Fine Arts and Crafts from the Pacific Northwest

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Beauty in Brackenwood

July 30th, 2014

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.

Sky, Oil,  Pete Jordan

Sky, Oil, Pete Jordan

 

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!

 

 

Satisfied, Watercolor, Ginny O'Neill

Satisfied, Watercolor, Ginny O’Neill

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.

Family, Bronze, Jeff Day

Family, Bronze, Jeff Day

 

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.

Fiber Art, Pastel, Sandy Byers

Fiber Art, Pastel, Sandy Byers

 

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!

Brackenwood has the distinct pleasure of welcoming three new very accomplished artists to our gallery! Jewelry Designers Sandrajean Wainwright and Tessa Fleming and Textile artist Peggy Juve! Both Sandrajean and Peggy have had their own retail shops in Langley, Sandrajean’s shop was called The Wayward Son and Peggy Juve’s shop was called Eddies. These two amazing artists have elected to foregoe retail and focus on what they love, designing and producing their own work! Tessa Fleming was one of Sandrajean’s featured jewelers for 20 years.

Elephant Pendant, Sandrajean Wainwright

Elephant Pendant, Sandrajean Wainwright

Sandrajean Wainwright is really an institution in the jewelry world and in Langley. Inspired by the stones she finds on her journeys in various places in the world and her passion for the antique Sandrajean designs distinctive one of a kind treasurers. Wainwright’s jewelry is revered by her clients and many have asked about her since she retired from retail. Clients can now find Sandrajean’s jewelry here at Brackenwood and she continues to enjoy working with clients to create custom jewelry as well! Clients can make an appointment with her to meet in the gallery for consultations. Brackenwood Gallery is truly honored to have Sandrajean’s work in our gallery and we look forward to having her clients of many years visit us to see her newest creations! Many of Sandrajean’s precious stone pieces, such as the one here, have been carved or engraved by world renown carver Hans-Ulrich Pauly.

Sculpturettes, Bronze, Tessa Fleming

Sculpturettes, Bronze, Tessa Fleming

 

If you visited the Wayward Son in the past, you will remember Tessa Fleming’s jewelry. As I’ve gotten to know Tessa its clear she absolutely loves creating. Fleming names her pieces, and they each hold a special place in her heart. Tessa also makes what she calls “Sculptureettes”! They are adorable creations with names like: Buddha Bunny or Coquette. Her trademark is whimsy – you can’t help but smile and enjoy the fun her jewelry and sculptures inspire!

Peggy Juve, Studio Designs

Peggy Juve, Studio Designs

Peggy Juve has worn many artistic hats in her life: painter of art glass, oil painter, clothing designer and business owner. Most recently Peggy has been designing one-of-a-kind wearables as a digital textile artist. Her technique is fascinating and incorporates many of her talents. Peggy produces her newest creations using “Ana,” her garment printer. In a recent interview by Okan Arts Blogger Patricia Belyea Peggy explained, “Digital-to-garment printers are typically used for applying graphics to t-shirts. I stretch my machine’s capabilities, applying my designs to up-cycled clothing and luxury fabrics.” Peggy prints on cotton, silk, wool and angora. Juve repurposes cotton, wool, rayon, cashmere and wool sweaters embellishing them with artwork, appliqués, buttons and other lovely touches. Peggy currently is showing a variety of her scarves, hats and garments in the gallery.

 

Silent Watcher Face, Lloyd Whannell

Silent Watcher Face, Lloyd Whannell

 

Today Brackenwood Gallery has been transformed into a beautiful sculpture garden complete with light-hearted paintings adorning the walls!   Lloyd Whannell’s “Silent Watcher” greets you as you stroll through the door.

"Embrace", Bronze, Sharon Spencer

“Embrace”, Bronze, Sharon Spencer

 

Looking in the windows Sharon Spencer’s lovely “Embrace” awaits you. I asked Sharon the other day what inspired her to create such a moving piece, she handed me a poem…

“The snow falls in the far field where

Travelers spend the night.

I ask you, crane, to warm my child

In your wings.” Japanese Anonymous

Bobcat, Clay, Georgia Gerber

Bobcat, Clay, Georgia Gerber

 

 

We have new work from Georgia Gerber in the other window, a bobcat with perky ears and an amusing new “Turtle with Rabbit” who is leaping over him. We always wondered how that Hare

won the race…

 

Sue Taves’ beautiful black granite wave series is majestic nestled among the flowers.

Wave Column, Black Granite, Sue Taves

Wave Column, Black Granite, Sue Taves

Sue carved a fantastic piece of limestone to look like garden vines with a sensuous green and white limestone bird-bath atop. It’s just waiting for the birds!

Lunar Fragment, Steel, Dan Freeman

Lunar Fragment, Steel, Dan Freeman

 

I can picture Dan Freeman’s rusty steel sculptures peeking out among a flock of spiky crocosmia or contrasting with some fluffy green foliage in a garden. Dan’s addition of an occasional rock adds a bit of whimsy to his work!

 

 

Bronze Vase, Jim Patereau

Bronze Vase, Jim Patereau

 

Check out Jim Patereau’s vases, adorned with flowers from Vases Wild! His work is so great and fits in everywhere. Often Jim’s work has an Asian influence and work extremely well for Ikibana arrangements.

Arabesque, Travertine, Ivan Nieagus

Arabesque, Travertine, Ivan Nieagus

 

 

Ivan’s Travertine “Arabesque” with undulating pink, black and white veins, conjures up the look and feel of a garden in the Mediterranean. The fan shape, so smooth, adds to the stone’s nature.

