As the work comes in for the August show, I am reminded how honored I am to be a part of an art community with such incredibly talented artists! Brackenwood continues the art legacy, which spans 31 years of fabulous Whidbey artists.
Painters Pete Jordan and Ginny O’Neill have out done themselves for this show! If you are looking for a painting that captures the essence of Whidbey or the Northwest, Brackenwood is the place to look. From majestic scenes of Double Bluff to the rocky crags of the rugged Cascades this group of paintings tug at the very heart of what we all love about living in the Northwest. I can genuinely say their paintings are exceptional!
As I prepare to hang these beautiful paintings, I can’t help having the desire to go take a walk on Double Bluff, or go up to the mountains for a hike, or reach out and pet the amazing doggies that Ginny has painted. This work reminds me that we live in an amazing place and it’s a special talent being able to evoke that place so clearly on canvas.
Our other featured artist is sculptor Jeff Day. For those of you not familiar with Day’s work suffice it to say he is one of the Northwest’s art icons. Jeff’s career as an artist spans 60 years! As a young man, mentors such as Bill Cumming, the youngest member of the Northwest School, had a lasting effect on Day’s work. As a painter, Cummings captured the common man, slices of life, in minimal detail. Jeff’s iconic hats are a nod to his friend Cumming. These sculptures are forms that embody movement, capturing life in urban settings, men and women going about their business. Day catches their movement whether stepping off the curb or a man and his walking stick hoofing it on the cobbles of Istanbul, or a family enjoying an intimate moment together in Nanjing. Jeff’s experiences living in Turkey and China for the last 10 years, gave him a world perspective, his multiethnic figures remind us that no matter where you live, people are people just living their lives.
Finally, I wanted to let people know Brackenwood is welcoming a new artist to the gallery, Sandy Byers. Primarily a pastel artist, Byers has received numerous awards in juried shows and major pastel publications. Sandy has a passion for animals, which comes out in the heartfelt and expressive portraits she paints. Many of Byers’ landscape and seascape paintings include scenes from her local area on Whidbey Island and the Northwest. Although we currently are showing Sandy’s pastel paintings, she’s also an accomplished oil painter.
Hope you can make it to the Artists’ Reception for this show on Sat. Aug. 2 from 5-7 PM. Its a beauty!