As our Featured Artist for October sculptor Pat Collins will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Saturday, October 28th, and will discuss the inspiration and methods behind his “stylized” work in wood. He strives to showcase the beauty and natural figure of fine hardwoods without being tied to the restrictions of realism. In the words of Vincent Van Gogh, “Leave the obvious vague and exaggerate the essential”, which for Pat, “the essential” is the wood itself.
Richard Nash is showing his paintings at Knead & Feed Bakery Restaurant during September and October. Richard's primary medium is acrylics on either museum board or on stretched canvas with a gesso-prepared surface. He says that although his "work is abstract, the 'inspiration' for much of it comes from the play of light - often from multiple sources - and shadows and architectural forms on natural forms." The Northwest coastal environment provides much of his palette.
Christopher's on Whidbey is hosting Rainy Lindell's paintings during September and October. Rainy loves the Pacific Northwest landscape and finds subjects every day in the water and mountains that surround us. Rainy most enjoys painting with oils. "I find that they give me the rich warm dark colors that make a painting glow as well as the vibrant bright colors that add the zing. The flowers in a breeze, the warmth of the sunset or the yellow trees in autumn all move me to capture this moment in time," she says.
You can, of course, see the full range of Rainy's and Richard's work at Penn Cove Gallery daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Deborah Francis will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Wednesday, September 27, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. demonstrating the techniques she uses in creating her art jewelry. Polymer clay and a variety of metals are her materials of choice. Her joy comes from assembling contrasting textures, colors and shapes in interesting combinations and experimenting with different configurations until the composition resonates.
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.
Dine with Art
Penn Cove Gallery artists' work exclusively hangs, and may be purchased, in these fine Coupeville restaurants: