Thursday, October 29, 2015

You're Invited: November 2015 First Friday Artwalk

Halloween is almost here and Thanksgiving is around the corner, so it must be time to wander into downtown Winslow and enjoy looking at beautiful things - for yourself, your home, and all those deserving folks on your gift lists.  This First Friday Artwalk here at the Gallery will be a wood extravaganza that you don't want to miss.  AND we're having a BIG SALE!  Read on for the details:

Wood Odysseys

November 6 –29, 2015

Reception with the Artists:

First Friday, November 6, 6-8 pm

Thoughtful and exciting works to enliven your home or work environment
from Northwest artists

Sean Carleton, Nathan Christopher, L. Wendy Dunder, Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi, David Kellum
Carl Larson, John Luke, Ted Scherrer, Donald Smith, Dave Thompson, Tiplin Taylor
Scott Trumbo and Alan Vogel

Also Announcing:

In conjunction with the Wood Odysseys Exhibition:


Existing Inventory of Wood Slabs, Wall Sculptures, Benches, Desks


About Our Newest Wood Artists:

Sean Carleton was 15 when his father introduced him to welding, and he was immediately hooked.  He traveled to Australia to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, then enrolled at Western Washington University with hopes of pursuing a future in renewable energy vehicles. But it was while working as a hardwood flooring sander and finisher that he began a serious pursuit of welding and metallurgy, attending Lake Washington Technical College and eventually working as a welder in Ballard.  From there he began crafting fine furniture.  Here is something about his process and philosophy, in his own words:

When I build with my hands I feel happy and fulfilled. I like to create the designs in my
head first, then physically manifest them. While working in my shop I feel freedom. … I push myself, improve, push boundaries, chase new technology and new possibilities for a clean energy future surrounding the Solar Energy Movement. I want to challenge the art form, and make my mark.

Architecture, the balance of weight, and ideas for the future all inspire my work. Each
morning I wake I find inspiration in my shop with complex textures, material shape and my fierce inner drive. Music maintains my focus and allows my mind to fluently flow through physical fluid geometric shapes. Industrial environments in which I spent my young life have left a indelible mark. Appreciation of equipment, tools, techniques, and materials is my type of fun.

Objects are cheap, quality is low, and people are tired. My work signifies lasting quality
and integrity. I want my work to be a symbol that people can rely on in times of despair and
remember that a dreamer existed and fought until the end for what they believed in.
Each piece is cut, de-burred, tacked together, TIG (tungsten inert gas) welded, sanded,
finished and assembled by hand. With complete control of quality and function I am able to
achieve new ideas and forms of movement.

Finishing metal and wood by hand is my specialty. I work with patinas as well as clear finishes to ensure a long life. I use a progressive, environmentally friendly two-part hardened oil to protect my woodwork in a thin application. This process reveals the natural beauty and texture of the wood beneath.

David Kellum of Port Townsend, Washington designs and builds residential and commercial wood furniture that allow him to join together his creative and technical abilities.  David creates graceful, contemporary pieces that highlight the natural beauty of the wood and make the most of a valuable natural resource, providing lasting beauty and utility.

Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi of Bainbridge Island combines her talents as a fine artist with her skills as a fine woodworker specializing in Antique Restoration and Repair, unique Fine Wood Furnishings and Fine Art Assemblages. Ms. Fiedler Kawaguchi attended Cornish Art Institute in 1978 and ‘79 and received a degree in fine art from Western Washington University in 1981 with a focus on Japanese Art History and Printmaking. She apprenticed to a violinmaker and a ceramicist during the 1980s while living in New Mexico where she opened her first woodworking and interior furnishings business. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. She has worked as an artist and woodworker for the past 25 years and now makes her home in Washington.

About Our Fine Woodworkers:

Nathan Christopher’s work merges sustainability and functionality with the aesthetics of unique and artful design.  With a degree in Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University, Nathan places a huge emphasis on timeless elements created by nature.
Each piece is conceived and crafted according to the history, nuance and texture of the reclaimed wood used.  Nathan creates furniture and sculpture with character.

