Saturday, July 28, 2018

Versatility in Art at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening view at Blue Whole Gallery

 Energy  &  Harmony

        Artistic exploration & experimentation will take center stage at the Blue Whole Gallery with the presentation of works by two fine artists, Carol Janda and Lucinda Hayes.  Carol with many years of artistic practice will exhibit a variety of paintings as well as 3 dimensional clay work of statues and vessels with diverse elements of nature.   Lucinda (whose sees) art as an adventure will display her paintings of horses as an expression of the power of freedom. 
        Both of these artists, reflecting the same interest, take different paths to express their point of view.  Meet them and share in their inspirations by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, August 3rd from 5 to 8 p.m. or see their display throughout the month of August.

 Carol Janda is a multi-talented artist who focuses on learning about a place or topic in depth and then trying to recreate it.  Her immersion in art and years of experience allow her to share those skills and inspirations. Using art's tool of value, color, line, shape, direction, size and texture helps her to express the needs of a picture, or her hand built clay figures and molded forms that she creates as seen below.


A Full Kiln of ladies, birds and roses.


"Lavender Barn with an Olympic Mountain View"

     Carol is challenged by different art mediums and how they offer her diverse directions and approaches.  Her work has a singular perspective that comes from viewing the beauty that nature offers and how it can be revealed and portrayed. Her multi-directional approach brings out her diversity and creativity as seen below.

"Salmon cascade"

Bird Vase

     Carol Janda is a versatile artist working in both pictorial images and pottery in addition to teaching such skills to others. Share in Carol's involvement into the Arts by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday August 3rd from 5 to 8 pm where she and her work will be presented. 

     Lucinda Hayes sees Art as an adventure that allows her to use vibrant colors and dramatic light as well as soft subtle tones to reveal the character of a painting as well as tell a story.  Working in Mixed Media, Oils and Watercolors she captures the richness and beauty of nature and her subjects.  Her works have a quality of freshness, detail for commonplace objects and enthusiasm for life as seen below. 

"Bird of Paradise"

"First snow"

     Lucinda is able to capture in her work a quiet ethereal moment in nature and show a magical vision that is uniquely hers. Her artistic skills encompass wall murals, portraiture, animals and even trompe l'oeils yet she instills in each a personal feeling using dramatic light and color. Examples follow.

"Freedom 2"

"Freedom 1"

          Lucinda Hayes views Nature as a open door to invite the artist and the viewer to explore color, surface texture and mediums.  It is an 'adventure' into diversity allowing her to use varied applications and expand the realm of creativity.  Share in this vision by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday August 3, from 5 to 8 pm. and meet the artist and her artwork.

Both Artists welcome your contact including interviews!

Carol Janda
or Phone: 360-452-6356

Lucinda Hayes
or Phone: 760-519-5512

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Trio of Artists at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening view at Blue Whole Gallery

Natural Fibers & Precious Stones

         Three artist members of the Blue Whole Gallery will be featured in the Gallery's windows on First Friday July 6, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month.  Terri Biondolino  a fiber artist will showcase her newest works encompassing the creations of various woodland creatures out of natural materials. While Macaria Patapoff and Kathy Schreiner, both jewelers, will exhibit their wearable pieces of art using various minerals and precious stones that reflect the beauty of Mother Nature.    
   The art work of these artists comprise multiple techniques of interpretations that result in one of kind items.  Meet them at the Gallery and share their passion in the realm of creativity. 

Terri Biondolino among her creations!

      "All Creatures Great & Small" is the title of Terri's  exhibit which represents her efforts in creating various creatures with the use of needle felting. The latter has been called "the art of a thousand pokes" and it applies, even more, when she sculpts 3D items from wool.  Using specialized notched needles of carbon steel and various fibers as her starting point, she begins a journey that involves the manipulation of wool or natural fibers to develop whatever is in her imagination. The results can be been below.

Giraffe Calf


     Terri Biondolino dyes and blends all of her fiber and molds her own resin and polymer clay pieces.  Working with wool and natural fibers has no limitations and leads itself to create woodland creatures, flowers as well as dragons and even caterpillars as seen below. 


Wood Duck


"Absolem of Alice in Wonderland"

Bright & Beautiful

Macaria Patapoff is a member of the Clallam County Gem & Mineral Association and her passion in jewelry is working as a silversmith, & creating wearable pieces of art that are one of a kind necklaces, rings and bracelets. Each work has its own unique character that makes it a work of art to be enjoyed and appreciated.  Examples follow.

Gift to Cleopatra

Turquoise Stones set in sterling silver

Fused Sterling Silver Bracelet

The Sphinx Moth

Kathy Schreiner also has the same dedication and interest in making jewelry.  As a member of the Clallam County Gem and Mineral Association she has learned lapidary skills in addition to wire wrapping and metal-smithing.  Her focus is to create jewelry from a variety of minerals and develop designs reflecting their uniqueness. Her objective is to show the beauty of Mother Nature without overwhelming the piece with decorative additions.   Examples follow:

Rhodochrosite wire wrapped in sterling silver

Natural Crystal Cross
Peach Pearl in silver necklace

Blue Dichroic glass set in Sterling silver

   Enjoy and appreciate the involvement as well as commitment that Terri Biondolino, Debbie Patapoff, and Kathy Schreiner have in their works of art.  Meet the artists and share in their inspirations in portraying creatures and presenting nature's elements as wearable art. Please visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday July 6, 2018 from 5 to 8pm and throughout the month.

Each artist welcomes your contact including interviews!

Terri Biondolino
Cell: 208-369-8097
Macaria D. Patapoff

Kathy Schreiner

The Artist Members at 
Blue Whole Gallery Wish You All a 
Happy 4th of July!!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Celebrations at the Blue Whole Gallery!!


Evening View at Blue Whole Gallery

     Members of the Blue Whole Gallery, an artists' cooperative, invites everyone in the community to celebrate the Gallery's 21st year presenting art with rich variety and contrasting styles, focusing on "Having Fun"
    This new exhibit takes place on First Friday June 1, 2018 from 5-8 pm. and will showcase the works of its current membership that includes painters, photographers, digital artists, sculptors, potters, jewelers as well as fiber and gourd artists.  Its an open invitation to our enthusiastic supporters to join with us to celebrate the pursuit of creativity and originality in Art.  Examples of what will be shown follow:  

"A Good Time" by Priscilla Patterson

"Waterfall Top - Marymere Falls" by Ken Dvorak

"Red crowned crane" by Jeanne Chappell

     The Blue Whole Gallery started on June 14, 1997 as "an experiment in excellence" that has resulted in a fine art Gallery that continues to this day.  Its ultimate goal is to show works of professional artists and to reveal their skill in making art that can be appreciated by the public.

"Tree Music" by Marilynn Evans

"Dance" by Suzanne Eller

"Spring weather by Carol Janda, Porcelain Blue Vase by Greg Felando, 
Mandarin duck by Terri Biondolino

"Vespers" by Bridget Baker

     The Blue Whole Gallery and its members look forward to the future ahead where it can provide a place where art can be enjoyed and creativity can be celebrated.  Come and join us on our 21st anniversary on First Friday June 1st, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month at the Gallery

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Digital Transformations at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening View at Blue Whole Gallery

            On First Friday May 4th, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm the Blue Whole Gallery will present digital artist Marilynn Evans along with a Silent Auction by its members to support the Student Scholarship Program at the Sequim High School.   As featured artist Marilynn will show an exhibit of her work that uses digital resources for playful and fanciful images from her imagination and her own photographs to arrive at beautiful artistic renditions of images captured with her camera.   Come and see her work throughout the month of May at the Gallery or visit 

"Shadows of the Past"

"An Old Mill"

    Marilynn Evans enjoys creating digital art with the help of her Canon EOS Rebel XTi camera and computer software program Photoshop Elements 12.  These digital aids help her transform her numerous photos taken in the United States and foreign countries.  Her exhibit reveal older images of retired structures with added features giving them a fresh and new view as seen below. 

