Jewelry designer, Akemi Walker, will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Sunday, December 30, 2018, from 10- 5pm to demonstrate her work and methods. Akemi’s special love is Art Clay Silver, a mixture of fine silver powder and organic material which comes as a form of clay. When fired, the organic material burns off and the silver fuses to become fine silver sculptured pieces. She uses freshwater pearls, semiprecious stones and Baltic amber with sterling silver in her designs. Living on Whidbey Island, her sculptured fine silver pieces are inspired by the incredible nature that surrounds her.
Gary will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Friday, November the 30, 2018 from 10-5pm, with some of his woodworking tools. Gary’s passion is to search the countryside for a special, one-of- a-kind, piece of timber that has character. He then turns it into a finely engineered, beautiful piece of furniture that is a true work of art. Using methods and styles of earlier times, Gary credits his grandfather for nurturing a keen appreciation for all things wooden. See Gary's website for more.
Encaustic artist, Patty Picco, will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 10am to 5pm, with tools of her trade. Patty considers herself a “Layerist”. Her work starts with the subtle textures of monotype prints or her own photographs. She may combine paint with her own hand-painted papers, paying special attention to the mood she is trying to convey. 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. Her inspiration comes from experiencing nature where she gains a deep appreciation for the energy we share.
Handweaver Janis Saunders will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 10am to 5pm and will be demonstrating the tools of her trade.
Starting with an armful of fine yarns, Janis uses a computer-assisted loom to explore simple and complex patterns. Her current work features lovely cotton and rayon Tencel™ scarves whose threads have been resist-dyed or hand painted before they are woven, making each scarf unique.
Deborah Francis is following in the footsteps of many of our members as the 2018 Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival poster artist.
Deborah has taught ceramics and sculpture the high school, college, and adult levels. Stoneware, Raku clay, and recycled materials were her primary focus prior to discovering a relatively new material: polymer clay. She began concentrating on using polymer clay to create jewelry and sculpture. The properties inherent in polymer clay opened up a world of color and texture. While polymer clay is generally used for small applications such as jewelry, she is exploring the use of the material on a relatively large scale to create relief sculpture.
Since her time is divided between both media, some cross pollination occurs and new ideas emerge. Her working process can best be described as a tactile dialogue. The direction the work takes is guided by her willingness to see the unexpected and possible directions the sculpture or jewelry takes until it resonates with her. Mandalas, our relationship to nature and emerging forms in nature, recur in her work.
Stop by the gallery to see her colorful jewelry.
Dine with Art
Penn Cove Gallery artists' work exclusively hangs, and may be purchased, in these fine Coupeville restaurants: