Saturday, December 19, 2020

Holiday Art Scoops #1-5 & Season's Greetings, December 2020



We haven't been active on this blog for some time; Santa Claus might decree this rather naughty of us.  But in the intervening months many things have happened, both with the Gallery and in our broader world.  One thing remains more or less the same, however:  we're still here, with some changes, and our Art Scoops (previously Wednesday Art Scoops) and most recently the always-fun Holiday Art Scoops, continue!  The 2020 holiday series have recently flown out to our subscribers' inboxes; Art Scoops Seasons' Greetings will appear this week.  Below are links and brief descriptions of their contents for your enjoyment.  


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To bring everyone up to date, here's a little basic information on the Gallery and its recent changes (you can also visit our updated blog Profile).

Established in 2002, The Island Gallery features internationally recognized artists whose work takes traditional art forms in exciting new directions: studio furniture & sculpture; museum quality textile art & wearables; paintings and prints, including work from a group of the most talented print artists in the Northwest; wood fired ceramics from the finest potters in America; and unique jewelry creations from the US and abroad.  

The Gallery has a longstanding reputation for excellence with enthusiastic representation of over 100 artists and extraordinary client service.  Owner & Curator S. Swannack-Nunn, an avid art collector, lived and worked in Asia as a Fulbright scholar and on the staff of The World Bank. Gallery staff are artists with international backgrounds in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Gallery’s overall aesthetic is innovative design which is minimal, integrative with nature and respectful of long traditions in textile production, woodworking, painting/printmaking and ceramics. 

Located in downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island, Washington, for the past 18 years, in September 2020 the Gallery moved exclusively on line - now you can shop online with us anytime - and a studio/show room is planned for later in 2021.

Surviving the COVID19 pandemic has been difficult and heartbreaking for us all, but the Gallery is settling into its new configuration.  We are excited for the future, and hope you will enjoy seeing the art that our magnificent artists continue to create, featured not only in the Online Shop but in our Arts Scoops newsletters.  Do join us:  Subscribe to bring the comfort and joy of new, extraordinary art directly to your inbox, and visit our Shop anytime you like from the comfort of your home.  Our contact/online information remains the same; please see below, or the blog Profile.

For a little extra visual delight during this unusual but special season, please enjoy our Holiday Art Scoops 2020, #1-5, below! 


Holiday Art Scoops 2020, #1

Featuring Textile/Wearable Art from Maggy Pavlou, Carol Lee Shanks, Alexis Abrams, Bobbie Sumberg, Begona Rentero, Bryan & Maria Chapin-Cao, Christine Sundt; Ceramics: Wayne Branum, Delores Fortuna; Wood Sculpture/Utensils: Michael Alexander, Larry Roberts, Paul Flessner; Art Glass: Ted Jolda

Holiday Art Scoops 2020, #2

Featuring Textile/Wearable Art from Carter Smith, Maggy Pavlou, Mary Jaeger, Alicia Peru, Christine Sundt, Bara, Julie Powell, Laura Hunter; Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Isnia; Ceramics: Mitch Iburg, Wayne Branum, Jenny Andersen; Wood Furniture, Sculpture, Utensils: John Spivey, Paul Flessner, Tiplin Taylor

Holiday Art Scoops 2020, #3

Featuring Paintings/Prints from:  Irene Yesley, Kathryn Lesh, Pam Galvani, Jan Branham; Textile/Wearable Art:  Maggy Pavlou, Bobbie Sumberg, Carlo Scanagatta, Begona Rentero, Virginia Paquette, Lou Zeldis; Ceramics: Reid Schoonover; Wood and Metal Sculpture, Utensils: Alan Vogel, Bill Koss, Patrick Clanton, Tiplin Taylor; Art Glass: Ken & Ingrid Hanson


Holiday Art Scoops 2020, #4

Featuring Paintings/Prints from:  Irene Yesley, Jen Till, Warren Pollock; Textile/Wearable Art:  Alicia Peru, Betsy Giberson, Mary Jaeger, Bryan & Maria Chapin-Cao, Carlo Scanagatta, Begona Rentero, Christine L. Sundt, Maggy Pavlou; Ceramics: Robin Hominiuk, Jay & Karrie Stemmler, Wayne Branum; Wood Sculpture, Utensils: Scott Trumbo, Randy Acker, Tiplin Taylor, Bill Galvani

