Friday, October 31, 2014

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk - All Gallery Artists Show

We have a fabulous show coming up on November 7th!  Here are the details.  Further information and photos will follow shortly on some of the individual artists:

Fine Furniture ~ Sculpture ~ Ceramics ~ Paintings & Prints

 November 7 – November 30, 2014

Featuring New Work from Northwest and Bainbridge Island Artists:

 Gerardo Aguayo, Jenny Andersen, Dave Berfield, Nathan Christopher, L. Wendy Dunder,
Steve Humphrey, Renée Jameson, Erik Lindbergh, Fred Loase, Ken Lundemo
Chris Mroz, Martha Reisdorf, Steve Sauer, Maria Simon, Kris Skotheim, Donald Smith
Jen Till, Alan Vogel, Irene Yesley

Reception with the Artists
Friday, November 7, 6 – 8pm

Music by
Peter Spencer and Friends

About the Artists:  The Island Gallery is delighted to present new work from some of the finest artists of Bainbridge Island and the Northwest in the genres of fine wood furniture and sculpture, ceramics, and paintings and prints.  Work from Bainbridge artists, as shown above:

Upper left:  Mauve Mountain, Jen Till.  A wonderful new series of Jen’s popular landscape oil paintings will be on display. 

Center:  Text From A Lost Tribe, Jenny Andersen.  Perennial Island favorite ceramic artist  Jenny Andersen’s series of wall plaques, which were presented in a well-received retrospective of her work at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art last summer, will be on display in the Gallery through 2014.

Lower left:  Black Walnut Bench, Erik Lindbergh.  This Bainbridge Island native brings us a beautiful bench crafted from nine pieces of local black walnut, ten years in the making.  

New Works - Fine Furniture & Sculpture:

Nathan Christopher, Bainbridge Island:  An I-beam and live-edge timber bench.
L. Wendy Dunder, Portland, Oregon:  New illuminated sculpture (lamps), some of which are collaborative pieces.
Steve Humphrey, Bainbridge Island: Metal work on collaborative works, including lamps and a fascinating walnut sculpture which can serve as a room divider.
Ken Lundemo, Seabeck:  Wood, ceramic and bronze sculpture
Chris Mroz, Gig Harbor:  Owner of Pure Timber, one of the biggest producers of cold-bend hardwood in the United States, Chris creates remarkable chairs and whimsical wood sculpture. 
Kris Skotheim, Bainbridge Island:  His metalwork and artistic sensibilities can be seen in the clean lines of a western red cedar bench.
Donald Smith, Seattle:  New live edge slabs for table/dining use.
Alan Vogel, Bainbridge Island:  A stunning whiskey cabinet and a wall-mounted wood sculptural piece.

New Works - Ceramics:

Dave Berfield, Bainbridge Island
Fred Loase, Bainbridge Island
Ken Lundemo, Seabeck
Steve Sauer, Port Orchard
Introducing Maria Simon, Portland, Oregon

New Works - Paintings & Prints

Gerardo Aguayo, Bainbridge Island:  Paper and ink
Renée Jameson, Bainbridge Island:  Monoprints
Martha Reisdorf, Gig Harbor:  Acrylics
Irene Yesley, Bainbridge Island:  Acrylics

Additional Northwest Artists:

Melissa Balch, Robert Benson III, Christian Burchard, Tracy Dunn, Kathleen Faulkner, Gina Freuen Anthony Gaudino Nancy Gill, Eric Gorder, Damian Grava, Jeff Greenup, Jeffrey Hummel, James Kelsey Carl Larson
Andrew Lewis-Lechner, Jimmy McDonough, Curt Minier, Milo Mirabelli, Eric Nelsen
Hiroshi Ogawa, Stephanie Oliveira, Al Tennant, Esperanza Grundy, Robin Hominiuk, Curt Labitzke
John Luke, Virginia Paquette, Alan Rosen, Ted Scherrer, Robert Spangler, Dave Thompson, Scott Trumbo
Michelle de la Vega, Theodore Waddell, Jack Walsh, Shane Watson
Ben Waterman, Rigel Weis, Jade Winchester

Event Location:  The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E., #120, Bainbridge Island, Washington.
For More Information Contact:  The Island Gallery, 206.780.9500 or ssn [at] 

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 2014 Gallery Picks Newsletter

Ahhh, October!  Its light enhances autumn's already rich colors as the sun dips lower on the horizon, creating vignettes of nature's art all around us.  Meanwhile, we reach for sweaters and mugs of hot cider, and perhaps contemplate a visit to a bit of glorious man-made art.

