Friday, May 26, 2017

Blue Whole Gallery continues its Legacy!

Member Artists of the Blue Whole Gallery
   From top left:  Katherine Loveland, Marilynn Evans, Larry Barnes, Debbie Cain, Robert "Bud" Bowling, Barbara Neswald, Carol Janda, Liz Harper, Ken Dvorak, Joyce DeCastro Volmut, Mary Franchini, Barbara Boerigter, Kathy Schreiner, Carl Baker, Greg Felando.  From front left:  Lynne Armstrong, Bridget Baker, Ryoko Toyama, Lucinda Hayes, David Tinsley and Priscilla Patterson.  Missing in photo are: Nancy Lawrence, Deborah Sterk and Karen Rozbicki Stringer.  (Group photo taken by Larry Barnes on May 9, 2017) 

Celebrate our 20th year of Excellence

"Spirit of the Bridge" by Marilynn Evans

       Years have past and many artists have helped maintain and develop a Gallery on the Olympic Peninsula showing the highest level of work by local artists.  Their efforts over the years have given the communities of Sequim, Port Angeles and Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula an enduring Legacy of Excellence in Art.  That achievement extends into our 20th year anniversary and is being celebrated on the First Friday of June 2, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. with an array of art work that continues to honor artists of the past with those of the present.  
     Members of the Blue Whole Gallery, an artist cooperative, invite the whole community to celebrate that achievement and share in our efforts in presenting art work of exceptional creativity and originality.  It is an invitation to all to celebrate Art and those who create it.  Examples of what will be presented are shown here.

"Prodigy" by Priscilla Patterson

"Simply Blue" by Karen Rozbicki Stringer

Works by Debbie Cain, Liz Harper, Greg Felando,
Ken Dvorak and Barbara Neswald.

   "The Waterfall" by Ken Dvorak    "The Beginning" by Barb Boerigter

      "Abstract Landscape" by Mary Franchini

    Beyond creating works of art, the artists of the Blue Whole Gallery also present their art to inspire others to venture forth and become artists themselves so that they can also enhance and contribute to the quality of life within our community. 

"Sound the Trumpet" by Lucinda Hayes

Works by Nancy Lawrence, Lynne Armstrong, Carol Janda, and Ryoko Toyama.

"Salad Bowl" by Carl Baker

"Changing Values" by Bridget Baker

"Stricken" by Driftwood Sculptor David Tinsley

                                                                                            Jewelry by Kathy Schreiner
      "Snowy Owl" by Joyce Volmut                           

"Circularity" by Photographer Katherine Loveland

     The Gallery is the means by which the public can enter the world of art and enjoy the creativity of artists.  Celebrate our 20th year of presenting fine art by joining with the members of the Blue Whole Gallery in their 20th Anniversary Celebration starting on 1st Friday June 2nd, 2017 from 5-8 pm. and throughout the month at 129 W. Washington Street, in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula.
"Celebrate Life" by Carol Janda

All are Welcomed!
  View New Original Art; enjoy Refreshments; take 20% off on selected works of Art and enter a Silent Auction titled "Dine in Sequim, Enjoy Culinary Arts," offering gift certificates from several dinning establishments.

Digital Art Work by member artist Marilynn Evans

Friday, April 28, 2017

Energy & Elegance at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Artistic Views of the Olympic Peninsula

        Join us at the Blue Whole Gallery and enjoy the scenes and beautiful elements that make up our Olympic Peninsula by artists Ken Dvorak and Carol Janda. Both of these gallery members present images that reflect the natural energy and elegance seen on the Peninsula.  Ken Dvorak captures these views in his photographs while Carol Janda reveals them in her paintings and pottery.  Meet the artists and their works on First Friday, May 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Whole Gallery.  Or visit the Gallery to see their display throughout the month. 

Ken Dvorak, is a self-taught "fine art nature photographer" who started taking images back in the late 1960's when he was in the Navy, stationed in Newport, R.I.  Later Ken continued photography while in Salinas, California and living close to  where Ansel Adam and other famous photographers plied  their craft. Such examples led Ken to follow their footsteps.  The following photo images taken by Ken show these influences. 

"Neah Bay Boatyard"
"Dungeness Bay"

 Ken follows one of Ansel Adam directives that photos are "made not taken".  He takes an image and with the help of a computer turns it into something he imagined when he clicked the shutter.  The results are beautiful and dramatic.

"Sequim, Mountain View"
     Ken Dvorak photographic exhibit is entitled "Black and White Review" capturing images of scenes and views that are the natural elements found on the Olympic Peninsula.  Take advantage of Ken's abilities and enjoy his special view of this area by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday May 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. where the artist will be present along with his works.  

