Brackenwood Gallery

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"PIECES OF LIFE" is absolutely that!

This month we are excited and honored to introduce three local younger artists to the gallery! This gallery has always been a place where local artists have been supported and embraced. Many of our artists have shown here for years and now a new generation of artists is starting to call Brackenwood their gallery. Pullets #1, Oil, Laura Hudson

I have to admit, Laura Hudson is not totally new to the gallery because she showed her work here 5 years ago. Laura went off to graduate school in Maryland to get her MFA. This summer Laura returned, got married, and  is now a permanent resident of Whidbey Island. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent her again! Being an island girl of course her new body of work was inspired by her mother Georgia Gerber’s chickens! These larger than life chicks are bright, full of texture and just plain fun to look at! Laura’s style is loose, her color palette is soft and warm and she captures the character of these animals. People who raise chickens will notice the movements and antics of these pullets look very familiar! Brackenwood welcomes Laura’s work with open arms.

Calm, Oil, Carrie Whitney

A full disclosure… I must say it is a special pleasure to welcome my daughter-in-law Carrie Whitney as a new artist at Brackenwood! Before I ever owned a gallery I knew Carrie was an accomplished artist because she presented our family with a wonderful painting of our son when they got married which hangs front and center in our living room. Carrie’s paintings reflect what she feels passionate about, the human figure. As a young mother, she weaves children into her work in a way that is timeless, something we all can relate to. With a few perfectly placed strokes of paint she renders a figure that is instantly recognizable. Her landscapes are equally accessible and filled with color. It’s a joy to see her work in this gallery on many levels!

Out the Window, Oil, Tobias Hall

I have been hearing about another up and coming artist Tobias Hall for a long time. Although not a permanent resident, Tobias has lived here off and on for a few years. He recently brought his work to the gallery and it was immediately obvious Hall is a very talented painter. Tobias has studied with master painter Anthony Ryder in Santa Fe and this summer taught drawing and painting along side artists Tim Stotz and Michelle Tully at Studio Escalier in France. From his time at a chateau in Poitou, Tobias captured the essence of the place in several small works. We have hung them in salon style and as a group they recall little moments, objects and vistas of France. Makes me want to go back there!

Four Ways of Looking at the Sky, Mixed Media, Laura Schmidt

Finally, Brackenwood is unique in that we are home to an amazing array of textile artists and they are also part of this show. Check out Liz Axford’s fabulous silk Compare/Contrast elegant and colorful banners! Laura Schmidt’s wall pieces are very contemporary designs that look like paintings till you look closely and realize they are painted, printed and sewn textiles! Natalie Olsen’s fish is delightful and of course Cheryl Kamera, Carys Ann Hamer, Bergen Rose and Peggy Juve have new one-of-a-kind chic wraps, scarves, hats and garments to tantalize your inner fashionista!!

Silk Jacket, Designed and Printed by Peggy Juve

So come help Brackenwood celebrate these artists and feast your eyes, after all it's November and it’s the month for feasts!





If you are an animal lover or someone who supports local foods, you will enjoy the exhibit this month at Brackenwood Gallery! FARM & TABLE is a lively exhibit featuring some of the distinctive farm animals that abound on this island as well as the abundant food our farms and sea provide.  Got Goats anyone? ... Whattle, Photograph, Kevin Horan


Kevin Horan’s goat portraits are something to behold! Each of these animals has such presence and personality. But as Kevin explains, “…a good portrait is a collaboration between photographer and subject. But how do you collaborate with a goat? A goat you’ve just met?” I don’t know how he did this but the photographs are truly amazing!        Georgia Gerber brought in her Nubian Goat bronze sculpture to top off the goat offerings! My grand daughter loved it and it looks perfect paired with Kevin's Nubian Goat!

Nubian Goat, Bronze, Georgia Gerber


As a shepherd who serves her flock daily, Claudia Pettis knows sheep, which is her subject matter. She also knows painting. Trained as a classical painter, Claudia uses fine ground pigments, Belgium linen and complex glazes to achieve the textural earthy paintings of her flock.