Keep reading for a glimpse of more offerings from our incredible artists, currently available in the Gallery.  And don't forget, if those autumn winds and rainy days keep you snuggled at home by the computer, simply click on the link on each individual piece to visit our online shop for more details. 

Grab a cozy beverage of your choice, settle back in a comfy chair, and enjoy!


Poppies.  Lisa Wederquist

 Santa Fe artist Lisa Wederquist paints in acrylics on linen, paper and canvas.
Her paintings capture the essence of the natural world in the Southwest:
desert sky, wild grasses and the search for water.  Often using primary colors
in counterpoint and featuring strong, evocative lines, her work is hopeful
and friendly, each piece creating images steeped in life's little realities,
presented on a big canvas.

Earlier this October we opened the exhibit Desert Rhythms
featuring Lisa's expressive, vibrant work.  Besides greatly enjoying meeting
Lisa for the first time, her work was very well received.  She is currently hard
at work creating more pieces in her indigo Night series and we can't wait
to see these new works (coming soon).

Here's a little about Lisa, in her own words: 

Born in Germany, I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
As a child I roamed the then wide-open foothills and canyons of the
front range of the Rocky Mountains. This connection with nature has always
sustained and inspired me.

I studied painting and industrial design at Colorado College, City College
of San Francisco, and Pratt Institute.  Living in San Francisco for five years,
and New York City for ten, infused me with the wonder, freedom, and crazy
richness of urban life. I returned to the West, moving to Santa Fe, my home since 1991.
I have been a painting contractor and decorative painter for many years.
I have always been an artist.  The scale of many of my paintings is informed
by a love of physical work, the imagery by a love for the physical world.

Lisa's work is available in the Gallery; we'll have it all posted
in the online shop shortly.


Western Red Cedar Bench

This extra-long bench is a real stunner, and would look
fabulous along an entry wall or outward-facing gallery space,
perhaps gazing out over a peaceful woodsy garden or sea vista.
It features black steel channel legs and a live edge front
face, with the familiar deep color and markings of our local cedar.
As to the design process, metal artist Kris Skotheim collaborated
with the Gallery to come up with creative design solutions that would
 complement this and other Northwest wood with fabricated or recycled steel.
Given the resulting clean lines and organic forms this piece
displays, we think we can declare that effort a success!

For a better look pop into the Gallery; it's currently
residing in our main exhibit room, and makes quite a
statement!  Or, for a front view and more information, click here.

Mid-Century Modern Sling Chair.  Frederic Weinberg
We might all agree that this is one of the most interesting
pieces of mid-century modern furniture we've had in the Gallery.
Created by prolific artist Frederic Weinberg, this wicker and iron
Sling chair is in very good condition, a delight to view, and
so comfy to sink into!

Philadelphia-based artist and industrial designer Frederic Weinberg
trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts before producing and
selling a wide variety of functional and decorative items, such as
figural wire and fiberglass wall sculptures.  He also produced clocks, lamps,
furniture and retail fixtures, based on his semi-abstract paintings,
for homes, institutions and businesses.

 His abstract, stylized, and modernistic work spanned three decades and
several media, always maintaining its 1950s vibe, and has recently become the
obsession of in-the-know modern art collectors.  He is, however, best known
for his sculptural pieces, which can fetch thousands at auction.

In spite of his current high profile in the mid-century modern oeuvre,
finding biographical information on Mr. Weinberg is like hunting for the
proverbial needle in a haystack!  If you have information about him
we invite you to contact the Gallery; we are actively researching this
artist and his fascinating work.

Walnut Coffee Table/Bench
Another excellent creation from woodworker Donald Smith, and
a truly sweet treat of a coffee table, this lovely natural edge
piece stands out for its gorgeous and distinct markings, a
sea of light sapwood perfectly surrounding an island of rich reddish
(dare we say "walnut colored") interior wood, with all its geographical lines.
It is sturdy enough to be used as a bench as well, so the purchaser can choose
their preferred use in their home for this exquisite piece.


