Monday, June 24, 2013

Introducing Our Newest Artist: Martha Reisdorf

The Island Gallery is delighted to introduce its newest artist, abstract expressionist Martha Reisdorf.

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 Martha grew up in Steilacoom, Washington, facing the shores of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain ranges. She honed creativeness as a child having the sea, sand and woods as her playground. This creativeness resurfaced in later years. From the sea and sand she dug and shaped castles, underground tunnels and cities. Trails were forged, camps built and furniture crafted from broken tree limbs and twigs.

She followed a traditional career path until a traumatic event dramatically changed her life. In 1990 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the removal causing skewed vision, loss of balance and depth perception. As an escape from the tedium of rehab she enrolled in an art class at Pacific Northwest College of Art, eventually graduating. Her skewed eyesight had become a gift, enabling her to virtually see in the abstract. During this time she learned alternative approaches to supplant 'restricted' physical functions, further supporting this advent.
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Her works are not preconceived ... each work becomes a journey unto itself as the paint finds its own expression. From multiple layers of paint applied randomly in staccato strokes, the paint melds into a fusion of colors and lines. Her intent is that the finished piece provoke viewers to find their own meaning whether that be emotional, spiritual, a perceived imagery … or 'what's that?'

Martha's work has been exhibited in regional museums and art galleries, and is in private collections throughout the United States, England, France and Germany. She was the subject of a PBS television show and has been featured in various news publications and catalogues.

Martha will be featured at the July 5th First Friday Artwalk, and we will soon include her lovely paintings in our web shop.  More details coming soon.

June 2013 Gallery Picks Newsletter

How on earth is it suddenly June?

Forget we said that!  There are too many beautiful, sunny things arriving at the Gallery on beautiful, sunny days, keeping us delighted, to dwell on the mysterious passage of time.  We'll share some of our favorite items with you - June's Gallery Picks, if you will - right here, right now.  You can also click on the link beneath each item to visit it in our online shop if you would like additional details.

So without further ado...

Now, this is one of those gorgeous garments that is both sizzling hot, color-wise,
and breezy-cool, style- and wearability-wise.  In fact, it's so gorgeous that when
you aren't wearing it, you can simply hang it on the wall to show it off as the
art piece that it is!  It is handpainted crimped silk with a silk lining,
tapered sleeves and shawl collar, in shades of purple, teal and
black, as well as dashes of other colors.

How timely!  This dining table, seasonally named "Solstice", is simply beautiful.
Crafted from Oregon walnut with wenge detailing, it surprises with a center
inlay of black, hot rolled steel.  We've displayed it with
"McCormick" chairs, also in Oregon walnut, and an extraordinary
black locust tree stump, serving here as a seat (more about that below...).

 A magnificent black locust tree stump, sawn straight across the top and
beautifully finished, ready to be used as a stool, side table, base for art works
such as sculptural pieces, and altogether a wonderful and unexpected
natural element to enhance your home decor.

How cool are these?
First, we must confess:  Yes, we are again indulging in our continuing love affair with
Carter Smith's incomparable artistry.  We apologize not one whit.  Every time he sends us
something new we find ourselves collapsing on fainting couches and calling for smelling salts.

These sweet things are no different:  marvelous shibori dyed cotton leggings, available
in a variety of colors and sizes, they are currently hanging out in the Gallery,
waiting to be added to any number of outfits your imagination can conjure up.
From a terrific splash of color and fun beneath a plain tunic to truly frisky yoga pants,
or beneath one of Carter's matching cotton T-shirts (also new!), these are...
and let me repeat:  no apologies ... Absolutely Fabulous!

A graceful vase by southwestern Washington State ceramic artist Robin Hominiuk,
we must say that there is no photograph that can properly do it justice.
Tall, sensuous and serene, it is the type of statement art piece that can command
any room; its neutral greys and tans will enhance and complement many styles of decor.
Sitting on a perfect base, whether in a quiet corner or center stage in a grand hallway,
it calmly draws the eye.

It is wood fired stoneware with porcelain slip; Robin has hammered
its surface to lend intriguing texture.

Again, we confess:  We just love these crinkled silk separates by
Carol Lee Shanks, which we have featured here in the Newsletter before.
So imagine the joyous screams when this vibrant - dare we say HOTHOTHOT -
outfit arrived at the Gallery!  This super combination of vivid pink and tomato red
is just what summer ordered.  We can barely contain ourselves!

First, there's the waist length pink tunic, a saucy yet roomy blouse; bias skirt swing
dress in pink; and bias skirt dress in tomato.  These three wonderful items together
make the brightest-of-bright fashion statement, but can be purchased separately
and paired with... just about anything!  As a bonus, the crinkle silk is hand-washable,
and travels beautifully.

(Or if you'd prefer something more sparkly... well, take a peek below...)