Holiday Art Scoops 2020, #5

Featuring Paintings/Prints from:  Jan Branham; Textile/Wearable Art:  Carol Lee Shanks, Laura Hunter, Carlo Scanagatta, Begona Rentero, Christine L. Sundt, Virginia Paquette, Candis Krummel, Tumar; Fiber Sculpture: Jackie Moseley; Art Glass:  Ken & Ingrid Hanson, K.T. Hancock; Wood/Utensils: Peter Nawrot, Wood slab, Vintage Furniture

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and our very best wishes to you all!


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Joe O'Brien, Ceramic Artist

Joe O'Brien, one of our local ceramic artists, passed away last week at his home on Bainbridge Island.  Joe was a wonderful artist, man and friend to the Gallery and we will miss him so much.  He was always experimenting with his ceramics, creating tea bowls and other pieces that reflected nature's many hues and forms.  Clients particularly appreciated his summer bowls which reflected the vibrancy of blues and browns of southwestern landscapes.   As another human being, Joe was always so positive, and with a smiling twinkle; it was a pleasure seeing him walk through the Gallery door.

Educated at the University of Washington (BA) and Northern Illinois University (MA, MFA), Joe exhibited throughout the Midwest and Northwest and operated a custom ceramic tile business for many years. He collaborated with Jacob Lawrence in the designing and creation of a ceramic mosaic mural for the City of New York and designed a porcelain enamel mural for the Orlando International Airport.  Joe fired in a wood fire kiln on Bainbridge along with Dave Berfield and exhibited at the Gallery for a number of years.  

In his own words:

Clay and the art of creating are processes that I love.  They are present in most of my waking thoughts.  Having been trained in the classic Japanese tradition, I think about and look for form in everyday objects.

Quality is an overriding requirement for me.  Should the foot be wider or higher, does the bowl swell enough, is the lip smooth?  Visual weight and physical weight are important aspects of a pot.  Do the proportions of various parts of the pot relate to each other and do they all join together to make the statement that I want?

In the end I have this constant dance in my mind of form, balance and relationships.  Is the final form exactly the way I pictured it in my head?

Maybe next time it will be closer.

Monday, July 1, 2019

You're Invited: July 5, 2019 Artwalk

July 5 - 28, 2019

Wood and Wall Art:
Randy Acker, Chris Demarest, Jacki Moseley, Len Eisenhood
Wearable Art:
David, Betsy Giberson, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Laura Hunter, Virginia Paquette
Ceramic Art:
Thomas Fossier, Rosette Gault

First Friday Artwalk, July 5th, 6-8 pm

In Concert:

The Tracie Marsh Band


Len Eisenhood, Snowfall.  Marbled paper
Laura Hunter, Shibori Scarves.  Silk
Virginia Paquette, Necklace, Citrine and Oxidized Sterling Silver
Thomas Fossier. Slab Built Bottle.  Stoneware
Chris Demarest, Dragonfly.  Shoji paper

About the Show:

Summer Cornucopia: Creative Concepts from Gallery Artists abound in this multi-media show featuring new work in wood, fiber, ceramic and wall art.
Opening reception, First Friday Artwalk, July 5, 6-8pm with The Tracie Marsh Band.  

 About the Artists:

Randy Acker (Olympia, Washington):  Randy designs and builds objects for people who desire both utility and beauty in the items that are a part of their everyday lives. Throughout his life he has been drawn to science and the natural world, and believes that the more connected we are to that world, the more we are inclined to truly value our natural heritage. He sees wood as a perfect medium for creating a bridge between the natural world and our everyday indoor environments. Where possible, he uses natural edges and defects, such as cracks, holes, or insect damage in his work, since they serve as a reminder that wood, no matter how carefully cut and finished, is still a product of the natural world.  While he started woodworking around age seven, he pursued a career in state government, and before retiring served as an executive manager for the Department of Natural Resources. 

