Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Harbor ART Walk Saturday November, 27th 2010

Jaime Ellsworth, Window Shopping, 40 x 30 Oil,
Happy Holidays to all.

The newest addition to the Thanksgiving holiday events in Friday Harbor is the Holiday Harbor Art Walk on Saturday, November 27th. This is a great opportunity to walk the town of Friday Harbor, shopping for holiday gifts while enjoying the hospitality of these participating galleries. This event runs is from 4pm and continues to 7pm,except where noted.

Arctic Raven, 130 First Street, 360.378.3433, featuring” Gifts from the Salish Sea”, the Annual Holiday Show featuring artwork by First Nation members including glass, prints, bentwood boxes. Andy & Wilbur Peterson, Skokomish, will be on hand for a hot cider reception: New work by Susan Point, Shaun Peterson and introducing jewelry by Tamara Rain Bull & clay sculptor David Groat. www.arcticravengallery.com

Gallery San Juan, 232 "A" Street.360.378.1376, will be featuring "Small Treasures, Simple Pleasures", new small paintings by gallery artists including Matt Dollahite, BJ Dollahite, All Currier and James Moore. Matt and BJ will also be showing their most current works in progress. www.gallerysanjuan.com

Island Studios,270 Spring Street, 360.378.6550 is celebrating the diversity of 200 local artists with music books, paintings, pottery, photography, glass art, jewelry, sculpture, textiles and organic soaps, lotions and oils, just to name a few. Darlene Nixon will be demonstrating how she makes her hand sculpted glass jewelry from 2pm – 4pm www.islandstudios.com

Waterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Street, 360.378.3060 featuring the “25th Annual Holiday Fete” with the artwork of Jaime Ellsworth, paintings; Tom Small, stone sculpture; and Robin & John Gumaelius, ceramic & metal sculptures; displaying artisan jewelry in exotic beads, silver, glass and gold by Tana Acton, Lexi Bec, Dianne Coe, Kathleen Faulkner, James Minson & Tina Finneran. www.waterworksgallery.com

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ceramic show at Bellevue Arts Museum

Jason Walker, photo courtesy BAM
Sunday, while in Bellevue I was lucky enough to arrive at the Bellevue Art Museum early in the day.
Wahoo I had the whole place to myself.

A friend had mentioned the current show, Clay Throwdown as a must see.

After spending time looking, laughing and enjoying the vast array of works presented I would agree. The juried ceramic works run the gamut of terra cotta forms to very fine porcelain, very serious to very silly, politically correct to politically irreverent.  The quality of the works represented provides an excellent survey of the current state of the world of ceramics in the Northwest.

My kudos to BAM

Go and see this show. BAM has it's own free parking garage right under the museum.
The show runs till Jan 16, 2011.

Congratulations to Dirk Staschke who received the 2010 John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence

Dirk Staschke, My Beautiful Nothing,
photo courtesy of BAM

Remember to vote as there is a $ 5000 prize for the piece with the most votes, I know which is my favorite!

Chris Antemann, photo courtesy of BAM

From their website...

BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown! is the inaugural edition of BAM's new, juried exhibition series. With over 30 participating artists, it provides a panoramic survey of ceramic art created in the Pacific Northwest and a glimpse into the many directions in which this dynamic medium is moving.
Clay Throwdown! features a select blend of both emerging and established artists with an emphasis on new and site-specific works. It reflects the diverse responses of contemporary artists to one of the oldest media known to man: clay. From personal gestures to commentary on today's social issues, Clay Throwdown! assembles a wide range of voices unique to the Pacific Northwest and our time.

So what can be better, than seeing some amazing new ceramic works and the museum provides free parking!