Saturday, February 24, 2018

You're Invited: March 2018 First Friday Artwalk - Black, White & Gray

It's still winter in the Pacific Northwest but for this March First Friday exhibition, the art is going to be hot!  We have an amazing show opening, highlighting the many, many colors of black, white and gray.  Stop down for a  relaxing evening of strolling the town, good company, and a sip or two of wine. 

Black, White & Gray

March 2-31, 2018

David Berger, Jan Branham, Wendy Dunder, Pam Galvani
Gary Groves, Renee Jameson, Kathryn Lesh
Jacki Moseley, Ayan Rivera

Introducing the contemporary basketry of
Dorothy McGuinness

First Friday Artwalk, March 2, 6-8pm


Clockwise from the top:
Ayan Rivera, Sweep. Sumi ink on paper
Jan Branham, Sleeping Woman.  Monoprint
Dorothy McGuinness, ZigZag.  Watercolor paper, acrylic paint, waxed linen thread
Kathryn Lesh, The Balcony.  Monoprint

About the Show:
Art in the many tones of Black, White and Gray.  Featuring monoprints from artists Jan Branham, Pam Galvani, Renee Jameson, and Kathryn Lesh; sumi painting from David Berger and Ayan Rivera; wood block prints from Gary Groves; and mixed media from Wendy Dunder and Jacki Moseley. Introducing the contemporary basketry of Dorothy McGuinness.

Visit the Gallery in person, as well as our extensive Website and Online Shop.

(Mr. Groves appears courtesy of Roby-King Gallery.) 

About the Artists:

Bainbridge Island Artists:

Sleeping Woman

Jan Branham:  After retiring from a 35-year career as a public school art teacher, Jan has become a full time printmaker and is now an active member of the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN), Southern Graphics Print Council, American Craft Council and Seattle Print Arts. She is currently involved in creating a body of work that she calls “ansisters,” using small snapshots of interesting individuals taken in the 1920s-‘50s as inspiration to create her own printed and collaged images that have developed a new life of their own on paper.

San Miniato
Pam Galvani:  For many years, Pam taught history, calligraphy and English. Primarily a printmaker today, Pam has also been a calligrapher for 40 years, incorporating gestural marks in her work. She is inspired by reading or hearing words, phrases or stories that resonate with her and by abstracting the original text, she hopes to discover and reveal ideas that go beyond what legible words may communicate. She travels widely and her art has been shown nationally and locally, including Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

In the Clouds
Renee Jameson:  Renee is a monotype artist and currently the printmaker liaison for the BARN   (Bainbridge Artisan ResourceNetwork). Her work is represented in private collections in California and Bainbridge Island. She is inspired by the landscapes of Bainbridge and California, and tries to create a world that viewers can interpret and respond to in their own way. She considers herself an abstract artist and hopes to create a mood and atmosphere that will evoke an emotion or memory in the viewer.

The Balcony

Kathryn Lesh:  Kathryn is a printmaker who is obsessed with the drama of light and the construction of space, which are starting points from which she explores the line between the abstract and the figurative. Her images capture people and moments that are abbreviated and abstracted enough to invite broad interpretation.

Grape Vine Series #8
*Gary Groves:  Gary is a noted artist on Bainbridge Island (regularly showing at Roby King Gallery) and has exhibited woodcut prints widely in the Northwest and in NYC. He has pursued several different media including sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting and now prints, incorporating the accumulated skills and knowledge into his printmaking. He emphasizes the abstract aspects and uniqueness of each subject he is attracted to, enhancing qualities often not readily identifiable.

*Mr. Groves appears courtesy of Roby-King Gallery.

Ayan Rivera:  Moving from NYC to Bainbridge Island in 2016, Ayan has been actively pursuing sumi painting, after being inspired and taught by NYC artist Koho Yamamoto. He paints for the  brief moments when the eye, hand and brush move together without the mind and when letting go allows something else to move through. Ayan is also an accomplished chef, martial arts instructor and practices acupuncture on Bainbridge Island.

Now Imagine
David Berger:  (Seattle) – Moving to the Northwest from the East Coast, David’s career in art has spanned art criticism (Seattle Times), art curation (Center for Contemporary Art in Seattle, Bellevue Art Museum); and lecturer and juror (SAAM, King County and Washington State Arts Commission). He has been recognized for excellence in journalism and for writing Haiku; this year he published a book on Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest. Over the past decade, David’s sumi paintings have been exhibited in many venues in both Seattle and Tacoma, winning a number of awards.