Hey Buds, Oil, Sandy Byers



Her love of animals comes through Sandy Byers’ paintings. The way Sandy depicts her subjects lets you know she has a personal relationship with these critters. Horses deep in conversations, or cow buddies running to the fence to greet her convey the joy she feels when she comes in contact with animals.



Welsummer Rooster, Oil, Barbara Barry



“Holy Cow” by Barbara Barry is a fun and vibrant painting! I live across from Fossek’s farm here in Langley and I can tell you she captured the essence of cow curiosity I see in the cows across the street from me! I am also totally enamored with her Fiber Goat and Perky Rooster paintings as well.



Small, Medium, Large, Oil, Cary Jurriaans

Juxtaposed to the animals is the other part of the equation, the food we harvest and enjoy from our island. Cary Jurriaans, who is known for her elegant still life paintings, shows table offerings of Shigoku oysters, lovely eggs from the Burr Oak farm and bread made from wheat grown on local farms. Her paintings make your mouth water and your heart know the value of eating local.

Also, I would like to welcome Susan Burgers to the gallery. She brought in 3 ephemeral graphite drawings into the gallery. They are already getting acclaim and many positive comments so we are thrilled to have her work grace the gallery walls. Be sure to check her work out when you come in.

Come see this show, it is a winner! Commune with our artists’ during the Artists’ reception from 5-7 PM on Sat. Oct. 4, 2014. Or stop by sometime between no and Oct. 27 to enjoy the show!







Grasses, Monoprint, Francy Blumhagen Brackenwood Gallery is proud to present our Annual Print Show featuring Francy Blumhagen, Buffy Cribbs, Diane Divelbess, Bridget Fischer, Bruce Morrow and Briony Morrow Cribbs. We feel very fortunate to have such a talented group of print artists in this gallery. Monoprints, Monotypes, Collographs and more!

Francy Blumhagen creates Monoprints, One-of-a-Kind prints that are very unique. Francy uses actual plant material to print with and then utilizes color and technique to produce these delicate and lovely pastel prints. Blades of wheat grass, dandylions, snowberry and ferns are the base plants she uses to create these very unusual works of art. Sometimes you see the actual imprint of the plant, other times it is the ghost of the plant.


Karmakat, Print, Buffy Cribbs

Utilizing and enjoying her fabulous new studio, Flicker Feather Press, Buffy Cribb’s produced a variety of prints types for this show. Reaching back into the past, Buffy’s produced some very detailed brown tonal aquatints of old time images from Ireland. On the other hand her Karmacat and Green Man intaglio/monoprints are completely filled with color. Buffy also has two collagraph prints that are simple yet elegant. One is a landscape called “Ox Island” that literally has three lines separating the green fields, gray road and the blue mountains and is oh so effective.


Formal Thought VI-b, Lino Print, Diane Divelbess



Diane Divelbess always comes up with something completely different. Diane has produced a series of lino reduction prints on rice paper with geometric shapes, lines and textures in gray, black and white. She also has a lovely surprise print: the outline of a woman in deep blue on black. You almost don’t know she’s there till you get at just the right angle and voila! she pops out.


DaiTakohachi, Monotype, Bridget Fischer

Bridget Fischer’s work continues to amaze. Bridget’s prints are filled with color and texture and are very painterly. She’s created two stunning waterfall pieces cascading down in blues and white. Another print reminds me of a Georgia O’Keefe painting of buildings in the desert. All Monotypes (one-of-a-kind) Bridget’s work is bold and beautiful!


 Knucklehead, Print, Bruce Morrow


Bruce Morrow’s vibrant wood block print entitled “Loggerheads” has two buffalo head to head under a red and white stripped sky. Bruce’s sense of humor comes through in his art. These images remind me of Americana posters from the past you might see on Antique Road Show! Bruce stays with a western theme with a silk screen of a buffalo on a hill and an etched aquatint print of a horse racing across the plain. These are fabulous images!