 Another magnificent creation from Seattle artist Virginia Paquette.
This is a 20"-long necklace in stunning rose quartz nuggets and faceted
amethyst beads, with sterling silver big-link chain and clasp, that
will enhance any outfit, casual or formal-fancy.
(Imagine it with that hot pink Carol Lee Shanks tunic or dress, above!)
Virginia's consistently pleasing, bold styles and always extraordinary
gemstones, metals and beads never fail to enthrall us. 

 But where, oh where to put this lovely thing when we're not
wearing it?  Hmmmmm..... let's see...

Oh, yes, that's right:

This should do!

For those few special items of jewelry, to stash a watch, cufflinks,
coins, or as a pen box, this perfect little maple and bloodwood legged box
with a lift lid is small but lovely, and a perfect gift!  Its graceful curves and
exacting construction show off the gifts of this master woodworker.

(If you need something larger to store your vast cache of bling, John creates a
wide range of jewelry boxes - each as fabulous as the next.  He is also
happy to entertain custom orders; simply contact the Gallery.)

But perhaps the following item would fit nicely (either inside one of these jewelry
boxes or on your finger):

A beautiful, sunny ring from California artist Anna Whitmore, she has
named it Tranquility.  We featured it in our June Solstice Faire Artwalk
festivities, and because it's so prettily bright and sparkling, to fit the season,
 we wanted to show it off one more time.  It is a bezel set petite Portuguese cut
golden rutilated quartz stone, with oxidized sterling silver and 14k bezel.

We have recently begun carrying Anna's work; do check the web shop
for more items coming soon, or stop into the Gallery to acquaint
yourself in person with her lovely jewelry.

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Enjoy summer!

Early Warning: The Julie Duke Band with Peter Spencer

The Blues:  How do we love thee?  Let us count the ways...

We'll take it hot and local, thank you, with Bainbridge Island's own Julie Duke Band.

Stir in a little uber-talented guitarist/vocalist Peter Spencer, add a warm summer night, and .... well, who knows what will sizzle across the tiles of The Winslow's Plaza?

Can't wait to find out!

Don't miss this free outdoor concert during the First Friday Artwalk, July 5th, 6-8pm, on the Plaza in front of the Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E., #120, Bainbridge Island. 

We'll post more info on the artists right here, very soon.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Father's Day: Chamber Music with the Beau Metro Quartet

You are cordially invited to a concert presented by the Beau Metro Quartet in an afternoon concert of Viola Quintets with Seattle Symphony guest violist, Timothy Hale, on Sunday, June 16th, 3pm, at The Island Gallery.
Stephen Bryant,violin
Tom Dziekonski, violin
Sue Jane Bryant, viola
Virginia Dziekonski, cello

The quintets to be performed:

Beethoven: Op.29 in C
Bruckner: Adagio & Scherzo from the Quintet in F
Brahms: Op. 88 in F

The Beau Metro Quartet returns to The Island Gallery for a performance of their popular Chamber Music with Art Series.  Artwork by Woodward Middle School and Blakely Elementary School young artists will be on display, created during a live Beau Metro Quartet concert in their classrooms!

The Beau Metro Quartet enjoys performing an unusual variety of composers in unlikely locations, from Seattle's Town Hall to art classrooms in local schools. They collaborate often on many recording projects, young composers’ concerts and recordings, weddings and special event performances.

The concert begins at 3:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, $15.00 / $10.00 students. Please call the Gallery at 206.780.9500 or e-mail for reservations.

Seating is limited for this special Father's Day concert!

About the Artists:

Stephen Bryant, a Bainbridge Island resident, is a violinist known for his enthusiasm and passion for music. Each summer he leads a string quartet concert series during a fifteen day river raft trip through the Grand Canyon, performing in some of the most spectacular natural amphitheatres in the world. Steve was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Steve is presently a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Sue Jane Bryant studied viola with Karen Tuttle and Lillian Fuchs at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She was a member of the Edmonton Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to Seattle in 2003. Sue Jane served as Sub-Principal Viola of the newly formed Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998/99. Sue Jane enjoys teaching, studio recording and playing as an extra musician with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She lives on Bainbridge Island.

Virginia Dziekonski is assistant principal cellist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. She has performed with Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera. Virginia has also performed as principal cellist for Tacoma Opera, the Northwest Sinfonietta and the St. James Cathedral Chamber Orchestra. She works for all the major recording studios in the Seattle area, playing scores for radio, television and movies. Virginia is an active chamber musician and has appeared in series such as Second City in Tacoma, Artswest, Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, Camerata Musica of the Battelle Institute, the San Juan Chamber Players, the Music in the Park Series of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Water Music Festival in Long Beach, WA. In July 2007, Virginia played with Beau Metro Quartet in the premiere concert of chamber music for the Anacortes Arts Festival. In 2000-2001, Virginia played principal cello for the world premiere of Philip Glass’ chamber opera, “In the Penal Colony” at ACT Theatre, which also toured to Chicago at the Court Theater, and New York at the Classic Stage Co. In 2004, the Beau Metro premiered “Anna Madrigal Remembers” with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. She is on the string tracks to “Bring Me to the Light,” a Top 40 hit by the band Evanescence.