Cropped Modified Issey Shirt.  Kay Chapman
Silky and stunning, this hand-painted creation
from textile artist Kay Chapman is a perfect example
of the vivid colors we're so enjoying this
month (and it looks so wonderful with the Poppies painting!
Hang one on the wall, wear the other...)

We love Kay's pieces for their great cut and wearability,
in styles that always - always! - seem to suit everyone.

Shopping Bag, "Jaguar".  Concepcion Quevac for Cojolya
Isn't this fabulous!
Just arrived in the Gallery, Candis Krummel has brought us a series of
expertly woven items, including this dramatic and roomy shopping bag,
from her artisan associates in Guatemala.  They are fair trade, museum
quality textiles from the Cojolya Association of Mayan Women Weavers.
This beautiful piece is cotton, woven by artist Concepcion Quevac
in the "Jaguar" pattern.

Candis, a designer with strong connections to
Bainbridge Island, describes her passion for the art
of her adopted homeland:

I have thrived living on the shore of magical Lake Atitlan in
Guatemala for over 30 years.  Enchanted by the splendor of the green
volcanoes and the culture of the Tzutujil Maya, over time I became
deeply immersed in the tradition of back-strap loom weaving and
fascinated by the opportunities it offers for creative expression.
Today, I am more than ever impressed with the infinite potential for
design using this ancient  loom...the mother of looms... given to Maya
women by the Goddess Ixchel.

I was fortunate to be asked to use my design and community development
skills to work with women of the lowland Maya, who live in the endless
forests of Quintana Roo, Mexico. They are the fiercely independent
children of Maya heroes, who in 1847 fought for and regained their
freedom for over fifty years. Utilizing the women's ancestral skills, we
were able to introduce finely-crafted accessories into the high-end
tourist markets along Mexico's Caribbean coast.

Fortune has led me on the same route as the Proto-Maya, who drifted
to the island of Hispaniola, where they settled. Centuries later, the
Taíno people encountered them, after migrating up from South America.
The Classic Taíno culture grew to dominate the island until the
Spanish conquest, which eliminated both ancient cultures.
The Taíno spirit lives on in the DNA of the Dominican people...the
unbroken link is their embracing warmth. In a project for the
province of Puerto Plata (dedicated to revitalizing the economy
through sustainable tourism) I have encouraged artisans to use
the art of their Taíno ancestors as a fountain of inspiration.
These designs are for products that visitors to the communities
will take with them as reminders of their unique experience
with the Dominican people. My own logo reflects the exquisite
Taíno designs found on ceramic seals, once used to decorate
their bodies for ritual dances.

Come into the Gallery to view more of these amazing pieces of
art, including a shawl that might just blow your mind:  black merino
wool, crafted as the other items on a back-strap loom, it features
Swarovski crystals woven into the shawl right on the threads,
and sparkles like a starry, starry night.  Amazing!


Neckpiece:  Bubbly, Red & Black.  Christine L. Sundt

Fiery-warm, cheerfully bright off-round slices of red chalk turquoise
pair with polished black onyx beads, nylon wire, and sterling silver
in this dancing necklace.

If you read this blog on a regular basis you already
know how much we admire Christine Sundt's finely-crafted
jewelry, with its clean design work and classicism with a twist, a
concept brilliantly captured in this piece.  The stones are strung on
nearly invisible (when worn) nylon wire, giving an impression of the
random movement of individual stones, and thus creates great visual interest.
Other of her similarly-crafted pieces can be doubled over and twisted,
then strung onto plain sterling, cord or nylon neck wires or hoops, creating an
entirely new style.  Imagine that!  Two or three necklaces out of one.
Such a deal, very playful and fun, and great-looking.

Dance on down to the Gallery and ask for a demonstration!
These are quite unique.

Thanks for visiting us, and joining our celebration of October.  Keep an eye on the blog for news of upcoming events, exhibits, concerts and sales, and don't forget:  If you'd like to receive alerts when we post information, send your e-mail address to sr @ theislandgallery-dot-net (sorry, spammers...) and we'll sign you right up.

We have a major Holiday-oriented post planned for Thanksgiving, so see you again in November, and Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

September 2014 Gallery Picks Newsletter

From the Department of Things That Are Better Late Than Never, we bring you our monthly Gallery Picks Newsletter.  The semi-bad news is that we are very late posting; the very-good news is that October's edition will follow shortly, so this month will be brimful of beautiful art!