Chris Demarest (Bainbridge Island, Washington):  Born in New England in 1951, most of Chris’s career has been in children’s publishing with over 100 titles to his credit. FIREFIGHTERS A to Z was a New York Times Best Book (2000).  Research has taken him as far as the Persian Gulf, as an official artist for the US Coast Guard, as well as flying into Hurricane Ivan with the Hurricane Hunters.  From 2011-2017, he traveled the country painting in museums and libraries portraits of World War II era men and women while collecting their stories. The tour brought him to Bainbridge Island in 2017 where he documented the internment of local Japanese Americans, the main painting now hanging at the island’s Historical Museum. In 2018, he settled on Bainbridge Island where he began exploring sculpture in wood and shoji paper, leftovers from a teahouse studio he built. The World War II exhibit is now permanently housed at the Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California. A smaller exhibit is currently touring Alaska. 

Len Eisenhood (Bainbridge Island, Washington):  After several decades of paper marbling, Bainbridge Island artist Len Eisenhood utilizes his experience of both classical and innovative marbling techniques to create richly beautiful papers. Each one possesses a synergy of intention and serendipity.  Marbling is a hydroprint process that was developed in Japan in the 7th century and in Persia in the 13th century. Pigment is dropped on a size made from carrageenan moss and water, then manipulated into patterns. Paper made mordant with an alum solution is laid on the size and picks up the design. This creates a unique marbled paper, although color palettes and basic patterns can be repeated.  

Thomas Fossier (McKinleyville, California):  Thomas Fossier, a retired pilot, began working with clay while living in New Zealand some 20 years ago. His primary focus is wood-fired vessels, fired in his anagama kiln in northern California. He explores form and surface with a Zen sensibility. In his own words:

I have spent much of my life walking in the high mountains and desert canyons of the American West. Rocks and colorful soil are the most essential features of these landscapes, and my aesthetic vision has been tuned to the characteristics and beauty of mineral surfaces. I find that I am a materials enthusiast, and love ceramics for reasons similar to my love for Western landscapes: the colors and textures, and the sense of material substance and solidity in three-dimensional space. The medium of clay is inspiring for both its forming and firing characteristics, and I am drawn to exploring its limits, bringing attention to its specific properties. Firing my work in a wood-burning kiln, at very high temperatures for multiple days, brings out the tactile and colorful potential of clay and melted ash. The unique character of different clays becomes markedly evident after immersion in this transformative environment…. I see my clay forms as both canvases upon which I will paint with fire, and as the formal structural elements which balance the organic patterns that flame creates. There is an opportunity for serendipity that wood-firing engenders since it is a collaboration between the potter’s intention and natural process that is not wholly controllable, and thus the seemingly random complexity of nature is evident in every piece.

Rosette Gault (Bainbridge Island, Washington):  Dr. Gault has been contributing to the field of artistic ceramics since 1970.  She earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington in 1977-‘78 and her Ph.D for Innovation from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom in 2014.  As an artist she explores the substance of paperclay as a tangible thought form in service to practical and expressive needs of mankind. Her award winning ceramic sculpture and commission work has been exhibited widely since 1978, and is included in public and private collections around the world.  As a visual artist and teacher, she has been invited to present at numerous workshops and master classes at top universities, symposia, and art schools worldwide.  She has been involved with numerous artistic ventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond and is currently affiliated with the University of Sunderland National Center for Glass and Ceramics Research in the northeast of England.  Over the years her work has appeared in many publications and she has authored a number of books.  In 1990, she isolated the optimum ratio of (recycled) paper pulp to clay that would permit her to work wet on dry, patch dry cracks and extend the repertoire of methods never known possible to fire with traditional clay or manmade fiber composite clays. Her work has served as a technical impetus behind much innovation and advancement in international ceramic art and design.

Betsy Giberson (Warner, New Hampshire):  Betsy Giberson was born in Washington, D.C. and completed a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her background and work in sculpture is reflected in her textile art which features shibori and sculptural elements in collaged pieces with exposed seams. She is exhibited at multiple venues throughout the United States and makes her home in New Hampshire.  Her garments are exquisitely crafted of crinkled silk crepe de chine, organza and noil. Surface decoration is achieved with shape-resist, piece dying, and overdying. Pieces are often enhanced with stamped designs.