"Dungeness Schoolhouse"

"Old Stone"
"Covered Bridge"

    For Marilynn "the screen is my canvas, the mouse is my brush".  She could paint or take amazing photographs but chooses to combine these two forms of creativity on a computer for timely results.  After studying a photo at length it tells her what it wants to become.  She applies various techniques learned over the years to tell a new story or reveal hidden memories.  It is this artistic approach to photography that she shares with you as seen in the selections below.

"Tennessee Barn"

"The Cabin"

     The ability to combine multiple images and layers on a photo allows Marilynn to convey an enhanced story or a faded memory tinged with elements of the past.  Expand your vision in art and visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, May 4th, from 5 to 8pm and meet the artist who will be happy to discuss her art with you.

The Artist Welcomes Your Contact 
Including Interviews

Marilynn Evans
or Phone: 1-360-461-5822

Blue Whole Gallery Silent Auction
from May 1st  to  June 1st, 2018
with Artworks by Member Artists Presented to Support Student Scholarship 
at Sequim High School !

Friday, March 30, 2018

Natural and Man-made!

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

"Strait Inspirations"

     Come join us at the Blue Whole Gallery and reflect on the visions and imaginations of the Olympic Peninsula by artist painter Priscilla Patterson and photographer Ken Dvorak.  Both of these gallery members will present works reflecting natural beauty and the interaction of man-made objects have with the environment.  Meet the artists and view their efforts on First Friday, April 6 from 5 to 8 pm. at the Blue Whole Gallery.  Or visit the Gallery to see their display throughout the month.

      Priscilla Patterson, is a water color and oil artist who will present an exhibit entitled "Strait Lines" which combine the man-made with nature on the Olympic Peninsula.  Her works reflect how we interact with and enjoy our natural surroundings.  This exploration can be seen in the following works which will be presented in the Gallery windows on First Friday, April 6.


"Kayak Trip"


"When the River Ran Strong"

"View of the Valley"

     Priscilla takes every opportunity to work details into her watercolor and oil paintings. She finds interest in combining nature and man made objects into her compositions revealing farmland, mountains and the seacoast of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and the Strait of Juan De Fuca.  Examples follow.


"In Town for Awhile"

    Share in the scenic beauty and simplicity she finds on the Olympic Peninsula and discover the artwork of Priscilla Patterson by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery.  Meet the artist and view her efforts in expressing how we interact with nature by visiting the Gallery on First Friday April 6 from 5 to 8 pm.

  Ken Dvorak follows one of Ansel Adam directive, that photos are "made not taken".  Ken takes an image and with the help of a digital dark room, a scanner and a high end computer, he turns a photograph into something he imagine when he first clicked the camera's shutter.  Those results are shown below.

"Dungeness Bay"


"Waiting for the Tide"

"Clouds and Pilings"

    Ken is a self-taught fine art nature photographer and his works are both in black / white and color.  He prints his own works, does the mounting as well as the framing.  His prints are noted as being "giclee" which is a printing method that is considered to be "fine art" and gallery acceptable.  Below are works that reflect his interest in nature, its power, beauty and they invite the viewer to appreciate the interactions they offer.


"Sequim Japanese Garden 2"

    Share in Ken Dvorak's love affair with the outdoors and his special focus that he wants others to appreciate. Treat yourself to Ken's thoughtful and dramatic photographs by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday April 6 from 5 to 8 pm. when the artist will be present along with his works.

Both Artist welcome your contact including interviews.

Priscilla Patterson
or Phone: 1-360-477-4195

Ken Dvorak