Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gallery Picks Newsletter: Spring 2017

We've been busy here at the Gallery!  This is nothing new, but finally the decks have cleared a bit and we can announce a brand-new installment of our Gallery Picks Newsletter.  If you haven't joined us for one of these before, not to worry:  we'll explain as we go along.

In this edition we show off gorgeous new items from several of our incomparable artists, both established and new to the Gallery; we are excited to share their always-amazing work with you.  We will also touch on our latest forays into social media, and ways you can get to know us and our artists better.  With so many of us participating in social media these days, why not join in?  Interactions are easy, it's fun, and many of our artists are already actively involved and inspiring us to do more.  We'll delve a little deeper in a subsequent post.  So stay tuned, and keep these icons in mind:

Also featured:  An extended look at the ceramic art of Sarah Kaye, new to the Gallery this month.

Don't forget:  We've divided our featured artists' work to correspond with their shop sections.  You can access the shop sections to see all the contributing artists by clicking on the section titles.  Some artists work across mediums, but we will always alert you to it, as well as pointing out any accessories by other artists that might appear in photos.  For more details, to indulge in a little window shopping, or to purchase directly from the comfort of your home, simply click on individual photos to be transported to the Gallery's extensive online Shop.  There are actually lots of handy links sprinkled throughout the post to connect you ever deeper with the artists, their lives, and their art via our main web site and related posts on this blog.  (It's quite magical, isn't it!)

Without further ado, let's take a look at these lovely new items currently gracing the Gallery.

The Extraordinary Art of Carol Lee Shanks.  (Photo credit: Elizabeth Opalenik)
The stunning bunny mask heralds not only spring, but serves to
highlight the talents of textile artist extraordinaire Carol Lee Shanks.
For example, look at the gorgeous fabrics adorning the Bunny and
its model (we suspect beneath the mask we might find the
artist herself!  But our lips are sealed...)
(So sorry - Bunny is not for sale.)
Her enduring designs and canny fabric choices are always
bold, unexpected, exciting, yet align closely with elegant classicism,
making her clothing eminently wearable.

Here are several examples, with more to be found on Carol's
artist pages, here, along with her impressive biography.

Fine Line Jacket.  Carol Lee Shanks
Spring in the Northwest:  blue skies, crisp breezes, rhododendrons...
and the perfect jacket.
And just because we can, here's another look at it:
 So beautiful, and what a lovely photo.  The colors and awakening
landscape remind us of something pastoral and peaceful, a
country escape, perhaps.
The necklace, Begona Rentero's mauve Holanda, is a cluster of paper
tulips perfectly aligning with the spring feel and theme of this post,
and can be found with Begona's other collection of necklaces,
right here.

 Ready for spring, with summer promises... layer
now, slip on later with no more than a fun piece of
jewelry (this necklace is a NEO creation; see more of
this favorite jewelry line here).

An elegant cape style top, over fun plaid capri pants. So obviously
Carol Lee Shanks, showing her distinctive styling from top to toe.  We love the
little touches... black lace?  My my.... a tiny flourish of romance.
Ah, yes.
Carol, your designs continue to thrill us!

New to the Gallery this month, Susan Eastman stuns with simple lines,
bold colors, rich textiles.  Her background is in fine art, easily apparent
in her work, along with her obvious love of textiles.  The magic occurs
when she captures the symbiosis occurring between the two.

Her pieces are handmade, one of a kind and limited editions, more of 
which can be viewed on her new artist's pages (to view, click here).
Raw Silk Tunics.  Susan Eastman
These tunics are glorious raw silk, perfect with leggings or even over a
longer skirt.  Or palazzo pants?  Why not!  You'll create a scene!
Here they dance in an April breeze and play well with Begona Rentero
paper jewelry (see the gorgeous turquoise one shown, and
Begona's entire necklace collection here).

Below, a soft jersey top with hand-painted swirling:

And its complementary piece striking, pleasingly dotted:

We are delighted to welcome Susan to the Gallery!

