Friday, May 26, 2017

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, June 2, 2017

Our interesting exhibition featuring drawings and exploration of line continues through June.  This month we also introduce the sculptural work of Bainbridge Island artist Bill Galvani.

About the Show:

A joint exhibition with long-time Gallery artist Yesley, Bainbridge Island-based abstract geometric minimalist working in acrylics and monotype; and Pentheroudakis, whose pen-and-ink drawings reflect his interest in abstraction and formalism expressed through repetition and seriality.  Both of these artists have had their work exhibited at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, among other venues. 

Artist Bill Galvani, whose professional background is as a museum director, carves using the traditional tools of drawknife, spokeshave, wood rasp, and knife.  He prefers basswood, a hardwood that holds detail and takes a blade well.  Carving shorebirds and ducks has encouraged him to study them, which has led him to participate in conservation activities that preserve birds and their habitats.
In Bill’s words:

Carving gives me pleasure and relaxation: the smell of freshly-cut chips, the finish of the wood, and the feel of the form as it takes shape.  I enjoy learning about birds, watching them, and trying to understand them. 

I have carved shorebirds, ducks, and whales for some forty years. I appreciate the work of the old masters of this craft, carvers such as the Ward Brothers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Elmer Crowell of Massachusetts.  The wildlife creations of contemporary carvers including Larry Barth and Rich Smoker also inspire me.  In my shorebird carvings I attempt to present a stripped-down form that projects the independence, spirit, and rugged nature of these remarkable feathered creatures.

I served as Director of the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington, for nineteen years.  I also conducted museum accreditation visits for the American Alliance of Museums. Interestingly, those visits often gave me a chance to see the work of other carvers which I always enjoyed

Long-Billed Curlew.  Bill Galvani

Featured Musicians:

The Jenny Davis Jazz Quartet

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 downtown Seattle, and steps from the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

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Event Location:

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

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.