A talented multi-disciplinary artist, L. Wendy Dunder of Portland, Oregon, returns to her first artistic love with  her amazing illuminated paper and wood sculptures.   Wendy says, “Once again it is light I crave.  The lamps I create are sculptures with a purpose. They are made of wood strips cut thin on the table saw, bent into shape and held with hoops and clothespins, as each strip is glued in place. It takes a long time because glue joints must dry before more are added. When the shape is complete, the skin of small pieces of tissue paper are painted on with diluted white glue. About 10 layers with attendant drying time make a surprisingly tough translucent skin.”

With over 25 years of experience in fine woodworking, Carl Larson has built hundreds of one-of-a-kind pieces, from custom cabinetry and architectural elements such as staircases, doors and mantles to custom hand-built furniture at his North Kitsap studio.   In particular, his lamps are created from exotic hardwoods with special shades made from bark and vintage electrical components.

Fine furniture maker John Luke began woodworking as a part-time avocation three decades ago. After stress-related illness forced an early retirement, Luke began designing and building furniture 24/7.   Clean, simple lines with a perfect balance of form and function best characterize Luke’s designs. Table, dresser or chair, Luke uses exposed joinery techniques and gives meticulous attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. He finishes each piece with low luster varnish or lacquer for maximum durability.

Ted Scherrer’s hand-crafted furniture is inspired by the American Arts and Crafts movement. In response to the superficial decor of the Victorian Age, this turn of the century movement sought to establish a new aesthetic based on the beauty of natural materials combined with handcraft to produce designs of simple lines and high integrity:  This furniture is built to last.   Says Ted, “My pieces are meant to be heirlooms.  Exposed mortise and tenons and doweling demonstrates structural integrity; the joinery in fact becomes the decoration. Arts and Crafts is much more than a style, it represents a fundamental design reform and is a reflection of a historical ideology.”

Donald Smith of Seattle specializes in furniture using salvaged wood from urban trees. Besides utilizing materials that would otherwise go to waste, the urban trees used are typically older and larger than their farmed cousins and grow in more interesting ways in the open than they do in the forest. They develop unique shapes and curves and unusually beautiful patterns, or “figure,” as well as other markings that tell the history of the tree. Most of the wood he uses is from hardwood trees found in and around Seattle, with walnut, madrone, elm and maple being the most popular.

Dave Thompson of Seattle is well known for his exquisite bowls and accessories, with walnut, sycamore, elm and maple woods predominating in his popular designs.

Tiplin Taylor brings us wonderful bent-wood utensils crafted from exotic woods.

Scott Trumbo generally uses premium native west coast woods in his beautiful bowls, with big leaf maple and big leaf maple burl being the dominant woods he works with.  He also turns myrtlewood, pacific madrone, coastal redwood burl, red alder, claro walnut, sycamore, the fruitwoods, and some imported exotics.  He lives and works in western Oregon.

Alan Vogel of Bainbridge Island, while known for his reclaimed fir dining tables, also fashions more artistic live edge pieces from figured and spalted slabs of maple, alder, cherry and redwood, among other woods. Each of these pieces display a uniqueness that emphasize the natural shape and characteristics of the wood.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 2015 Gallery Picks Newsletter

Yes, we're back!

Following a little summer hiatus we are happy to be laboring under a veritable backlog of beauty, as you will see by scrolling downwards.  This post will feature several more items than actually appear on our card, so continue on for October Surprises, particularly in Jewelry and Textiles.

And of course, our artists have outdone themselves, as always.

We have also just posted some important and exciting news pertaining to the online shop, so please see the post prior to this one for all that information.

Please enjoy!


Sycamore Bench; with A Particular Green Hillside, Mark Bowles

A combination too seductive to ignore, this lovely Northwest artisan-crafted
sycamore bench looks right at home beneath one of Mark Bowles'
glowing acrylics.  Once we noted the two together,
we couldn't feature one without the other!

From locally salvaged wood, the artist has carefully combined
raw nature with clean lines for a contemporary look that
is highly sought after these days.   The jaunty yet rustic bowtie join,
quite literally, ties it all together.

Here's a closer look at those lovely, undulating edges:

Sycamore Bench, close-up showing live edge
For more information on Mark whose work, so reminiscent of abundant
Central California landscapes, we so greatly admire,
click here to go to his online Gallery shop page.

from ICE 2.  Irene Yesley
The subject of our current Gallery Exhibition Patterns in Plexi, Irene Yesley has
presented us with more of her incomparable artistry.  The range of
techniques and styles, including her use of monotype and paper with layers of plexiglas,
is most impressive; we highly recommend a visit to the Gallery
to view these new works by a truly special Bainbridge Island artist.