Dorothy McGuinness:  (Everett)  After studying with Jiro Yonezawa, a Japanese bamboo basketmaker and teacher, Dorothy became proficient in making Japanese-style baskets, particularly diagonal twills. Watercolor paper quickly became her medium of choice and she has since combined her knowledge of traditional bamboo techniques with paper techniques. What most attracts her to using paper and paint for weaving is the ability to play with color and pattern.  Dorothy is known for her weaving innovations and contemporary shapes; the evolution of her body of work is built on taking risks and avoiding the “known.” Dorothy has studied basketmaking for over 30 years and her work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, including in Korea, Australia and Spain. She has won numerous awards, including among them multiple Niche Awards and Handweavers Guild of America Awards.

The Island Gallery at Sotheby’s

TumarArt Group, Branches
240 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA
Continuing through February 28, 2018

Selected work from Gallery Artists Jacki Moseley, David Berger& Tumar Art Group

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.

Contact Us/Visit:

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Tuesdays - Saturdays 11:00 – 6:00 pm
Sundays Noon – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays

Event Location: 

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

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day: Very Special Treats

If you happen into the Gallery this month you will see, besides the usual extraordinary art, some brand-new treats on hand just in time for Valentine's Day gifting.   Here's a quick peek, and note that all of these items are also currently available in the Gallery's extensive (and very fun!) online shop.  Simply click on the images to visit from your favorite electronic device.

For that Special Someone who happens to be a ceramics enthusiast, or anyone
who enjoys a perfect bowl of noodles (although by no means do we recommend
restraining ourselves by serving ONLY noodles in these gorgeous coppery-red
glazed wood-fired bowls), imagine these gracing your table:

Dave Berfield, Red-glazed Noodle Bowls.  Wood fired
A vision of creamy French Vanilla ice cream topped with
luscious strawberries quickly springs to mind.  On the other extreme, a
toasty-warm breakfast of oatmeal beckons (blueberries always taste
wonderful in red bowls, don't you think?) or phabulous pho.

We at the Gallery are in that above-mentioned group of dedicated ceramic
enthusiasts, particularly when it comes to wood firing, and beyond a doubt
the crusty, rustic anagama look is something that is a wonder to behold.
But these cheery, deep, functional bowls are simply perfect.  So much so
that we use ours literally every day.  Adding to their attraction is the fact that
the artist lives, works and fires these beauties right here on Bainbridge Island,
so really, what could be better?

Oh, did we mention:  they are offered at a special price this month,
as well as this elegant piece below, which has a matching glaze
but is wider and shallow, to function perfectly as a serving dish:

Dave Berfield, Red-glazed Serving Bowl.  Wood fired
There is more of Dave's attractive, accessible work, including vases
and seed pots, to be found in the Gallery or here, on his Artist Pages.
Here's something sweet and soft for a loved one to tuck into a pocket,
display on a desk, sit on the mantel, or generally to snuggle:
Jacki Moseley, Felted Wool Hearts.  Merino Wool
Perhaps better known for her large hanging felted sculptures (which can be
viewed here on her Artist Pages), Jacki's offerings of these Pretty Somethings
are a bit more personal and, as you can see, quite delightful!
These tactile pleasures are also made on Bainbridge, as is this
line of sumptuous, cushy pillows from Island artist and
designer Tom Johnson:

Tom Johnson, Love Grows Here pillow.

On an island where gardening is king and art
flourishes right alongside the roses and raspberries,
the sentiment of this particular pillow fits right into our
prevailing mood, and the current chilly season.  There are a number
of other pillows currently available waiting for new homes, which
can be viewed in the Gallery or on Tom's Artist's Pages (click here).
Tom also enjoys custom orders, so if you have something in mind
to fit in with your decor, please contact us.

 Finally, we've just received a shipment of limited edition
tee shirts from remarkable shibori artist, Mary Jaeger.
These are unmistakably a fit for your Valentine (or for you...):

Mary Jaeger, Love Shibori Tee
Long-sleeved to combat our lingering winter cold and soft as can
always be expected from 100% cotton, these are available in
varying sizes and, as is true with Mary's line of tees, unlikely
to last long in the Gallery.  They're just that good.  Come in or call for
additional information, or to quickly see these and more of Mary's
sophisticated textile pieces, click on the link to head over to her Artist Pages.

Also, and always available in the Gallery but never more in
demand than right about now, are Karen Chaussabel's
Art Cards:

Left, Food Is Love Card
Right, Card in Pink and Grey

Karen original works are encaustic on paper, with the addition
of found objects such as string or thread.  The cards can be found online
as well in the Art Card section of the shop; descriptions of Karen's
process and a look at her original works can be found in various posts elsewhere
on this blog and on her Artist's Pages by clicking here.

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Sundays Noon – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays

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 Happy Valentine's Day to you all!