AT THE GALLERIES ON WHIDBEY
September 4, 2012 · Updated 3:10 PM
Raven Rocks features Double Bluff
Raven Rocks Gallery is proud to feature Tom Trimbath’s final installment of his five-year photo essay of the natural environment of Whidbey Island, “Twelve Months at Double Bluff.” The show runs through Oct. 2.
In the artist’s words, “South Whidbey is treated to a pocket of a park that stretches out of sight and retreats to nature. Double Bluff’s cliffs form the western wall that borders Useless Bay, a place that may be useless to mariners, but that is very useful for natural, native and current residents … I treat digital photography as if it was film. I don’t crop, colorize, add or subtract … Each photo is a phrase in a paragraph. Every month of images is a paragraph in a 12-month-long chapter. The chapters will be combined into a book that is a story of place.”
Join Trimbath, owners Mary Jo Oxrieder and Windwalker Taibi and the gallery artists for the opening reception during the First Friday Artwalk and Wine Tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.
Raven Rocks Gallery is located at Greenbank Farm. For information and gallery hours, call 222-0102.
Art, music, wine are at Taste for Wine
The “Cellar Room” at Taste for Wine features three artists through Oct. 1. The show includes photography by Marian Myszkowski, who captures moments in time through the lens of her camera. Not easily categorized, her subject matter is anything that captures her eye. The show will also feature original oils and prints of local scenes in magnificent color, including Admiralty Head Lighthouse and Deception Pass by SR Thomas Jr., and prints of acrylic paintings by George Jennings, a Seattle artist. Jennings combines images in an art deco style.
The Sunday Live Music Series, with musicians playing from 3 to 5 p.m. every Sunday afternoon, continues with a performance by Alyse Black, a Northwest singer of wide renown on Sept. 9. For more information, call 321-0515.
Whimsy and color fill Schouten
During September, Rob Schouten Gallery will feature the imaginative paintings of Wendy Wees.
“Her colorful and whimsical oil paintings are an absolute delight,” said gallery owner Victory Schouten. “The paintings in this exhibit cleverly play with the idea of birds and birdhouses in completely original and magical ways.”
Also featured is the handblown glass art of Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell, who have pursued their love of handblown glass for more than 40 years. Adamson has served as technical and assistant director at Pilchuck Glass School and founded The Glass Eye Studio in Seattle with Swalwell.
This exhibition will open in conjunction with First Fridays at the Farm Art and Wine Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The artists will be in attendance and all can enjoy the music of the Muse & Eye.
The gallery is located at the Greenbank Farm. For details, call 222-3070.
Landscape, blown glass at Museo
Lisa Snow Lady will be showing new works in acrylic on panel at Museo during September. These works explore landscape and architecture in and around Langley, South Whidbey and the Puget Sound area. Takuya Tokizawa will exhibit works in blown glass featuring a series of brightly colored blown glass vessels with loose and organic contours. The show opens with an artists reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The exhibit will run through Sept. 30.
For details, call 221-7737.
Brackenwood has print show
Brackenwood Gallery presents its annual Print Show. The work of renowned print artists will be on display from Sept. 8 through Oct. 1.
Printmaking is an ancient art form going back thousands of years. However it wasn’t until the 19th century that artists were able to produce limited editions. The fine art prints in this show offer a variety of printmaking techniques.
Bridget Fischer said her newest work was inspired by a “profound appreciation of nature and landscape.” Her monotypes, which are one-of-a-kind hand pulled prints, have a painterly quality. Fischer’s work is typically abstract and has a contemporary feel. Dona Reed utilizes a linoleum relief block printing technique. Her prints are typically black and white animal motifs.
Buffy Cribbs’ prints are both linocuts and etchings. Thematically, Cribbs’ new prints are illustrations from a literary work she is currently working on. Francy Blumhagen hand colors her relief prints, which feature native birds. Diane Divelbess has two relief prints for this show. Her use of strong geometric shapes and earthy colors, printed on kozo paper, make these large prints really pop. Briony Morrow Cribbs’ etchings are from her recent MFA show. Briony Cribbs said, “This menagerie is an exploration of the categories ‘human’ and ‘animal’ and the intersections between the two.”
Bruce Morrow’s prints include etchings, block prints and one dry point print in which he scratched a detailed drawing of the inside of a barn onto the surface of the plate. Morrow hand colors his prints. Michel Tsouris’ etchings will be printed on both paper and wax. Tsouris’ theme for this work was “ways of getting home.” As always, her work is full of mysterious details.
For details, call 221-2978.
Industrial glamor is at Artworks
Black and white film photographer John Olsen will be Artworks Gallery’s featured artist for September. His exhibit, “Industrial Glamour,” will be featured at the First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will provide live music.
“I am drawn to black and white photography using film and darkroom printing techniques because I feel the results are more expressive of my own personal effort,” Olsen said. “I like the demanding authority of a heavy camera, and the finality of committing to a piece of film, especially when it’s the last in my bag.”
Over a four-day period at the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition in Vancouver, Olsen focused on artistic detail work and organic shapes, marveling at the genius of these machine builders. Olsen said he also tracked down other examples at motorcycle shows, as well as searched through garages on Whidbey.
Artworks Gallery is at Greenbank Farm.
Sullivan, Kuehn show in Langley
September’s featured artists at Whidbey Art Gallery are landscape photographer Craig Sullivan and stone sculptor Travis Gerard Kuehn.
September’s Artwalk is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 with artists’ receptions at participating galleries.
Whidbey Art Gallery is located at 220 Second St. in Langley. For details, visit www.whidbeyartists.com.