Irene is also featured in an exhibit that has just opened at the
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Thought Patterns,
550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, Washington.
For further information about Irene, please view the previous post on this blog,
which discusses more about the artist, her work and recent/current shows;
or click here to visit her pages in our online shop.


Ponchette, Purple.  Bobbie Sumberg
What a lovely way to ward off the cold of winter!

These fine knitted wool and silk "Ponchettes", with
snappy tassels and casual styling, are just the ticket.
Just toss over your head, and off you go.  They are soft and stylish,
easy to dress up (for example, with the shown orange silk batik
and bead necklace from Red Lotus, or one of Carter Smith's fabulous
little shibori silk scarves) or keep casual, over a shirt and jeans.
They are also available in other colors.

We welcome Bobbie as one of the Gallery's newest artists.
Here's a little something about her:

Bobbie Sumberg began knitting at seven years old and has been involved
with textiles ever since.  After a five-year stint raising sheep,
spinning, dying, and weaving, she returned to school and received
an M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and a Ph.D in 2001.
Research for both these degrees in textile studies was conducted in
West Africa.  She has also done research and traveled in India, North Africa,
Turkey, and the Middle East and held the position of Curator of Textiles
and Costume, as well as Curator of African Art, at the Museum of International
Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico for fourteen years.

She has authored Young Brides, Old Treasures:  Macedonian Embroidered
Dress, Textiles:  Museum of International Folk Art Collection as well as
co-authoring the book Sleeping Around:  The Bed from Antiquity to Now and
has published articles on her research and on collections at the Museum.

Please check Bobbie's page in the online shop here
for further information or to see other available colors of
these delectably cozy capes.

Peplum Jacket and Pleat Skirt.  Carol Lee Shanks

We love Carol Lee Shanks' work, as you may have noticed
if you follow this blog.  And why not?  Her styles are always
eye-catching and avant-garde, yet she is able to add a
functionality to each piece that allows them to take you from
daily wear to high fashion with a tweak here or an accessory there.


This ensemble, for example, is breathtaking.  We don't like
exaggeration, but this really is something to behold:  In dramatic tones of autumn
browns with a metallic gleam and red/orange undertones, the fabric is crisp and
holds its pleats.  With a pair of walking boots and your favorite friend,
this amazing outfit would take you directly to the opera.

So dramatic, and typical of Carol's work, more of which may
be viewed right here.

Jacket, Midnight Blue.  Spirithouse
Oh, boy.  This one is fun.

From our wonderful Spirithouse line and its creator, Katrin Noon,
comes this new addition to the Gallery, a terrific zip-front jacket
with collar that can flip up or lie flat, and can easily convert to
double duty as a top over leggings or pants.

It shows as very dramatic when zipped all the way up, which gives
it a high-collared, faux-turtleneck look; then add a scarf or necklace.
But we particularly love the styling on the back, with its
gentle pleating - such a pretty additional touch by a skillful
artist/designer. Visit more of her work here.

Silk Shibori Scarf, multicolored.  Carter Smith

Not to repeat ourselves, but we must:  if you follow this
blog at all, you know we LOVE the shibori genius of Carter Smith.

And we are happy to announce that we have another selection of
his small and medium scarves available once again in the online shop here,
most of which qualify for free shipping.  For an even greater selection,
please call the Gallery or just wander in when you're on the island; there are
always a few pieces that don't make it onto the website.

For more information on this great Shibori Master, see one of the many
other posts here on the blog where he is featured, or visit his
page (right here) in the Gallery's online shop.  While you're there, do
take a gander at the magnificent clothing this incredible designer creates,
more of which are available in the Gallery.

Nacho Poncho "Fire".  Amy Brill

Another artist we can't get enough of!
Our latest shipment of Amy Brill's fabulous knitted tops, sweaters and ponchos
has just arrived in the Gallery, and we're working like mad to get them up
in the webshop.  These are so interesting, stylish, wearable, fun,
fit a wide range of body shapes and sizes, and really look good on everyone.

