Friday, January 26, 2018

The Flight of Birds at Blue Whole Gallery

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Grace, Beauty & Attitude
of Birds
     Blue Whole Gallery will present two feature artists whose skills in rendering images of birds and animals differ widely due to their methods and materials. Jeannine Chappell is an accomplished drawer and painter who incorporates a computer and software to reveal how fascinating birds are in communicating their beauty and power.  While Joyce DeCastro Volmut uses her wood carving skills to show life-like realism of birds and animals exemplifying their character.  Both artists have years of experience and their works will be showcased at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday February 2, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month.

"Barn Owl" by Jeannine Chappell

Detail view of Barn Owl
  Jeannine Chappell's unique artistic style combines her drawing talents & imagination to portray the strength and individuality that birds and animals have in the Natural World. She finds these subjects compelling as well as fascinating as she draws them and then isolated the image in order to darken, lighten and create different backgrounds into her final composition.

"Boreal Owl" by Jeannine Chappell

     Jeannine's artwork incorporates the use of watercolor, pencils, pastels, etc. along with the computer to facilitate her various talents and skills in creating images that she envisions.  The results are three-dimensional in quality on the subject shown along with the details found in the background along with natural elements in Nature.

Demoiselle Crane by Jeannine Chappell

     Share in Jeannine Chappell's vision of the qualities found in the birds and animals that share and enrich our world.  Each of her high-quality signed prints are individually matted and framed and will be presented a the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday February 2, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm.  Meet the artist, her work and enjoy her creativity.   

Joyce DeCastro Volmut values the essence and qualities found in birds and animals.  She takes pleasure in showing in her wood carvings the realistic manner, or facial expression that birds portray in the natural world.  She particularly tries to reveal their grace, beauty and demeanor which characterizes their personality.  These qualities can be seen in Joyce's carving of a Barn Owl below:

"Barn Owl" by Joyce DeCastro Volumt

Detail View of the Barn Owl

     Joyce's favorite wood is basswood which allows her to carve elements into her subject that capture their positions and manners reflecting their characteristics and thus give a realistic portrayal of the bird or animal.  These carved and painted life-like creations are examples of Joyce's skills and her interest in ornithology.   Samples of her work follow:

"Dawn, morning dove" by Joyce DeCastro Volmut

"Oh Beautiful, American Bald Eagle" by Joyce DeCastro Volmut
            The art of wood carving can be quite daunting at times for Joyce DeCastro Volmut but the challenge is always rewarding.  She is forever in awe of the grace, beauty and attitude of birds.  Enjoy this special vision and visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday February 2, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm.   Meet Joyce and take the time to appreciate her carvings/paintings of the wildlife that surrounds us.

Both Artists welcome your contact including interviews.

Jeannine Chappell
Phone: 510-206-7992

Joyce DeCastro Volmut
Phone: 785-554-6379

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Opposites Attract at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening View at the Blue Whole Gallery

     In celebration of the New Year, the Blue Whole Gallery presents a group show titled "Back to Basics: Black & White".  Curated by Nancy Lawrence, this show reveals the challenge presented when limiting the palette.  Working in black and white lays bare the elements of design and reveals the expressive strength of a work of art.  The bold graphic punch stimulates and sharpens the mind while being modified by soft tones of gray lull one into a meditative mood.  This dichotomy asks, what is going on here.  
      Enjoy this new exhibit presented at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday January 5th from 5 to 8pm and  throughout the month of January. Examples follow:

"Snowy Owl" by Jeannine Chappell

"Sculptures" by Katherine Loveland

"Calling at home port" by Ryoko Toyama

"Midwinter Feast" by Marilynn Evans

"Resist" by Lynne Armstrong

"Woman Figure" by Nancy Lawrence
"Shades of Gray" by Priscilla Patterson

All of the Member Artists
of the 
Blue Whole Gallery

Wish Everyone a Joyous & Healthful
New Year !

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday Season at Blue Whole Gallery!

at the 
Blue Whole Gallery

     The Christmas Season is ahead of us with the wonders of winter covering the Olympic Peninsula with snow, & cold crisp nights filled with stars shimmering in the sky above. What a marvelous season is upon us! 

