The word “resonance” is defined as the quality a sound takes of being deep, full and reverberating. Figuratively speaking, it is the ability to evoke images, memories and emotions.
There is a group of island artists who want to do all of that with their first show.
Nine artists come together to create “Resonance” in a muli-faceted, sensorial display of fine art, music and food from Thursday, May 15 through Thursday, May 22 in the Front Room Gallery at Bayview Corner.
Artists Jon-Paul Dowdell, Clark Sarbaugh, Richie Alexander, Sam Hendrix, Anna
Lennon, Eric Tunnell and Gabriel Adams — along with musicians Joseph Sanchez and friends and culinary artist Jess Dowdell — bring together their passions for a multi-sensory experience.
This, said the group of young artists, is not your grandmother’s art show. The group’s intention is to send the viewer on a ride through the five senses, so that one’s sense of smell even is heightened, at least during the artist’s reception.
Chef Dowdell’s food and Sanchez and friends’ music will be included only at a free artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
And if you miss the reception, Art and Fishmonger Sushi is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18.
Although this will be the debut of several of these young artists, they have been busy and prolific.
They will show about 100 pieces in several mediums including metal-work sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, pen and ink, painting, collage, encaustic photography and filmmaking.
When asked why this particular group was chosen for the show, the general consensus was passion for ideas and friendship.
“We all have the same goal,” Sarbaugh said.
“We represent different feelings, but our goal is to resonate as much as we can in the work and that ties us all together.”
“The whole room will be an installation of visual art, sound and even food on Saturday,” said Dowdell.
It is Dowdell who seems to have brought the group together by gathering them around her table to eat.
Dowdell said she plans to create her signature locally-grown, organic feast so that guests will be able to “eat with their eyes first and then taste.”
There is an interconnection in the group, they said, that is revealed not only when they are hanging out together as friends, but in the ideas that they exchange with each other. The show was inspired by wanting to bridge the gap between each member of the group’s respective media and its common sensibility.
“It’s not so much about the artwork as it is about how we talk to each other and what ideas come out of that,” Sarbaugh said.
Like the food, the music on Saturday night will add its own dimension to the show.
Sanchez will be playing the didgeridoo and the harmonium. He will be accompanied by friends Rochman Ross on percussion and Hannah Wahl on her harp.
Sanchez said the East Indian-style music is perfect for a show like “Resonance” because its vibrational and meditative and will put people in the right mood while enjoying the experience of the art.
Robbie Cribbs of Soundtrap Studios will be recording the music live.
“We hope this will be just the first of many art shows from this group,” Sanchez said.
Each artist will be offering a piece of their work in a raffle being held at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at the reception.
A limited number of $10 raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the Fishmonger at the Bayview Cash Store, Catherine DeWitt’s Frames in Freeland, Mukilteo Coffee Roasters and during the show prior to the reception.
For more information, call 221-2372.