Please enjoy a look at these wonderful new items from our fabulous artists, and don't forget, for more information click on the individual links to visit them in our online shop.

Let's start with some amazing furniture.


Walnut Table, "The Impala"
 Quite simply, this is one of the most beautiful tables we have ever seen.
Constructed of claro walnut from Chico, California, from live-edge
slabs that were gently aged over many years here in the Gallery, this is a
product of careful consideration and collaboration by a number
of our wonderful local artists. The table top is made from the burl ends of the
slabs; the legs are black patinaed steel designed and crafted right here
on Bainbridge Island.

Ready to grace your dining room, office or boardroom, and just... Magnificent.

But why, you ask, have we named it The Impala?

 (Can you see it?)

For a closer look, drop into the Gallery.
(It would love to meet you in person!)

Writing Table.  Ted Scherrer
 Lush cherry and ash woods animate this lovely desk.
Perfect for your office (or a very lucky student) it has two drawers and
a sweet retro surprise:  a secret compartment!
How often do we see an added feature like that these days?

Northwest wood artist Ted Scherrer has shown his work with
us for many years, in the form of chairs, settles and tables created with
the traditionally spare yet exquisite quality of Craftsman furniture.  His
hand-crafted designs, with their easy functionality and superior workmanship,
never go out of style.

View one of Ted's gorgeous settles here.

Here's something about the classic Craftsman style that inspires Ted's work:

The Arts and Crafts movement initially developed in England during
the latter half of the 19th century, inspired by social reform concerns together
with the ideals of reformer and designer, William Morris.

This movement was a response to the rise in often shoddy
factory-made goods and furniture seen at the time.  It also challenged
the often extravagant tastes of the Victorian era, and sought to bring
back work for individual craftsmen, put out to pasture rather
precipitously in society's rush to embrace mass-manufacturing.

In the United States, Gustav Stickley also promoted these ideals out
of New York City, and found that by using factory methods to produce
basic components, then utilizing craftsmen to finish and assemble,
he was able to produce sturdy, serviceable and attractive
furniture which was sold in great quantities, and still survives.

The term Mission style is also used to describe Arts and Crafts Furniture
and design in the United States, particularly in the Southwest, and brought
into play the added influence of Native American and Spanish-Mexican artwork.

Mid-Century Modern Chair.  Arne Hovmand Olsen
Our latest mid-century modern  furniture find, this graceful chair
is quite special, with its Danish Modern lightness of style and clean look.
It is created from subtle teak wood with a cane-wrapped back and leather seat.
Notably, it is signed by the artist.

Here's a little about Arne:

Arne Hovmand Olsen (1919-1989) was born and raised in Kirkeby Sogn
in the middle of Denmark. He was the eldest of five children, and though from a
farming family he realized at an early age that he wanted a different career.
He had always liked to draw, and was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker,
P. Olsen Sibast, in 1938. After his apprenticeship, Arne dreamed of being
able to design the furniture which he produced, and therefore enrolled in a
technical school specializing in furniture design at Aarhus, in 1941.
Once qualified, Arne started his own studio creating beautiful furniture,
influenced by Scandinavian design and executed in a simple and light style.
His furniture was sold in Denmark , but was mainly exported to the large
overseas market, with the U. S. market being an avid consumer.
His studio closed in the 1970s.


Brink.  Maria Simon
This month we welcome extraordinary sculptor Maria Simon to the gallery
Her sensuous ceramic pieces are a rich feast of form and color,
built to reside on a special wall, some as table pieces, all with great depth,
suggestions of rolling hills or earthy strata, and hints of whimsy.

Here's a little about Maria and her process:

Born and raised in Chicago, Maria Simon began pursuing art as a young child.
With the support of her parents, she attended children’s classes at the
Chicago Art Institute. She attended Washington University’s Steinberg School
of Fine Arts in St. Louis, studying sculpture and printmaking. She also
studied classical sculpture at L’Accademia d’elle Arte in Florence, Italy.
After a fifteen year exploration of colored clays, producing decorative
vessels and tiles, which she considered a marriage of sculpture and printmaking,
Maria returned to her love of sculpture, using clay, her favorite medium.

Maria's work has been selected for numerous private and corporate art
collections and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.
She has been the recipient of several grants and awards.
Now living in Portland, Oregon, Maria devotes a significant part of her
time to teaching and workshop activities. She has also been providing
Artist-in-Residency programs to the metro area schools in sculpture, ceramics,
and mural making through the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Young
Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, and as an independent contractor
since 1991. In addition, she has presented workshops on her process
throughout the country since 1981.