 

 

Among all these fabulous sculptures, prominent on the walls, are

Red Planes, Oil, Jason Waskey

Red Planes, Oil, Jason Waskey

Jason Waskey’s brilliant paintings. A client came in this morning and commented, “You know what I love? Jason Waskey’s paintings! He’s like a contemporary Vermeer!” I have to agree. Jason’s work is fun, new and expertly painted. His themes of repetition and pattern weave in and out of the sculptures creating such a lovely ambiance in the gallery.

 

We feel very honored to represent these talented artists who are mostly from Whidbey Island (Jason’s a Seattleite but we are pretty confident that at someday he will be a Whidbeyite as well). Come in and enjoy the show, it is one of the best this year!

 

COLOR! Its all about color and pattern in this new exceptional exhibit by Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow!

Garden Guardian, Acrylic, Buffy Cribbs

Garden Guardian, Acrylic, Buffy Cribbs

Buffy Cribbs’ uses acrylics and paints on transparent plexiglass, a technique called reverse glass painting! This is a very complicated art form dating back to the Byzantine Empire. Buffy literally creates two pictures simultaneously. One picture is on the surface of the glass where the painter is painting. But the image Cribbs wants us to see is viewed through the glass on the opposite side as a reversed image. This painstaking process begins with what would normally be painted at the end of a painting, but instead is painted first in reverse. The painter literally must be able to think and plan backwards!

 A Bed of Roses , Acrylic, Buffy Cribbs

A Bed of Roses , Acrylic, Buffy Cribbs

Cribbs’ work is whimsically capricious and her subject matter is striking, yet very familiar: family cats and dogs, darling toddlers and gardens weave in and out of these paintings. Cribbs’ use of colorful images, framed in gold or surrounded by intricately patterned backgrounds, bring these paintings to life. Buffy’s wooden or metal frames and handmade and designed by her and add a wonderful touch to these lovely paintings. All and all Buffy’s new paintings are completely delightful and beautiful! We are already getting many Ooohs and Ahhhs as clients come in to see the show!!

 

Going Home from Eagle, Oil, Bruce Morrow

Going Home from Eagle, Oil, Bruce Morrow

I just heard a great comment, which pretty much sums up the delight

people feel when looking at Bruce Morrow’s work:

“I just want to walk into Bruce’s paintings!!” Annabet

I feel the same way. The paintings seem to take you some place and he always has something to say. His ability to transmit a place or feeling is palpable and its what draws people to the work. Bruce played with the idea of redacting and editing out portions in these paintings, which adds a bit of mystery to the compositions. Morrow’s style is to add a touch of humor: funny people, funny hats or just a laid back dude, whatever the image is you are sure to smile!

 

Come join us for the Artists’ Reception on June 7 from 5-7 PM. This exhibit continues through June 30!

 

There’s something about sunshine and color that improves everyone’s mood. The new show RELICS at Brackenwood is full of color and so far everyone whose come through the door has enjoyed it. Its always fun to see how artists interpret a theme and this is no exception.

Mystery Girls, Mixed Media, SaraSaltee

Mystery Girls, Mixed Media, SaraSaltee

Sara Saltee’s amazing, intricate and incredibly creative assemblages are a joy to take in. Each one lovingly and painstakingly created with something in particular to say. My favorite so far is the wall piece entitled “Mystery Girls of 1956”! Sara found an old yearbook from the University of WA and cut out pictures of women, slipped them into little velvet sleeves and cut out phrases that explained what they were known for. It’s a walk down memory lane from days gone by: “Right Hand Man of the Business Manager”, “Sold Corsages” or “Rally Girl”. So fun and hey things have changed! Sara really played upon the theme Relics by incorporating vintage elements in each piece.

Hydrant 18, Cyanotype Photograph, Zoë Osenbach

Hydrant 18, Cyanotype Photograph, Zoë Osenbach

Zoë Osenbach makes the statement that there are relics in our everyday world, things we take for granted and overlook. We see these objects: hydrants, dumpsters, overhead wires everyday and since they are such a part of our daily lives we cease to see them at all. But they are there, in our landscapes and certainly offer a different side of beauty. Zoë taught me a new photographic word, Cyanotype. I had never heard of this but once she explained the technique I understood that it was a fancy name for a sun print, a very old and often forgotten technique. The images all come out shades of blue, which give them an architectural blueprint feel. I love Zoë’s “out of the box” ideas and take on art!

Ominous Angels, Oil, Rene Flynn-Federspiel

Ominous Angels, Oil, Rene Flynn-Federspiel

Rene Flynn Federspiel’s relics are ancient little snippets of Venice. Peeling plaster walls imbedded with angle sculptures and quiet canals remind me that Venice itself is a relic. Federspiel finds it endlessly fascinating…always searching for the elegant decay and mystery of the obscure. The only time I visited Venice I wandered down forgotten corridors, over bridges and sniffed the smells of years of decay that comes from a city floating on water. I found myself stopping to admire little antiquities that greeted me around each corner. That’s the way I feel when I look at Rene’s oil paintings, they make me stop and remember a place I loved and hope to return to someday.

Pals, Encaustic, Christine Nyburg Epstein

Pals, Encaustic, Christine Nyburg Epstein

Horses, who would think of them as relics? Christine Nyburg Epstein’s beautiful Mixed Media Encaustics made me reflect that indeed horses are ancient and in times gone by every household depended deeply upon them to plow the land or carry the load. They have a mysterious connection to many people, which Christine taps into. Her pieces are dreamlike, so many elements embedded in the wax, I find myself transfixed trying to see it all and seek out its relevance to me as the viewer.

Come celebrate the work these incredible artists are presenting, it’s a lovely show and full of thought provoking elements!

 

 

Brackenwood Gallery is located in Langley Washington and features a variety of painters, sculptors, graphic artists, glass workers and other local artisans.

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