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Langley galleries open new shows

"Photo: Danny Love, a blown glass piece by Danny Perkins on exhibit at Museo.Group exhibits opening Saturday at Museo and Gaskill/Olson galleries in Langley showcase works by Whidbey Island and regional artists, while the Artists' Cooperative of Whidbey Island is showing work by two Artists of the Month.Nationally known glass sculptor Danny Perkins, who makes his home in Langley, presents his latest body of work in blown, broken, sandblasted, painted and reassembled glass sculpture. Perkins' work is widely collected, his finished pieces tall, elegant shapes, often with irregular, organic qualities that are accented with combinations of soft and brilliant colors.Elizabeth Kincaid returns for her annual show of realistic, strongly graphic watercolor paintings, with images found in nature and enhanced with vibrant color. She has promised 15 new paintings for the show. Preview the works on Aug. 4, from 19:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 5-9 p.m.The Gaskill/Olson Gallery offers a bit of the abstract for August by exhibiting works from two local artists and two from Olympia.The acrylic paintings of Bob Gillis are inspired by the early stories of the Holy Grail, in which the grail took on many forms, including rock and chalice, and conferred attributes associated with fertility and renewal. Clinton artist Fara Mazzola Wexler spent much of her career teaching as well as creating, and works now in drawing and painting, using prisma pencil, watercolor and other media.Alec Clayton of Olympia, new to the gallery, has shown his work in many South Sound galleries. The art is abstract but recalls organic themes in evoking movement and emotions. Also new is Freeland fiber artist Alethea Shinneman, whose conceptual work combines the tactile allure of cloth and stitchery in both her wall hangings and framed pieces.An artists' reception will be held on Aug. 5 from 6-9 p.m.Watercolorist Joan Brosnahan and metal sculptor Paul M. Thorne are the Artists of the Month at the Artists' Co-op in Langley. Brosnahan's works are varied in style, but each combine the intensity of strong colors with the softness of fresh transparent glazes.Paul Thorne, exposed to beautifully made glass, carvings and fabric in hie childhood, now creates metal furnishings, lighting and sculpture for public and private collections. All of his work is done by hand -- hammered, pierced and cut into various shapes after the metal is brought to a red heat. Individual parts are joined together, then every surface is smoothed, hand burnished and heat colored.Most of Thorne's art incorporates subjects in nature such as fish, flowers and birds native to the Northwest."

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