They are also wonderfully priced, so think GIFTS!
One of these would make a beautiful and functional present for a
special someone.

(Oh, dear, and look at the date - almost time for holiday shopping!
Sorry to bring that up, but... YIKES...)

For a fun and colorful visual feast, check out all our available
pieces from Amy right here.

Regular Tumblers: Topaz, Teal, Lime Ken and Ingrid Hanson

What were we just saying about gift giving... oh, YES, that's right.
Time to start thinking.

Well, think no more:  We'll make this easy.

For gifting to your favorite glass lovers or simply as lovely accents
on your own Thanksgiving table, these handblown tumblers
will bring together that festive look we all shoot for at this time of year.
And these colors - the amber, teal and apple green are at the
very heart of an autumn color palette.
They are available in a range of colors, such as lime, salmon, aqua, topaz,
purple, orange, green, cobalt, yellow and ruby.  Please give the Gallery a call if
you don't see the color you need online here; if we're out of stock in particular
colors we can special order for you, but please check early for the holidays.

For more information about these excellent artists
click here to visit their pages in the online shop.


"Naked" Raku Pot.  Mark Ferris
The Gallery welcomes local ceramic artist Mark Ferris and his
pottery, known for beautiful form and wonderful markings, in this case
created from horsehair.  The artist refers to his technique
as "naked" raku, so-called because the clay is unglazed.

Here are a few of the artist's own words about his craft:

I have been working with clay for about 10 years. My passion is exploring the
earthier, natural look of the pottery tradition. Each unique pot is hand-thrown
in symmetrical forms, generally trending toward the pottery and style of the
American Southwest. My current focus has been exploring the smoke firing
technique called Naked Raku.

Currently, I have been working with smoke or carbon firing. This technique
challenges me to explore the depths of this complex medium. My goal is
to create one of kind pieces that challenges the medium’s depths but also
my creative energy.

You can visit Mark's page in the online shop here.


Kunzite Necklace.  Virginia Paquette
My, my, my.

Virginia outdoes herself every time, something we have come to expect,
long for and admire, but this stone - Gorgeous!

The large focal stone is an extraordinary piece of pink kunzite.  At first
glance the pink is bashful and elusive, but when the right light catches it a pinky-rainbow
of subtle color presents itself.  Virginia has paired it with a milky, glowing old
African trading bead and bulky chain, and frankly, all we can say is
whether you wear it with an evening gown or a potato sack,
no one will notice the difference.

(Officially, however, we do NOT endorse the wearing
of potato sacks.)

Multi Charm Necklace.  Virginia Paquette
This one has also just arrived - a familiar style of
Virginia's in recent years - and features a number of little treasures,
including pearl, silver, mother of pearl, lodalite and labradorite (drool).

(This looks great with the Carol Lee Shanks metallic swirl
autumn brown ensemble, by the way.)

More of Virginia's incredible jewelry appears here.

Well, that should do it for right now.  We'll be back in November with many more suggestions for holiday gift giving and wearing or, of course, simply wonderful items for you and you alone.

If you'd like to have our Newsletter Alert card mailed directly to your inbox please send a note to us at sr [at] theislandgallery [dot] net, and we'll put you on our mailing list.  This will also assure that you receive first notice of exhibitions, sales and concerts, as well as our other occasional features.  (Don't worry, we only do mailings about twice a month, so we won't stuff your inbox.)

Have a ghastly Halloween, enjoy the lovely cool of autumn, and we'll be back before Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Gallery Online Shop News - October 2015

We are fast approaching the holiday shopping season, and have some great news to share with our wonderful online customers!

First, our latest shipment of Amy Brill sweaters, ponchos and tops is in, lovely wearable styles in luscious colors.  Visit them right here.  (We also have some pieces from her Web Werk line, which will be posted shortly, or visit the Gallery).  Availability is limited, and there won't be any more coming in before the end of the year.  So be forewarned and act accordingly, especially as these make FANTASTIC gifts.