     Carol Janda, plies her artistic energy as a painter, potter and teacher.  She loves realistic and abstract art and brings years of study and practice into each of her works. She is thankful to have the ability and drive to continue creating art in all its facets. A prolific artist who enjoys multitasking in several mediums which provides her the chance to expand and be challenged by their differences.  Examples of her work follow.


"Rose Dance"

     Carol, a long time member of the Blue Whole Gallery, enjoys applying and exploring different art mediums that reflect what she hopes to present in her art. By working in pottery as well as painting she combines a diversity in style so that the viewer can relish the beauty and quality in what is being depicted.  Her work has an individual perspective that comes from observing what nature offers and shows how it can be interpreted and portrayed.

"Rock Carne 2"

"The Red Sky"

     Share in Carol Janda's immersion in Art and her years of experience allowing her to venture into diverse subject matter which has challenged her abilities to utilize various methods of expression.  See and appreciate her heartfelt endeavors by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday May 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. where Carol and her work will be presented.

The Artists welcome your contact including interviews.  

Ken Dvorak


Friday, March 31, 2017

Realism or the Abstract

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery.

Involvement with Art

     The Blue Whole Gallery will feature two artists whose interests differ as well as their focus on art.    Mary Franchini a two dimensional artist and teacher will present self-portraits and other works that were started some time ago and are now finally finished. While Barbara Anne Neswald brings her gift of realism in portraying plants and animals, revealing their beauty and simplicity.  Both of these member artists will be featured in the windows of the Gallery and will share their creativity with the community on First Friday April 7th from 5 to 8pm & throughout the month.  

"Just Me"

     Mary Franchini is an experimental mixed media artist using water based paints most of the time and adding paper, fabric and found objects when her work calls for them. Her images can be somewhat realistic, impressionistic, abstract or non-representational.  The results can be a mix of different mediums from acrylics, gesso, watercolor to even collage and at times its the work that may dictate where it wants to go.  She is an artist who enjoys the freedom that creativity offers.  Examples of this exploration follow:

"Cottages in Morning"

Self-portrait titled "Blue Ears"

"The Inner Circle" (Collage)

   Mary revels in a "carefree abandon way" so that her artwork shows movement along with texture and colors.  She likes bright colors and uses acrylics because of their versatility as well as white and black gesso for mixing.  She also experiments with paper in making collages because they lend themselves to layering.

"Gold Landscape" (Collage)

Self Portrait titled "Big Mary Two"

"The Way In" (Collage)

      Mary Franchini and the Blue Whole Gallery invite the public to explore her efforts of being free to express herself in the imaginative works she has created. Meet her on First Friday April 7th, from 5 to 8pm. and enjoy her display throughout the month. 

     Barbara Anne Neswald, who has recently arrived to the Olympic Peninsula from Philadelphia, brings her gifts of realism in portraying plant and animals.  For years her commitment to the Philadelphia Society of Botanical illustration gave her the impetus to depict the distinctive elements found in nature and to render them for others to appreciate and enjoy. The beauty and simplicity of Nature can be seen in her artwork below. 

"Treetoad: Hyla Meridionalis"

"Lonicera sempervirens"


     Using the unique layering of color by Prismacolor pencils, Barbara found ways to depict the busy hum of bees in the vines of a honeysuckle plant in summer.  She felt a timelessness as she drew and painted objects of Nature, opening a world of exploration involving shapes, colors and diversity. Samples of her efforts are seen below. 

"Masdevalia Orchid"

"Greater Prairie Chicken: Male"

"Rose Breasted Grosbeak"
      Barbara Anne Neswald's artwork is realistic because she is awed by reality.  Each picture is treated as a portrait of a distinct plant or animal, revealing the color subtleties and flowing geometry of nature.  Meet Barbara, who will be delighted to discuss her work with you on First Friday on April 7th from 5 to 8pm. Or take time to appreciate her efforts throughout the month of April at the Gallery.

Both Artists Welcome Your Contacts Including Interviews!

Mary Franchini
at hangar
or Phone:  360-681-0895

Barbara Anne Neswald

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Art work at Estes Builders


   Estes Builders has partnered with the Blue Whole Gallery to have artist's works placed in their beautiful business building at 259003 Hwy 101, Sequim, Washington.  The artists are Lynne Armstrong and Mary Franchini,  This is the first and hopefully long association between Estes Builders and the Blue Whole Gallery.

Mary Franchini and her work titled "City History"

Lynne Armstrong and her work "The Arrangement"

Mary Franchini and Lynne Armstrong placing a painting at Estes Builders.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Recognition Well Deserved!!

Congratulations goes to another
Blue Whole Gallery Member Artist

Katherine Loveland

    Receives the "Juror's Award" in the Wind Water Exhibit at the Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend for her work titled: 
"Sculptors with Water and Rust"