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Schouten offers a look in the mirror

In July, the gallery will feature the luminous paintings and hand-pulled prints of Anne Belov, and the evocative sculptures of Sharon Spencer in an exhibition called “Always a Self Portrait.”

Belov’s paintings and prints are prized for their vibrant palette, exquisite use of light, and for their specificity of place and time, all of which reflect the connection she feels with her subject.

“Recently I find myself looking for an internal reason to choose a particular image other than light or color. In the case of some paintings I turned to poetry in my search for such a catalyst. I was looking for an idea in the poem to spark my imagination and then lead me in terms of mood, rather than subject. The title of this exhibit was inspired by a poem of the same title by Stephen Roxborough,” Belov said.

For Spencer, a fascination with native cultures, a deep respect for animals and for the earth is the constant thematic thread throughout her work.

“I hope to speak quietly and powerfully to the heart through my sculpture,” Spencer said.

“I hope as you view the paintings and sculptures, you let them lead you to a place within your own thoughts and experiences. Each piece of art has a story that can only be discovered by the person it is viewed by, and everyone’s story will be different,” Belov added.

This exhibition will open in conjunction with First Fridays at the Farm Art and Wine Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 6. Both artists will be in attendance, as well as Baby Bahia playing Latin jazz.

Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at the Greenbank Farm. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, contact

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