Skramble Vest, Green.  Amy Brill

Second, we are delighted to announce FREE SHIPPING on a number of different items in time for the holidays.  We'll put up alerts as we add to these, but so far they include:

*** ALL Begona Rentero jewelry (if gift-giving please inquire as to shipping dates):
*** Carter Smith's small scarves:
*** All scarves priced at $100.00 and below.  For example:

Two-Sided Scarf.  Spirithouse

Third, here's a way to afford those extra-special gifts:  We offer a LAYAWAY service, year-round.  Simply contact us by e-mail or phone to make arrangements.  Our terms are flexible and we look forward to working with you to bring you the fine art pieces you desire.

And last but definitely not least, we are delighted to announce that you no longer need to have a PayPal account to shop at The Island Gallery's online shop.  We are now accepting your personal MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards.

That's all for now but check back soon; we'll post more news as the run-up to the holidays continues!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

You're Invited: October 2015 Artwalk - Irene Yesley, Patterns on Plexi

Incredible art?  Check.  Music for dancing?  Check.  A sip or two of wine?  Check and check.  Add to that mild autumn weather, snacks for nibbling and the strolling ambience of downtown Winslow and you have First Friday Artwalk.

Come and see us!  Here are the details:

Monotype with Plate - Red.  Monotype, water base ink on 2 layers of plexi.  Irene Yesley

Irene Yesley

Patterns on Plexi

New Work

October 2 –31, 2015

Artist’s Reception
First Friday, October 2nd, 6-8 pm

In concert:

Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
Bainbridge Island’s Own Gypsy Jazz Band

About the Artist:   Irene Yesley of Bainbridge Island describes herself as a geometric abstract minimalist, designing flat, hard-edge patterns against a relatively flat background. Physical textures, such as brush strokes, play a minimal role to the interplay of positive and negative shapes, and the emotional impact of color.

I earned an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University. After graduation, I bought two floor looms and started making rugs and tapestries. Eventually I grew frustrated with the restraints of weaving, the warp and the weft and sold my looms. Freed from fiber, I have explored pencil, pastel and oil stick on paper, done reverse painting on Plexiglas, acrylics on wooden panels, gesso board and canvas.

The outdoors is the biggest influence on my work. The first landscape I knew was Spokane, Washington, where I grew up. That was followed by the cactus of Arizona for 5 years, the urbanscapes of Boston and Washington, DC, the chaparral of Topanga Canyon, and 22 years in the desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  For six years until 2004, we had a condo in Kas, Turkey, on the Turquoise Coast of the Mediterranean, where I spent six months a year.

Now I live on an island across the sound from Seattle in a temperate rainforest. Without even being aware of what was happening, each new location has changed the shapes and colors in my work.

The Island Gallery is pleased to announce that Irene was awarded 1st Prize, 2D Artwork, at the Annual Statewide Juried Competition and Show at Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, Washington.  She has also recently won an award for her work at the exhibition The Printmaker's Hand III, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, Washington, and at the Women Painters of Washington Fall Members Show, 2010, First Place; Juror Barbara Shaiman, Director of SAM Gallery, Seattle, Washington.  Her work will also appear in a winter 2015-16 show at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
White on Blue.  Acrylic paint on 3 layers of plexi.  Irene Yesley
About the Band:  Bainbridge Island’s Ranger and the Re-Arrangers play gypsy jazz or “hot jazz,” an upbeat jazz style created in the 1930s by Django Reinhardt and other European stringplayers evoking the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite.   “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm).  The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger's unique originals.

Ranger Sciacca’s performances and compositions reflect his extensive studies in classical, jazz, and folk music. Ranger also studied folk and dance music for seven years with renowned Seattle fiddler Stuart Williams. Ranger’s main influences include guitarist Django Reinhardt and jazz violin greats Stuff Smith, Claude Williams and Stephane Grappelli. Ranger studied jazz theory and history at Whitman College.

Michael Sciacca, Ranger’s dad, has been his rhythm guitarist for many years; they have performed as a swing jazz duo since 2001.

Percussionist Jeffrey Moose has a 30-year career in both music and fine art. His collaborations and band projects include work with Joined at the Head, Heliotroupe, Dog Superior, Stiff Kitty, Atoke, Zayah Emmanuel, and Sam Andrews, founder of Big Brother and the Holding Company. He is currently director of Jeffrey Moose Gallery in Seattle.

Mandolin player Dave Stewart is a classically-trained pianist.