     The Blue Whole Gallery will celebrate this period with works of art reflecting this special time with gifts and items that are created by member artists.  This special showing will take place on First Friday December 1st, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month.  Examples that follow show the variety and creativity that will welcome you and be treasured gifts by those who love fine art.  

"Snow Globe" by Marilynn Evans

Snow Shoe Hare by Terri Biondolino
Porcelain Vase with White Crystals by Greg Felando

"Winter Wonders" by Bridget Baker

"Huntress" by Sally Cays

Lady with 9 birds by Carol Janda
     Also, sharing the stars at night during this Winter Season will be the decorative lights placed on homes & businesses to make this time a wonderful winter wonderland. Enjoy this time by giving gifts of appreciation that reflect your hope and love for others. Here are a few possible selections from our Gallery.

"Snowy Owl" by Jeannine Chappell

Bumble Bee Jasper & Picture Jasper / Sterling Silver Necklaces by Kathy Schreiner

Blister Pearl & Sterling Silver earrings by Macaria D. Patapoff

Jade, Garnet and Turquoise rings by Macaria D. Patapoff

Carved Gourd art by Debbie Cain

Bottle Stoppers by Carl Baker


      Gifts for the Holiday Season can also be one of a-kind art reflecting the artist's creativity and imagination as seen in the selections below.

"Fresh Snow on the Rose Hip Hedge" by Lynne Armstrong

"Fall Shadows" by Lucinda Hayes

Broken, Flawed & Just Human by Driftwood artist David Tinsley

Rufous Hummingbird by Joyce Volmut
     The variety of art works available at the Gallery during the Christmas season will showcase the diversity & individualism of its artists.  It is the home for quality art  made locally. 
     The Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W. Washington St. in Sequim presents that perfect gift for friend or love one during this season of gift giving starting on First Friday December 1st from 5 to 8pm and throughout the month. 

The Blue Whole Gallery's
Member Artists 
Wishes Everyone a Great Holiday Season !

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Holiday Invitation from the Blue Whole Gallery!!

 The Blue Whole Gallery Celebrates
the Holiday Season!!

    Our chance to say thanks to the Sequim Community for their continued support of the Blue Whole Gallery throughout the year with a Gala Event taking place on Friday November 17th, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm.  
   We invite all to come and enjoy refreshments, a surprise gift and a fantastic Holiday Selection for the Christmas Season!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Nature Transformed at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening at the Blue Whole Gallery

"Out of the Woods"

       To celebrate the Fall / Harvest Season, the Blue Whole Galley, an artists cooperative for twenty years, will present a group show titled "Out of the Woods" during the month of November.  The exhibit's title expresses the connection of fine art to humble earth source materials and the transformations that result due to human imagination and skill.
     The exhibit will show examples of flower and fauna as well as beautiful landscapes that reflect natural objects found in the woods. These representations by several Gallery member artists will take place on First Friday, November 3 from 5 to 8 pm. and will be presented throughout the month of November.  Samples of these works are shown below.

"Forest Light with Gold Leaf" by Priscilla Patterson

"Which Way Did She Go" by Nancy Lawrence

"Storm's Coming" by Lynne Armstrong

   The bounty found in the woods for artists to use and transform into creative works of art come from a cornucopia of materials which allow artist to be creative and imaginative.  Such works can be abstract or realistic as seen below. 

"Dedication - Keeping little bodies Plump" by Joyce DeCastro Volmut

"Leaving Time" by Bridget Baker

Aquamarine Crystalline Vase by Greg Felando

"Trees Grown Together" by Carol Janda

     This group show titled "Out of the Woods" will be presented by Gallery member artists Nancy Lawrence & Greg Felando along with assistance from Bridget Baker, Lucinda Hayes & David Tinsley.  Their efforts will showcase the rich variety of art with contrasting styles and media that show the continuity of earth sourced materials (minerals, wood, fiber, paper, metal, clay etc.) and how the artist transforms these elements into meaningful works of arts.  This exhibit will be shown at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday November 3, 2017 from 5 to 8pm. and throughout the month. 

A Noteworthy Date to Consider !

    A Gala Open House at the Blue Whole Gallery takes place on Friday November 17, from 5-8pm.  A free event to all with refreshments, a surprise and a great Holiday Gift Selection at the Gallery.