Issey Shirt, Silk & Linen.  Kay Chapman
Simply put, we love Kay's work.
And we're not alone (proof: her pieces fly out of the Gallery
almost as soon as we receive them.  You have been warned!).  Although we
have carried her work for years, her classic designs, paired with an ever-
changing color palette, the flexible way she mixes and
matches patterns and fabrics, these never fail to capture - and hold -
our attention.  What's more, her pieces look good
on everybody; whether dressed up, dressed down - on everybody.

Visit her artist's pages here.

Light Table no. 66.  Sean Carleton
So very distinctive, this lovely piece arrived in
the Gallery in time for the April show opening of
Lighting Up Spring.  Note the inset lamp and complex
design, which includes walnut salvaged from right here
on Bainbridge Island, Washington.  This is always a
nice extra, in our book.

Here's a look from another angle:
This is a truly fascinating piece, with its modern melding of glass,
wood and steel elements, and easy functionality.  Even with its industrial vibe and
unusual asymmetry, it still gives a nod to the saber or cabriole leg of classic
Queen Anne or Victorian stylings, as seen in their gentle lower curves.  What a
very nice touch, assuring the table's acceptance into any decor.

Another of Sean's pieces, offering a lovely way to
showcase a special piece of art:

Fir Console no. 47.  Sean Carleton

From above, showing off the views afforded by this
elegant console:

Fir Console no. 47.  Sean Carleton
Visit his artist's pages, under Furniture & Custom Design: Dining/Living and
Sculpture, Wood & Metal, which shows his extraordinary shelving
and lighting pieces.

Speaking of Social Media:  Whenever we Tweet a photo of one of
Chris's birdhouses, it is quickly retweeted (seems appropriate, yes?).
The little houses' current or future inhabitants must have Twitter's inside track.
Of course they do.

And apparently they like what they see here:
Up To Data Chick.  Chris Thompson
What self-respecting feathered friend wouldn't want to
take up residence in this?

Another view:

Yes, yes, these two are very similar, with different
orientation of woods, which we doubt even the most
discerning woodland creature would mind.
Either one has lots of room for entertaining and growing families.
We understand these abodes pop up in excellent neighborhoods, near
food (Take-out?  Delivery?) and transportation routes, and other than squirrels,
the neighbors are usually on their best behavior.

See more of these whimsical pieces, and learn something
about Chris on his artist pages. For his birdhouses simply click here.
To view his wooden boxes, a click here is the quickest,
as-the-crow-flies, route!

Whether creating with patinated metal, soft leather, or radiant resin,
Seattle artist Erika Laureano focuses on color, texture and found objects captured in resin
in her collections of one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, cuffs and rings.  Below are
two of her cuffs, glowing aqua chalcedony on the left, patinated metal on the right.

It is interesting to note that Erika's colors often seem to reflect the palette of
Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures as seen in the Chihuly Garden & Glass shop,
at the Seattle Center.

Meg Hartwell

Our newest monotype artist, Meg has her home and studio
right here on Bainbridge Island.
Geometric Jingle.  Meg Hartwell
Her vibrant monotypes, and monotype collages like this one, provide glowing
bridges of color from winter gloom to spring verve.  What could possibly
be more cheering than hanging one of these on a well-chosen wall, to
complete the seasons' transitions?  But looking beyond the bright colors,
we see something else:  Edge.  And we don't mean pointy corners.
There's a dichotomy here, speaking, perhaps, of two sides of life,
or two camera angles of the same subject, cheerfully set one on top of the
other in an effort to meld the two.

This piece is particularly pleasing, and rife with hints of something more.  Unseen.
But it certainly isn't alone.
The colors and forms used in the piece below, for example, are a blend of
wild, glorious - yet somehow subtle - sophistication.  Possibly a hint of a dark side.
Crossed with your favorite lollipops.

Pink Purple Planes.  Meg Hartwell
  Such great color, rooted in deceptively simple zones, but...floating, somehow.
Megaliths, monoliths, floating.  And grounded at the same time.  Entrancing.

And another:
Memory.  Meg Hartwell
This is also a monotype, with salt used as a resist.  It seems to
twinkle, from the depths of amorphous (but streaked) cloud in deep
earth tones that are...otherworldly?

We may have mixed up all sorts of analogies in trying
to describe Meg's work.  We make no apologies.
But we challenge you to look away.

Visit Meg here for more information on her work and philosophies.

Porcelain Vase, Wide.  Sarah Kaye
Porcelain, delicate to the eye but sturdy for the ages, is persuaded into
surprising shapes via Sarah's well-practiced techniques.  This vase,
for example, was cast in a zip-lock bag!
A closer look:

Porcelain Vase, Wide; Detail.  Sarah Kaye
The gentle "wrinkles" are most pleasing, aren't they?

Based in Seattle, this artist sparks the imagination with
her deceptively simple - and obviously elegant - slip cast forms.
Large Bowl.  Sarah Kaye
To add another level of visuals to this Newsletter, our
intrepid Staff journeyed across Puget Sound to Georgetown, a
newly artsy enclave in the south end of Seattle.  Long an old,
blue-collar neighborhood languishing quietly on the banks of the
Duwamish River, Georgetown has recently attracted a crowd
of up-and-coming artists, fleeing the pricey and arguably stuffy confines
of Downtown.  Having discovered the warehouse-studio spaces
snuggled adjacent to galleries, trendy restaurants and microbreweries,
they are finding them greatly to their liking.
Sarah Kaye is among these bold artists.

Sarah in her studio
Sarah uses porcelain, its utter whiteness a perfect foil to
dark contrasting colors.  The designs are simple, or at least
deceptively so; but whether complex or familiar, her goal is to
have you hold them in your hands.

Which sounds like a really good idea:

(We would like three or four... no, all of these, please...)

Scenes from Sarah's studio:

Her sparkling electric kiln...

A tall vat - or blunger - for mixing liquid porcelain, before it is
poured into molds, a process known as slip casting.

The resulting treasures.

To see more of the treasures coming out of Sarah's studio, and to read about
her life and art, visit her here.


As we mentioned at the top of the post, we've been dipping our toes into social media lately.
The possibilities are intriguing, and endless.  We'll talk more about this in a separate post,
but for now, you'll be seeing these must-click icons in our correspondence, our brand-new
mailers, here on the blog, and on our main web site.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

You're Invited: Exhibition - Lighting Up Spring. First Friday Artwalk, April 7, 2017

Time to brush off the winter gloom and seek spring in all its glory, with lovely changing light and blossoms preparing to burst into bloom.  Here's one way to start afresh:  Visit the Gallery on First Friday to celebrate the season with our upcoming Gallery event, Lighting Up Spring.  Here's all the info you need:

Sean Carleton
L. Wendy Dunder
KT Hancock

April 7 – 30, 2017

Opening Reception with the Artists:

First Friday, April 7, 6-8 pm

In the Front Space:
Introducing Bainbridge Island Monotype Artist
Meg Hartwell

No. 62 Emerald City Lantern.  Sean Carleton and KT Hancock.  Steel and glass.  41” x 30” x 68”
Harper’s Bazaar, Illuminated Sculpture.  L. Wendy Dunder.  Wood and paper.  25” t x 19”w
No. 54 Light in the Dark.  Sean Carleton.  Steel and glass.  3' x 3' x 9'

About the Show:

One-of-a-kind sculptural illuminations that enhance daily living, made from wood and paper, steel and glass, for indoor and outdoor use. 

In the Front Space:  Introducing Meg Hartwell and her recent abstract monotypes.

About the Artists:

Sean Carleton (Bothell, Washington)

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.

Sean gives us the background on two of his pieces:

no. 54 Light in the Dark

In 2015 I dreamt of this series of sculptures while sleeping. My entire life has been dedicated to passionate work with my hands and this piece is one of my highest achievements. I am passionate about the environment and I believe that understanding is not only extracted from literature but from physical objects. "Light in the Dark" depicts many aspects of my young life as well as the struggle and transformation which I have undergone and will continue to pursue for the rest of my life. I wanted to build a piece that would draw the viewer in and upon closer inspection reveal the beautiful power of the stored sunlight in batteries and transmitted through silica melted into glass form. These elements are supported in an iron cage that is intended to unfurl as the petals of a flower. Each of earth's elements work in concert to remind us of the infinite beauty of the world around us and that we shall preserve this wonderful place we call home. These beacons and vessels will illuminate around the world as the sun sets demonstrating connectivity between each one of us as we move toward our bright future. 

The framework is constructed in rolled steel tubing. The center of the piece has an illumination column that runs vertically giving upward motion to the piece as well as corresponding glass color as light moves upward. Each light is powered by a small battery pack which stores the sun's energy from the daylight and illuminates the pieces throughout the night. 

no. 62 Emerald City Lantern 

Starting my life as a Craftsman in the Seattle trades was a challenging beginning. A fellow student in one of my metallurgy classes told me to quit now before I wasted my life; it was my first week of school. I quickly developed a strong skill set and made a point to continually change the type of work that I was perfecting to stay engaged. As Seattle began to change and develop a more upwardly mobile class structure the craft work that I had once been able to support myself on was becoming harder to come by. Many of my colleagues pursued other career choices while I delved further into the diverse world of craft and magical realms of industrial Seattle. This lantern signifies the guiding light in the dark to inspire the Craftsmen, Craftswomen, and the Blue Collar workers in the trying times which the tech world has imposed on us. 

The process of constructing this Lantern was a culmination of months of planning and design. In 2015 I met KT Hancock who is an established glass artist, and former Chihuly student based in Queen Anne. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, KT moved to Seattle in 2015 to pursue her glass career in the Emerald City. We had a chance meeting that has now inspired several pieces incorporating Hancock's Emeralds. I designed this object of illumination around KT's beautiful glass work which was blown by Taylor Ames at the Pratt Fine Arts Center and cold worked by Karsten Oaks in Ballard. We all worked together tirelessly on this piece and I thank you for spending time with our work.
L. Wendy Dunder (Portland, Oregon)

Wendy 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.  As a certified teacher and Artist in Residence in schools in her area she is also deeply involved in creating curriculum-based murals.  A hallmark of her work is the involvement of her students in the process, and together they have created permanent outdoor municipal murals of concrete, stone, tile, glass, and paint.

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.

Wendy was recently called upon to test her art skills with a huge installation, which she describes below:

One snowy day in January I received a call asking if I could build 40 football lamps in three weeks. My sister and I flew out of Portland on the day the city was closed by snow. We set up a workshop in Houston and applied tissue paper and glue to football shaped balloons in 12 hour days. For the show the footballs were lit by color changing LEDs, and moved up and down on little servo motors controlled by the soundboard.

The grand gala event that featured her football lamps, entitled Luminaries of the Game, was held February 1 in Houston, Texas, hosted by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, and was one of the events included in the city’s run-up to Super Bowl LI.  Here is the dramatic result, unfortunately without the delightful movement created by her 40 “dancing” footballs:

Forty Footballs.  L. Wendy Dunder.  Installation, Houston, Texas

KT Hancock (Seattle, Washington)

KT Hancock is an emerging artist based in Seattle, Washington. With a background in metalsmithing and glassblowing, she incorporates both mediums into her work. Her pieces demonstrate an interest in the idea of preciousness. The gem-shaped objects convey an idealized adornment piece for the body.  Although not wearable, these objects reflect an inherent cultural, physical and sentimental value.  KT has a Bachelor’s degree in metalsmithing and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has also attended and worked at Pilchuck Glass School, an educational institution founded by Dale Chihuly.  She has continued her practice as a freelance designer and maker. 

For the art works featured in this show, KT has teamed with fellow artist Sean Carleton to produce fascinating illuminated sculptures created from glass and steel.

Meg Hartwell (Bainbridge Island, Washington)

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.
Blue and Pink with Plaid.  Monotype.  Meg Hartwell

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.

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