Brackenwood Gallery

A gallery on Whidbey Island, WA representing the very best in fine arts and crafts from the pacific northwest.

May
1
May 29

MAY: Aaron Coberly

Aaron Coberly's masterful figurative works weave in and out of abstraction, creating a dynamic sense of atmosphere. He balances rough surfaces and chaotic brushstokes with a solid sense of composition and draftsmanship.


APRIL: Cary Jurriaans
Apr
1
Apr 30

APRIL: Cary Jurriaans

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.”
—Cary Jurriaans

Feb
20
7:00 pm19:00

Revisited

March brings us a collection of unique artwork handcrafted on Whidbey Island, offered at a discount.

Click here to join us for the opening reception Saturday March 4, 5-7pm

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.

Nov
26
1:00 pm13:00

Fall Trunk Show

Just in time for the holidays, Cheryl Kamera, Marjorie Burr, and Rebecca Bashara 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. Sip prosecco and spend some time getting to know the artists while you shop for yourself or for others. Saturday November 26th, 1- 5 pm

Just in time for the holidays, Cheryl Kamera, Marjorie Burr, and Rebecca Bashara 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.

Sip prosecco and spend some time getting to know the artists while you shop for yourself or for others.

Saturday November 26th, 1- 5 pm

Cheryl Kamera began working with dyes and textiles during the tie-dye era of the late sixties. At first she used dyes from the grocery store, the same ones used by her mother to change the color of the curtains. As her passion grew, she began to grasp the potential of what one could do with dyes and cloth. Always curious about the natural world, she pursued a science education that led to a professional career in environmental chemistry. This fit well with her interest in dyes, and gave her a deeper understanding of dye processes. Over the years she has been privileged to study with many artists, among them world-renowned dyers and textile designers including Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Joan Morris, Elin Noble, Polly Stirling, Yoshiko, Wada, and Michele Wipplinger.

Cheryl Kamera began working with dyes and textiles during the tie-dye era of the late sixties. At first she used dyes from the grocery store, the same ones used by her mother to change the color of the curtains. As her passion grew, she began to grasp the potential of what one could do with dyes and cloth. Always curious about the natural world, she pursued a science education that led to a professional career in environmental chemistry. This fit well with her interest in dyes, and gave her a deeper understanding of dye processes. Over the years she has been privileged to study with many artists, among them world-renowned dyers and textile designers including Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Joan Morris, Elin Noble, Polly Stirling, Yoshiko, Wada, and Michele Wipplinger.

Rebecca Bashara's designs reverberate with the peace, freedom, and spontaneity of a walk on the beach, a hike along a river trail, a climb up a mountain peak, or a meditation in the deepest of woods. Her jewelry contains stones from the Puget Sound (many collected on Whidbey Island) and the Columbia River Gorge, where Rebecca lives and works in rural Klickatat, Washington. The fact that her creativity springs from her everyday life is apparent if you visit her. Her house is her studio: smooth shimmering stones lie drying in her bathtub and sink; her kitchen table is a rotating mosaic of shapes, colors, and textures; stones and metal gather in heaps and mounds, stirring for Rebecca to cut and work them into artistic pieces of adornment.

Rebecca Bashara's designs reverberate with the peace, freedom, and spontaneity of a walk on the beach, a hike along a river trail, a climb up a mountain peak, or a meditation in the deepest of woods. Her jewelry contains stones from the Puget Sound (many collected on Whidbey Island) and the Columbia River Gorge, where Rebecca lives and works in rural Klickatat, Washington. The fact that her creativity springs from her everyday life is apparent if you visit her. Her house is her studio: smooth shimmering stones lie drying in her bathtub and sink; her kitchen table is a rotating mosaic of shapes, colors, and textures; stones and metal gather in heaps and mounds, stirring for Rebecca to cut and work them into artistic pieces of adornment.

Marjorie Burr makes lamp worked beads today in much the same way they were made in ancient times.  The beads are created one at a time working in a open flame.  She loves the solitude and focus of the process. She enjoys the heat and the fluid molten glass, and exercising her craft makes her feel part of the continuum of bead makers that dates back to early human history.  She hopes you sense all that when you wear her beads...that would complete the cycle.

Marjorie Burr makes lamp worked beads today in much the same way they were made in ancient times.  The beads are created one at a time working in a open flame.  She loves the solitude and focus of the process. She enjoys the heat and the fluid molten glass, and exercising her craft makes her feel part of the continuum of bead makers that dates back to early human history. 

She hopes you sense all that when you wear her beads...that would complete the cycle.

NOVEMBER: Small Pleasures
Nov
3
Dec 31

NOVEMBER: Small Pleasures

Perfect for gifts or beginning a fine art collection, November and December see a diverse collection of Brackenwood's gallery artists exhibit small work in the gallery's 7th Annual Small Pleasures show.

Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 5-7pm

Sandy Byers, Sunset on the Saratoga, DryPastel, 8x10

Al Skaar, Rocky Shadows

Al Skaar, Rocky Shadows

Stone and silver jewelry by Rebecca Bashara

Stone and silver jewelry by Rebecca Bashara

Sep
1
Sep 28

SEPTEMBER: Sandy Byers

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.

SEPTEMBER: Ryan Grossman, Inside Passage
Sep
1
Sep 28

SEPTEMBER: Ryan Grossman, Inside Passage

Inside Passage, landscapes inspired by Whidbey Island, from Ryan Grossman this September
Reception Saturday Sep 3rd, 5-7 pm

Alone, But Not Lonely, oil, 32 X 48

Alone, But Not Lonely, oil, 32 X 48

Up Close with Sarah Sedwick: an Artist Salon
Aug
20
11:00 am11:00

Up Close with Sarah Sedwick: an Artist Salon

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

AUGUST: In Place
Aug
4
Aug 31

AUGUST: In Place

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.

Carolyn Dunford, Freesia Series No. 6, oil, 7x6

Cary Jurriaans, Napkin Rings, oil, 11 x 14

Cary Jurriaans, Napkin Rings, oil, 11 x 14

Sandy Byers, Evening Wear, oil, 36x36

Sandy Byers, Evening Wear, oil, 36x36

Sarah Sedwick, Lemon Path, oil, 12 x 24

Sarah Sedwick, Lemon Path, oil, 12 x 24

JULY: Whidbey Impressions
Jun
30
Aug 3

JULY: Whidbey Impressions

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.

Pete Jordan, Bayview Moonrise No. 2, 14 x 18, $1800

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.

Jason Waskey, Useless Bay Ave, 12 x 24, $800

Jason Waskey, Useless Bay Ave, 12 x 24, $800

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

Ryan Grossman, Some Kind of Blue, oil, 31 x 21, $1900

JUNE: Spotlight Georgia Gerber
Jun
4
5:00 pm17:00

JUNE: Spotlight Georgia Gerber

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.

Reception June 4th. 5-7 pm

Georgia Gerber, Tug of War, bronze, 2016

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 

 

JUNE: Craig Kosak
Jun
2
Jun 29

JUNE: Craig Kosak

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.

 

JUNE: Cary Jurriaans
Jun
2
Jun 29

JUNE: Cary Jurriaans

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.

Reception event Saturday, 6/4

 

 

MAY Spotlight: Marc Bohne
May
7
Jun 10

MAY Spotlight: Marc Bohne

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.

MAY: Figure
May
5
May 31

MAY: Figure

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

Aaron Coberly, Diffused Figure, oil, 16 x 20

Apr
23
1:00 pm13:00

Spring Trunk Show

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

APRIL: Faye Castle
Apr
2
5:00 pm17:00

APRIL: Faye Castle

Faye Castle delivers the first rays of sunshine this Spring, with a solo show focused on her vibrant skyscapes.

Faye Castle, Salute to the Day, oil, 22 x 22

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."

 

 

 

APRIL: Photographs
Apr
2
11:00 am11:00

APRIL: Photographs

Gallery artists Kevin Horan and Earl Olsen show new work.

Kevin Horan, Easy Travel to Other Planets No. 1, archival pigment print

Earl Olsen, One Door Left, archival pigment print

MARCH Spotlight: Kent Lovelace
Mar
5
Apr 2

MARCH Spotlight: Kent Lovelace

Brackenwood is pleased to welcome Kent Lovelace to the gallery, with his first spotlight show this March.


Reception: Saturday, March 5th, 5-7pm 

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.

MARCH: Revisited
Mar
5
5:00 pm17:00

MARCH: Revisited

Select gallery artists including Pete Jordan, Ginny O'Neill, Sandy Byers and more display older work that deserves to be
revisited, offered at a discount from their everyday prices.

Trunk Show!
Nov
21
1:00 pm13:00

Trunk Show!

Three phenomenal textile artists and one jeweler: Cheryl Kamera, Carys Hamer, Peggy Juve, and Rebecca Bashara take over the gallery Saturday evening for a one night pop-up trunk show.

Meet the artists, and sip prosecco while you shop.

Djangofest Special Event
Sep
26
5:00 pm17:00

Djangofest Special Event

Luthiers David Myka and Janet Lewis will be showing some musical instruments, we'll hold the doors open late, and we'll serve some wine and snacks to help celebrate the 15th annual Djangofest here in Langley!

 

SEPTEMBER : SUMMER HARVEST
Sep
5
5:00 pm17:00

SEPTEMBER : SUMMER HARVEST

Summer in the gallery continues with a group show. Gallery artists Kevin Horan, Ginny O'Neil, Cary Jurriaans, Sandy Byers, Carrie Whitney, and Christine Nyburg show new work.

 

Brackenwood Gallery   |   302 First Street   |   Langley, WA   |   98260   |   360-221-2978   |   brackenwoodgallery@whidbey.com

 


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