They are wood-fired porcelain and stoneware, all absolutely one-of-a-kind.

The small bowls are $125.00 each; the large one is $225.00.

Again, we'll have individual listings up in the online shop as soon as possible

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September First Friday Artwalk: You're Invited!

We're putting together the finishing touches for September 6th's First Friday Artwalk!  Here are some of the details:

Northwest Sculptors:

Nathan Christopher
Michelle de la Vega

September 6 – 29, 2013

Artist’s Reception, First Friday, September 6, 6-8 pm

Featuring Music from Bainbridge Island’s

Peter Spencer and Friends
in concert on the Plaza

Artists Nathan Christopher and Michelle de la Vega present wood, metal and paper sculptures using salvaged and found materials.  Their backgrounds in environmental science, film, acting, and dance influence the range of their art.

Location:  400 Winslow Way E., #120, Bainbridge Island, Washington

About the Artists:  

Nathan Christopher:  Nathan Christopher‘s work merges sustainability and functionality with the aesthetics of unique and artful design.  With a degree in Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University, Nathan places a huge emphasis on timeless elements created by nature.

Each piece is conceived and crafted according to the history, nuance and texture of the reclaimed wood used.  Nathan creates furniture with character.

Michelle de la Vega:  Michelle de la Vega is a Seattle based visual and installation artist, designer and welder.  Her design aesthetic has a re-purposed industrial sensibility that reflects a vision of economy, functionality and precise artistic attention to detail.

As a welder Michelle makes sculpture, and designs and fabricates custom steel table bases and furniture.  She also works in mixed media assemblage, sculpture, and installation.

Prominent themes in her current work are stories centered on personal narrative, family history and relationships. Her artworks create an aesthetic rapport between highly developed detail and precision, and an organic, deeply humanistic character.  The patterning of repetition, theme and variation creates a sense of heredity and evolution, and was cultivated through listening to baroque music growing up as well as during her formative years spent as a professional dancer. Connections between these elements are assembled through a process of writing, drawing, collage, dialogue and research. In terms of scale and spatial design Michelle’s work has been influenced by designing and building living spaces.

In 2010 a 250 square foot Mini House Michelle designed, built and lives in were the subject of a 3 page feature article on the cover of the New York Times Home and Garden section. She and the house have also been featured in MORE Magazine, Scoops Homes and Art in Western Australia, as well as in renowned London designer Terrence Conran’s book, How to Live in Small Spaces, in October 2012. 

Michelle received her education and training from Otis Parsons in Los Angeles, California (visual art), Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington (dance) and the South Seattle Community College Welding and Metal Fabrication Program.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


For all the many folk who enjoy Eva Funderburgh's amazing ceramic Beasts, here are three more reasons to love them:

Beast with Crystalline Wings

Elegant Beast

Refined Beast
We welcome these critters to the menagerie here at the Gallery; do come pay them a visit (they like visitors!).  Or simply click on the individual Beast's name to view more information about him/her in our online shop.