Janis has been weaving for over 40 years but knows she will never run out of techniques to explore. This summer she has been hand painting textile dye onto the threads, called the warp, that run the length of her scarves. The plain color weft threads hold the warp threads together to make the cloth as they run across the width. A shuttle carries this thread which is thrown anywhere from 1500 to 2000 times depending on the length or density of the scarf. This combination creates pattern over-laying the changing colors on the warp. It is always interesting to weave because watching the color and pattern interact changes with every throw of the shuttle.
We are featuring the work of Janis Collins for the month of July. She is currently exploring the Mandela style of art as a new way of relating to the circle symbolizing the perfect harmony of nature in the world. She sees a strong connection between the natural world and the never-ending circle. The possibilities are endless! The images are chosen carefully to make a specific statement about how the elements in each Mandela relate to each other.
Janis works with Prismacolor colored pencils, and sometimes adds pen/ink to the drawings. Visit the gallery to see her new work.
Visit us at 9 Front Street in Coupeville WA. Open every day starting from 10:00am to 5:30pm.
So much to paint - so little time, but Rainy is busy working!
She paints in oils on large canvases as well as small ones that could sit on a desk.
Rainy was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Her 7th grade teacher stirred her creative abilities and she took every art course available from then on. She moved to Seattle after high school and began her study of the landscape and nature that continues to be the focus of her work here on Whidbey Island. She will be at the gallery on June 25th, if you would like to meet her in person.
Penn Cove Gallery is featuring the work of wood sculptor Pat Collins in May. Pat has been sculpting wood for over 30 years. 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. Pat will be working at the gallery on May 7th. You can stop by and learn more about his beautiful "stylized" sculptures.