Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day: Very Special Treats

If you happen into the Gallery this month you will see, besides the usual extraordinary art, some brand-new treats on hand just in time for Valentine's Day gifting.   Here's a quick peek, and note that all of these items are also currently available in the Gallery's extensive (and very fun!) online shop.  Simply click on the images to visit from your favorite electronic device.

For that Special Someone who happens to be a ceramics enthusiast, or anyone
who enjoys a perfect bowl of noodles (although by no means do we recommend
restraining ourselves by serving ONLY noodles in these gorgeous coppery-red
glazed wood-fired bowls), imagine these gracing your table:

Dave Berfield, Red-glazed Noodle Bowls.  Wood fired
A vision of creamy French Vanilla ice cream topped with
luscious strawberries quickly springs to mind.  On the other extreme, a
toasty-warm breakfast of oatmeal beckons (blueberries always taste
wonderful in red bowls, don't you think?) or phabulous pho.

We at the Gallery are in that above-mentioned group of dedicated ceramic
enthusiasts, particularly when it comes to wood firing, and beyond a doubt
the crusty, rustic anagama look is something that is a wonder to behold.
But these cheery, deep, functional bowls are simply perfect.  So much so
that we use ours literally every day.  Adding to their attraction is the fact that
the artist lives, works and fires these beauties right here on Bainbridge Island,
so really, what could be better?

Oh, did we mention:  they are offered at a special price this month,
as well as this elegant piece below, which has a matching glaze
but is wider and shallow, to function perfectly as a serving dish:

Dave Berfield, Red-glazed Serving Bowl.  Wood fired
There is more of Dave's attractive, accessible work, including vases
and seed pots, to be found in the Gallery or here, on his Artist Pages.
Here's something sweet and soft for a loved one to tuck into a pocket,
display on a desk, sit on the mantel, or generally to snuggle:
Jacki Moseley, Felted Wool Hearts.  Merino Wool
Perhaps better known for her large hanging felted sculptures (which can be
viewed here on her Artist Pages), Jacki's offerings of these Pretty Somethings
are a bit more personal and, as you can see, quite delightful!
These tactile pleasures are also made on Bainbridge, as is this
line of sumptuous, cushy pillows from Island artist and
designer Tom Johnson:

Tom Johnson, Love Grows Here pillow.

On an island where gardening is king and art
flourishes right alongside the roses and raspberries,
the sentiment of this particular pillow fits right into our
prevailing mood, and the current chilly season.  There are a number
of other pillows currently available waiting for new homes, which
can be viewed in the Gallery or on Tom's Artist's Pages (click here).
Tom also enjoys custom orders, so if you have something in mind
to fit in with your decor, please contact us.

 Finally, we've just received a shipment of limited edition
tee shirts from remarkable shibori artist, Mary Jaeger.
These are unmistakably a fit for your Valentine (or for you...):

Mary Jaeger, Love Shibori Tee
Long-sleeved to combat our lingering winter cold and soft as can
always be expected from 100% cotton, these are available in
varying sizes and, as is true with Mary's line of tees, unlikely
to last long in the Gallery.  They're just that good.  Come in or call for
additional information, or to quickly see these and more of Mary's
sophisticated textile pieces, click on the link to head over to her Artist Pages.

Also, and always available in the Gallery but never more in
demand than right about now, are Karen Chaussabel's
Art Cards:

Left, Food Is Love Card
Right, Card in Pink and Grey

Karen original works are encaustic on paper, with the addition
of found objects such as string or thread.  The cards can be found online
as well in the Art Card section of the shop; descriptions of Karen's
process and a look at her original works can be found in various posts elsewhere
on this blog and on her Artist's Pages by clicking here.

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 Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

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