Monkey, Hand Tinted Etching, Briony Morrow Cribbs

Briony Morrow Cribbs joined in from Vermont with her astounding etchings! Briony’s animals always have a touch of mystery to them especially when she combines body parts. Etchings are done by scratching thousands of tiny lines, points, dots, squiggles onto a copper plate that is covered with a waxy resist. Then the plate is put into an acid bath that “bites” the design into the surface of the plate. Briony hand tints each of her exquisite etchings. Even if you are not a fan of lizards, Briony’s lizard called” Anolis begs you to reach out and touch it!


Come and see this show! As a client visiting from Berlin remarked, “You really would not see any better art in Berlin, Paris or New York than what is in this gallery!” So True!



Beauty in Brackenwood

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


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

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


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


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 Some Fabulous New Artists!

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

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


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 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  

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


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



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

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


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


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



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

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!

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

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

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!


RELICS of the Past and Present

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

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

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

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

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!



Skill, Expertise and Talented Artists Create an Exceptional Show!

I woke up this morning thinking about Kevin Horan’s photographs of the sky taken from 30,000 feet above the earth. A woman mentioned yesterday, as she was looking at his pictures, that not that long ago these photos would not have been possible. Frankly Horan’s images are extraordinary even in today’s world. Window Seat #4, Photograph, Kevin Horan

First, the plane is moving… FAST! How does one capture an image that is not blurry? Second, where is the glare from the plane, the window, the overhead lights reflecting off the window? Nowhere. Obviously Kevin is a professional photographer and has the skill to account for these obstacles but still, these photos are rare beauties. And they inspire wonder.

The sky looks different with less atmosphere; colors are more intense. Horan captures the experience of weightlessness yet grounds us with the patchworked landscapes of the Midwest from a bird’s eye view. The undiscerning eye could overlook these window seat photos but those who love to travel, enjoy the sensation of flying through the clouds or appreciate the fine art of photography will want to take one of this stunning photographs home with them to enjoy for a lifetime.

Pont Alexandre III, Photograph, Lorraine Healy19webFIX


Photography is a wonderful art form. Just the idea that you can capture what the eye is seeing at any instant in time with a camera is magical. Lorraine Healy’s photo of the giant water nymph on the Pont Alexandra in Paris is an enchanting example. This huge woman seems like she is turning around to tell you something! She’s so happy and excited. I love that Lorraine captured not only the beauty of the nymph but also the feeling the artist who sculpted her achieved. It’s not a snapshot, its intentionally one artist illuminating another artist’s work bringing it to life joyfully for the viewer.



Pinhole Study #4, Photograph,  Zoë  Osenbach

What I love about Zoe Osenbach’s pinhole images is that they are NOT capturing an instant in time. The water in the Venetian canals has the feeling of movement, because it was moving during the 8 minutes it took to take the photo! The photos created by the light piercing through a tiny hole emblazing an image onto the paper hidden in the box, is a process as old as photography itself and the results are lovely. Sun streaked sky, shimmering water and the still strength of the ancient buildings in Venice make for incredible composition and captivating photographs.



Berber Tents, Photograph, Earl Olsen



Earl Olsen’s images of Morocco are stunning. His painterly eye captures the world he sees in such unique and artistic ways. My favorite is looking out an exquisitely carved and painted doorway to the desert with Berber tents in the distance. The contrast of the opulent and elegant interior with the simple yet stunning exterior combined with the angle the photo is shot creates the art that is photography. It is not chance, it is skill and a great eye!




Turquoise Door, Oil, Rene Flynn Federspiel

If you haven’t had a chance to see Rene Flynn Federspiel’s elegant doorways of Italy, come on in. Rene’s ability to capture stone through the medium of oil paint is amazing. Rich texture contrasts with smooth surfaces illuminating the different kinds of stone in the architecture. Her use of bright colors accentuates the gradations of gray in the cornices and steps on the buildings. Seeing Italy through Rene’s eyes is refreshing because she captures the serenity of the places she visited and allows us to sit with her there.


This truly exceptional show is a shining example of the skills and expertise of these amazing artists. The exhibit continues through March 31. Come on this journey with us!

Come Fly With Us, Come Fly, Come Fly Away...

This time of year I always yearn to get away, often fantasizing about far off places, sun or just a change of scenery. If this is something you experience, pop into Brackenwood and at least take a trip with your eyes! Join us tonight, March 1 for JOURNEYS Artists' Reception and Langley's Art Walk from 5-7 PM ! Window Seat #6, Photograph, Kevin Horan


Stepping through the door you might feel like you’ve been transported up into the clouds, anyway that’s the feeling Kevin Horan’s light and airy photographs make me feel. I love the deep blue of the sky, which is in stark contrast with the pure white of the clouds. The photographs are restful and serene. Kevin told me when he gets on an airplane he can’t stop looking out the window. The beauty totally captivates him and he finds himself snapping pictures of the scenes going by the oval window of the plane. Looking at each one I find myself wondering what part of the world he was flying over when he snapped the photo; the ocean, water, farmland but where? Kevin’s work has something to say, and each of us will have our own interpretation!


Pont Alexandre III, Photograph, Lorraine Healy19webFIX

Joining us for this show is photographer and poet Lorraine Healy. Lorraine hails from Buenos Aires but is now a Whidbey local. Healy has a wabi sabi philosophy about her art; she likes the little imperfections, or blemishes that crop up when she uses her plastic Holga cameras. These imperfections give the photograph character, which reminds the viewer of the human behind the lens. Healy  captures the look and feel of Paris, like the iconic nymph leaning over the Pont Alexandre III. She is looking back over her shoulder like she has something to say to you. It must have been a wet day because she looks shiny and wet too. The image is crisp in the middle but the outer edges fade to black all in a circle, something our iphone cameras just don’t do. This is the wabi sabi Lorraine is fond of coming through, I love it.



Berber Tents, Photograph, Earl Olsen



Moving onto the Sahara Desert with images of Berber Tents, beautiful tiled doorways, sand dunes and a local beckoning the tourist into his store.  The warmth of the desert is so apparent in Earl Olsen’s photographs. Earl’s ability to see what others may miss makes his work something special. He often finds some ordinary thing like a wire just sticking out of a building, but then he stops long enough to realize the wire is spelling something… then snap its captured and we get to share in the surprise.




Merguza Shawl, Textile, Carys Ann Hamer


Silky yellows, ochre, mauve, gold and peach come to life in the shimmering shawls and scarves Carys Ann Hamer has on exhibit for this show. Carys Ann journeyed to Morocco a few years ago and took classes on native dying techniques. Using osage, cochineal, madder Hamer creates multicolored Murzuga shawls that are stunning. They are simply scrumptious to feel and are definitely eye candy for the soul.


Pinhole Study #4, Photograph,  Zoë  Osenbach


Another Mediterranean country well represented is Italy. Zoë Osenbach’s journey to Venice is so lovingly captured through her Pinhole camera study. Zoë’s patient, she must wait 7-8 minutes for the magic to work in her little box camera. Pinhole cameras do not have a lens instead there is a small hole in one side of a lightproof box. Zoë manually moves the shutter so that light enters through the hole landing on photographic paper. No dark room here, no chemicals, just the light on the paper. The paper Zoë used has a great deal of texture, which adds to the overall look and feel of these photographs.


Ladies, Oil, Rene Flynn Federspiel


Finally Rene Flynn Federspiel’s oil paintings have captured her emotional memories of the places she has traveled in Italy. A poignant moment seeing a man sitting outside watching the street, or ladies truckin’ down the street going somewhere in a hurry. Rene has a great sense of humor and it comes through her paintings. One of the experiences Rene tries to capture is stillness. I really feel the stillness in her beautiful stone doorways and the table just waiting for someone to sit down and enjoy a meal. That’s the beauty of art, we all get to interpret what it is the artist was trying to say.


I hope you can come in and take your own journey. The weather is fine, the ambiance is quiet but welcoming and the art is simply superb!



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