Ana Lisa Hedstrom  (La Honda, California): Ana Lisa Hedstrom is known for her signature textiles based on contemporary adaptations of Shibori. Her textiles are included in the collections of major museums including the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Art and Design, and the De Young Museum in the United States, and the Takeda Kahei Shoten and Aiichi Shibori Archive in Japan. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including in Canada, China, Germany and Thailand. Ana Lisa has taught and lectured at numerous international Shibori conferences and schools, including in Australia, Chile, England, Japan, India, Canada as well as the United States. Her awards include two NEA grants and she is a fellow of the American Craft Council. She holds a BA in Art from Mills College.

Laura Hunter  (Olympia, Washington):  As an artist I am drawn to themes of repetition and evidence of change. I am fascinated by subtle marks that suggest something else that is there or has been there. The Japanese form of bound resist dying called Shibori speaks to both of these ideas. All of my scarves, shawls, and apparel are individually made using one or more types of shibori. Arashi Shibori is a pole-wrapping technique which creates pleats and varying patterns on silk. Itajime Shibori is a folding and clamping technique which creates dyed shapes on fabric…  Creating and selling Shibori has been my livelihood for 20 years. I have a BFA in Fiber Art from the University of Washington. I work in my home studio with some physical assistance and much encouragement from my husband, Allen Olson. We live in Olympia, Washington with our two sons where we enjoying cooking, our garden, and a relatively slow-paced lifestyle.

Jacki Moseley (Bainbridge Island, Washington):  Jacki began felting in 2012 after being attracted to the texture and dimension of felt for many years – fascinated by its properties, how to make it, and how to make things with it. She has most enjoyed making bowls, vessels and wall hangings. She also worked with beads, sewing them onto her creations, which are made with merino wool. She uses both wet and needle felting processes, where the wool fibers become intertwined to create a design and/or a form.

Virginia Paquette (Seattle, Washington):  An MFA graduate in painting from the University of Washington, Virginia Paquette has worked and exhibited internationally. Her art responds to motion and memory, and is inspired by natural forms and phenomena. Winner of numerous public art commissions, Paquette has collaborated with her husband, Bill Smith, on site performance installations here in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle area, as well as around the world, including “Deluge,” created for Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Australia, “Saffeides” at Teatro Greco in Rome, and with ARTKOAMIA performance consortium.  For a recent residency at the Conservatorio di Musica in Bologna, Virginia created mixed-media works as part of a collaboration with Bill Smith. They presented her visual responses to his works of music, influenced by their years together in Italy. Paquette responds to Smith’s music with color, line, rhythm, gesture, and collage of found images, salvaged from the streets of Italy.

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.

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

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Closed Thursday, July 4, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Trunk Show: Carlo Scanagatta Scarves - 3/14/19

Here's a special treat:

Wednesday Art Scoops, #16 & #17

More of our art lovers' series, Wednesday Art Scoops, in which we choose and present three items garnering particular attention in the gallery.  This has been a subscribers-only feature, but we are excited to bring these amazing artists to a broader audience, including all archived and future publications.  Previous posts began that effort; here we present #16 and #17!  Enjoy.

Featured Artists:  Earnest D. Thomas, Paintings & Prints; Julio Lavallen, Paintings & Prints; Carter Smith, Textiles; Begona Rentero, Jewelry.

Featured Artists:  Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Textiles; Sean Carleton, Wood Sculpture; Sarah Kaye, Ceramics (General);
Carlo Scanagatta, Textiles

Please Note:

We would be remiss indeed if we didn't highlight the art work
featured above in our Scoops logo.
Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it?
Shown at top of page:
Marceil DeLacy, "Lunch?".  Ice cream cone
Alaskan yellow cedar, black walnut and birch

The artist was recently featured in  KOMO online's
"Seattle Refined Artist of the Week"

Click on links to view this very special work of art and more of Marceil's wonderful work!

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