We are excited to add the printmaking and collage art of Francy Blumhagen to our collection of local talent. Francy was chosen as Coupeville Arts Festival poster artist for 2017. A long time resident of Whidbey Island, Francy has made a career of being an artist. Whidbey Island has provided her with the inspiration for her imagery of plants, birds and animals, the land, sea and sky. Her work employs a variety of printmaking methods and mixed media/collage. She uses linoleum, wood or cardboard as a plate in which she cuts her image. After printing the image on natural, textured paper, Francy may further embellish the piece with additional painting and collage.
Mixed Media Artist Diane Tompkinson will be at the gallery on Thursday, August 17, from 10AM to 5:30 PM with some of her print making tools. Although Diane works in mixed media, it is through printmaking that she is able to enjoy her love of painting, drawing, and carving. Growing up on the wooded bluffs and beaches of Puget Sound, Diane finds inspiration among the many birds and saltwater creatures found there. She has made a lifelong study of birds, especially raptors and crows. She enjoys creating a variety of printing plates using both organic and man-made materials.
Phyllis Drummond's artwork is featured during July and August at Christopher's on Whidbey in Coupeville.
Enjoy a fine meal and Phyllis' beautiful artwork. She enjoys working in watercolor as well as in pastel and graphite. Her first love is capturing the beautiful human personality via portraiture. More inspiration for her paintings comes from the feeling of the infinite she finds in the magnificent landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
Patty Picco is displaying her mixed media work at Knead & Feed during July and August. She considers herself a “Layerist”. Her work starts with the subtle textures of monotype or her own photographs. From there, she may combine paint with her hand-painted papers, paying special attention to the mood that she is trying to convey in the piece. She continues the layering process with the addition of encaustic painting, using a mixture of beeswax, damar resin for hardening and pure pigment for color. Patty enjoys combining mediums to create works that are rich in color, texture and luminosity.
If you are staying at the Blue Goose Inn take a moment to enjoy the work of other Penn Cove Gallery artists; Michele Kempees through August, Randy Emmons through November, and Rainy Lindell through December.
Colored Pencil artist, Janis Collins, is our Featured Artist for the month of July. Janis loves the detail and precision of pencil drawings. Her inspiration comes from every form of animal life as well as shells, water, plants and trees found on Whidbey Island.
Janis begins her work with a sketch, deciding lighting, form, color and composition, and then gradually shapes it into its final form. She will be at Penn Cove Gallery July 17th, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and will demonstrate her colored pencil techniques.
Ever wondered how Mary Ellen O'Connor creates her copper and gold pieces? Starting with a copper sheet, she cuts the shape of the cuff and bends it into a basic cuff. Then using a sinusoidal stake she starts the anticlastic shaping. She moves to another stake and planishs (flattens) it to finish the shaping. Not shown is finishing work on the edges and adding the 23K gold leaf.
Dine with Art
Penn Cove Gallery artists' work exclusively hangs, and may be purchased, in these fine Coupeville restaurants: