Join us during the month of April for a solo show devoted to the still-life work of Cary Jurriaans.
Opening reception April 1st, Saturday 5-7 pm
“My life is not complete without creating something of beauty. In my paintings, I strive for a sense of intimacy and also for technical accuracy. I grew up in Holland and Europe with exposure to museums with some of the most beautiful paintings in the world.
These masterworks inspired my love for the still life.
To me it is a celebration of pleasures, such a food and wine, beautiful shapes, dark and light and a certain peace and quiet.”
March brings us a collection of unique artwork handcrafted on Whidbey Island, offered at a discount.
Craig Kosak, Phyllis Ray, Sandy Byers, and Jason Waskey are preparing for Spring by cleaning out their studios, making room to create new art. They bring us work that though seen before, definitely deserves to be revisited.
Sales at the gallery are a rare thing, and this is your chance to pick up a phenomenal piece of original art that won’t break the bank.
Reception Saturday Sep 3rd, 5-7 pm
Showing a strong and earnest interest in drawing from a young age was proof enough for Byers’ parents that Sandy would likely do well in private oil painting lessons. With the first stroke of her brush, Byers’ passion for painting began. Her natural style was of a realistic nature and it is what she is still known for today.
Although Byers has produced works in a variety of media, her current focus is working with oils and pastels. Many of her landscape and seascape paintings include scenes from her local area on Whidbey Island, in Washington State. Byers is also well known for her heartfelt and expressive paintings of animals and she is passionately dedicated to supporting animal welfare organizations.
Join us on Saturday August 20th for our third ever art salon, as we bring dynamic artist Sarah Sedwick to Brackenwood for a one-day event. Now in her second year here at the gallery, Sarah’s vibrant still life work is already a crowd favorite. During the day Sarah will set up her easel. Stop in and watch as she paints.
Later that afternoon, we'll pack things up, and you'll have an opportunity to chat with Sarah and talk about her work over wine and cheese. We'll have plenty of Sarah's work on hand; still life, landscape, and figurative pieces.
Demo takes place between 11 am and 4 pm
Reception is between 5 and 7:00 pm
The tombs of Ancient Egypt were adorned by still life paintings. It was believed that the objects depicted there would, in the afterlife, become real and available for use by the deceased.
From traditional Dutch still-life to more modern approaches, our show In Place offers art to enrich your here and now.
The shifting of light. The change of the seasons. A sense of belonging and home— or yearning for place far away. Capturing a place evokes memory and feeling.
Our annual group show devoted to the landscape, Whidbey Impressions lands in the gallery this July. From those who paint outdoors, en plein air, to art created in the studio, this exhibition features work from a wide variety of gallery artists, most of whom give us visions of Whidbey Island.
Artists include Pete Jordan, Ned Mueller, Sandy Byers, Phyllis Ray, Susan Ogilvie, Jason Waskey, Al Skaar, Rene Flynn-Federspiel, Earl Olsen, and Ryan Grossman.
Exhibition runs through July.
Opening Reception Saturday, July 2nd 5-7 pm
If you've live or have ever spent time in the Pacific Northwest, you have most likely seen the playful sculpture of Georgia Gerber. Her artistic emphasis has been the creation of accessible public artwork that encourages viewer interaction. You'll find her work in homes and gardens, on the streets of Portland, and greeting visitors at Pike Place Market with her most famous work, Rachel the Pig.
For her June Spotlight, Georgia will be debuting new work in the gallery. Come celebrate the season, and be among the very first folk to see her new pieces.
Georgia lives here on Whidbey Island, Washington, where she operates her own studio and foundry with the assistance of two women artisans and her husband.
"I like my sculpture to invite an interaction with its audience. This is often meant to be a direct physical interaction, but always I strive to engage the viewer's imagination. I tend to present an incomplete visual narrative; a story is suggested, a feeling evoked, and the viewers find themselves providing details." — Georgia Gerber
The Secret Life of Ravens
Craig Kosak is hard at work reinventing what and how he paints.
He launched his career making paintings inspired by trips to the national parks. These representational works told the stories of the animals of the West, and the mythology that surrounds them: the majesty of the horse, the trickster nature of ravens, and the power of buffalo. Along the way ravens became his personal totem.
After building his studio and relocating to Whidbey Island in 2012, Craig’s focus started to turn inwards. That introspection fueled a dramatic shift in his art, from paintings that tell a story to paintings that share a feeling. A turn from representational art to abstraction.
Such a fundamental turn required learning to paint a new way, to build his tools from scratch, to try new things.
Hard at work for nearly half a year, Craig’s first solo show of this new body of paintings: The Secret Life of Ravens debuts at Brackenwood this June.
The Language of Objects
Still-life painter Cary Jurriaans notes that the world around us is constantly moving; things are moving at lightning speed. Movement seems to be the comfort zone that our world knows. The idea of sitting still and just settling into the space of stillness seems to be a foreign notion, a radical concept
Cary loves painting this stillness. It has a quiet that she craves. And there is magic that happens in this space of stillness that simply cannot happen in the space of continual movement. There is a purity and serenity that cannot be found anywhere else.
With this quiet mind approach, Cary considers the shapes of common objects, the reflections, the sleek lines and the soft and hard edges. An endless variety of patterns of light and dark fascinate her.
Celebrated Washington artist Marc Bohne has a spotlight show in the gallery this May.
Marc treats his landscapes more like portraits than snapshots of a place. Portraits contain both subject and observer, and good portraits show some evidence of that intimacy. The places that interest Marc already seem to contain some piece of him, and he feels compelled to explore that resonance. He revisits them many times in his mind before committing them to a painting.
For May we present a group show devoted to the figure. Artists include Aaron Coberly, Ned Mueller, Sarah Sedwick, Georgia Gerber, Jeff Day, Jason Waskey, Cary Jurriaans, Carrie Whitney, Marc Bohne, and Pete Jordan.
Join us for the opening reception, Saturday May 7, 5—7 pm
To celebrate Spring, Cheryl Kamera, and Peggy Juve take over the gallery for a pop-up trunk show. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists, and to see a more extensive collection of their work than we normally have on display, including some rare and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Jewelry artist Marjorie Burr will be on hand to discuss her hand crafted beads.
Sip a glass of prosecco and spend some time getting to know the artists while you shop for yourself or for others.
Saturday April 23rd, 1— 5 pm
Faye Castle delivers the first rays of sunshine this Spring, with a solo show focused on her vibrant skyscapes.
Faye spends time each summer chasing the light with Simon Kogan on Long Beach Peninsula with the "Beach Painters". "We bundle up and stand at our easels before dawn prepared to capture the first rays of the day as they rapidly go through their color show, then return again in the evening as they go from brilliant golds to stunning grays. There is time only to look, paint, and then look and paint again."
Brackenwood is pleased to welcome Kent Lovelace to the gallery, with his first spotlight show this March.
Kent calls Whidbey Island his home, and is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest as a master printmaker who has worked with such artists as Jacob Lawrence, Dale Chihuly, and Russell Chatham. He is a highly sought after oil painter whose work is collected across the nation.
Kent paints on copper, a tradition dating back to the Renaissance, employed by El Greco, Chardin, Rembrandt, and others who created masterworks that have stood the test of time. From his landscapes to his wildlife pieces, the radiance of copper shines through Kent's work, enhancing each piece with a rich glow.