As to Maria's process, all pieces are built with terracotta or porcelain clay.
Most begin with thick-rolled slabs, cut and fit together, puzzle-like.
The clay is left to reach leather-hard stage, then some areas are built up with coils;
at this point the largely subtractive work of carving begins. 
Over a period of four to five weeks, refinement of the sculpture takes place.
Once the fine details are completed, it undergoes a slow bisque-firing,
after which painting with terra sigillata commences and can continue
over a ten-day period.  The piece is burnished, then fired a second time.

Ember.  Maria Simon
 (As a point of interest, terra sigillata in contemporary pottery refers to a clay "slip", 
or liquefied suspension of fine-milled clay particles in water, usually the 
consistency of heavy cream.  Pigments can be added to produce a colored slip.
 Archeologically speaking, the term terra sigillata literally means "sealed earth";
not as in earth made impervious by sealing but, rather, pottery decorated with "seals"
or sigilla, a Latin word referring to small statues or figures in relief.  The term is also applied,
however, to plain-surfaced Roman pots of a certain type or era.)


Rest Assured.  Esperanza Grundy
Seattle artist Esperanza Grundy has recently brought us several new works.
This one, Rest Assured, is acrylic collage on canvas, notable for its lively
earth colors that are juxtaposed with darker tones amid rambling,
somehow familiar, textures.
(Perhaps desert Southwest, wisps of written communications, hint of mountains...)
This piece and several from her Faces series are currently in the Gallery;
two others can be viewed at our Realogics Sotheby's International Annex,
right here on Bainbridge Island at 271 Madison Avenue S. 
A member of the Women Painters of Washington, Esperanza has won numerous awards
for her works in collage and watercolor.  With a BFA in Industrial Design from the
University of Washington, she has lived both in the Southwest and Northwest. 
 As the artist notes, color is the main ingredient in her work, in abstract compositions
which explore the lives of  literary artists (Bedside Table Series), the American Flag,
or the place of women across cultures. 
Esperanza comments on her work: 
Color is the main ingredient in my work. 
The urge to create is irresistible to me. The symbols, images, textures and colors
in my paintings and collages are my pathway to spirit and truth.
My fundamental source of inspiration is my personal heritage: my family is
hispanic and native american and has lived in the Southwestern US for
many generations. Cultural explorations continue from there by
listening to other people's stories, traveling to exotic places,
reading and dreaming. 
I love to gather, arrange and layer materials. Everything is a potential
element: paper and fabric scraps, my own handmade papers, paint,
stencils, transfers and photographs. Using cast off "compost" to give
new life to art is richly symbolic to me. Creating physical depth through
layering allows me to more deeply express ideas and feelings. I hope
the layers act as levels to invite emotions, thoughts, memories
and meaning for viewers of my art.

Necklace Bergamo, Black.  Begona Rentero
 If you've seen our Blog before you already know what we
think of Begona Rentero's work.

And yet this necklace...




And here are the earrings, in red:

Earrings Bergamo, Red.  Begona Rentero
 These are huge, long, dangly, lightweight, and available in other colors.
Our first pair was snapped up immediately after we put them
on display, but stay tuned. We'll have more available shortly.

Can you even imagine wearing these to a holiday party?


Enough said.

"Intermezzo" Silk Swing Jacket.  Roselle Abramowitz
This is yet another gorgeous piece by remarkable artist
Roselle Abramowitz.  Double-layered hand-painted silk
in shades of blue, green and purple make a luscious
statement in a cropped swing jacket that can be
hung on the wall as an art piece or worn to that
extra-special occasion.  The length and drop-shoulder
tapered-sleeve styling makes this a universally becoming garment.

As we have reported elsewhere in this Blog,
Roselle passed away recently in her home of Stowe, Vermont.
To read more about her fascinating life, skip back several posts
or search Roselle Abramowitz to read our homage
to this talented artist.

So much for September, now all nicely wrapped up.  Please come back soon for a bright October harvest version of the newsletter, already in the works!  If you'd like to have our e-card reminder delivered to your mailbox, plus early warning of events, exhibits and sales, please contact, leave your e-mail address, and we'll sign you up.

Thanks for visiting, and see you next time!