Tom Dziekonski studied with Vilem Sokol at the University of Washington, where he graduated with honors in Music, Arts, and Electrical Engineering. He also studied with Daniel Majeske, late concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. He was concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony, where he received the inspirational award and returned as guest soloist. Tom is the first violinist in the Metropolitan String Quartet, which premiered "In the Penal Colony", the chamber opera by Philip Glass, in Seattle, Chicago and New York. They have performed with famed soprano Frederica von Stade, and on the Governor's Chamber Music concert series. He also plays first violin with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and plays occasionally with the Seattle Symphony and with Seattle Opera, where he also performed on-stage roles in costume. Tom also plays electric violin in the musical cast of Teatro ZinZanni: a 70s vintage Barcus Berry, airbrushed in Day-Glo acrylics.

Guest Artist Timothy Hale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Performance Certificate from the Yale University School of Music. His primary teachers were Ohyama and Raphael Hillyer. After a single season with the San Diego Symphony, he joined the Seattle Symphony and now makes Seattle his home. In the Northwest, he has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Seattle International Music Festival, Chamber Music San Juans, Second City Chamber Series and the Governor’s Chamber Music Series.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June 2013 First Friday Artwalk - You're Invited!

Solstice Faire

Golden Rutilated Quartz Ring, 14k Gold, Oxidized Sterling Silver. Anna Whitmore

June 7-30, 2013

True to the coming time of long light and short shadows,
we present a sunny and enticing group of new works by our artists:

Robin Hominiuk, ceramics
John Luke, wooden boxes
Reid Schoonover, ceramics
Carol Lee Shanks, wearable art
Carter Smith, shibori textiles
Robert Spangler, fine wood furniture
Jen Till, oil paintings
Irene Yesley, textile wall art, paintings, drawings
Introducing Jewelry Artist Anna Whitmore
Opening Reception:
First Friday, June 7th, 6-8 pm
Featuring a musical performance by Bainbridge Island’s

The BBC Jazz Trio

In concert on the Plaza
About the Musicians:

Dave Bristow was born in London and began to study music on the piano at an early age, and after graduating from university has worked as a professional keyboard player, sound designer, electronic music consultant and music teacher ever since. He has recorded with many artists, including UK guitarist John Etheridge, violinist Ric Sanders and singer June Tabor, and as a performing musician has toured the world demonstrating synthesizers and teaching electronic music. He has an international reputation as a key contributor voicing the well-known Yamaha DX7 and other synthesizers. Dave moved to the United States with his family in 1995 working with the electronic music company Emu Systems, Inc., moving to the Northwest in 2002, where he worked for Yamaha as a consultant on ringtone development and more recently, ran and developed a non-profit community music school for four years on Bainbridge Island. He now spends his time teaching Electronic Music and Synthesis at Shoreline Community College, and composing and playing piano with the “BBC” Jazz Trio.

Kurt Bischoff began playing drums in elementary school and, by the time he was in high school, had played in many jazz and rock groups. He went on to study composition and experimental music at UC Davis, where he studied with Stan Lunetta, Larry Austin and John Cage. He continued composing and performing with the progressive rock group Opus Fluke and the avant garde hyborian ensemble Amra/Arma – a group that went on to perform at the first International Carnival of Experimental Sound in London. He built and managed a recording studio in Sacramento, California and performed with the Camelia Symphony and The Sacramento Symphony until moving to the Northwest, where he played with the Richard Thompson/Harry Holbert Quartet. He has taken his drums with him on two long sailing trips (once to Central America and again to the South Pacific and Australia) using his musical abilities to both interface with and learn from local indigenous people.

Neil Conaty grew up in New York City and began playing bass and guitar at the age of twelve. His first passion was the guitar which he played underage in various rock and roll bars throughout the city. On the bass, he concentrated on classical music, playing in several New York orchestras, most notably under Pierre Boulez at Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center. He also performed with Ella Fitzgerald and the Elmira Symphony Orchestra. Branching out into bluegrass and folk music, he performed with many of the leading players in New York including Marty Cutler and Charged Particles, whose tour of France took them to the Toulouse Bluegrass Festival, and Bob Yellin of the legendary Greenbriar Boys. As his interests turned to jazz he had the opportunity to study guitar with David Torn, Chuck Wayne and Pat Martino and bass with Michael Moore and Fred Hopkins. He has lived on Bainbridge Island since 1993.

Advance Warning:  Keep an eye out for June's Gallery Picks Newsletter, coming soon, which will highlight work from more of our wonderful artists!)