Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Natural World is the Artist's Realm

Evening view of the Blue Gallery

 Summer Splendor
Deer among Lupin
Wildflowers on Hurricane Ridge

 Hurricane Ridge

   With the beginning of August, the days of Summer are full upon us and the beauty of Nature extends itself to show the artist its many textures, colors, fragrances and sounds that make up our world around us. This dazzling stage is captured by two featured artists of the Blue Whole Gallery, Pam Walker and David C. Willis.  Both endeavor to reveal their love of nature and the surprises that Summer offers us all.  Such a setting will be on view in the Gallery's display windows starting on 1st Friday, August 1st, and throughout the month. Expand your days of Summer by visiting the Gallery and viewing the fine works of art that will be on displayed for all to wonder and enjoy.  Here is a sample of the works by both artists.

Pam Walker


"Maine Colors"
   A northwest artist that loves the out of doors and for obvious reasons. Her artwork reflects her desire to capture natures diversity, in wildlife, shapes and color.  Working in pastels, photographs, fabric and photo transfers she seeks out the essence of nature among the myriad of subjects that make up our living world.  These elements are seen in the following examples created by Pam. 

"On the Wings of the Dawn"
  Pam is known for her pigment transfer photographs where the delicate surface of the photo pigment is transferred to various surfaces such as clear vellum or copper.  With this technique shares her view of scenes found in nature so that others can enjoy the splendor of those images.



"Moon Drops over Red Rocks" (pastel)
   You can readily see that Pam does accomplish what she sets out to do as viewed in the art works above.  Yet she also avidly works in pastels to focus on the subject pictured.

   To reveal the power and majesty that we all can enjoy, Pam Walker gives us that view by capturing a dynamic action of the moment to bring out the stately beauty that passes so quickly in time.  This is so apply seen in the following images.

"Where Desert touches Ocean"

 "One Ray" 

"Delicate Arch at Sunset"

 To see these examples of the Pam Walker's elegant photographic artwork and pastels please visit the Blue Whole Gallery on 1st Friday, August 1st, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month. Avail yourself of the visual world that Pam so admires and wants to share with you. 

David C. Willis

David in his garden
  A versatile artist who explores nature with different approaches and mediums.  The results of David's art work are both abstract and realistic reflecting the diversity of the natural world. With Summer time in Sequim, David is fascinated by the splendor of colors, fragrance and textures surrounding him in his garden on the Olympic Peninsula.  So it is no surprise that he eagerly wants to share with you what Summer has to offer.  Using his art skill he has taken his brushes and canvas outside to paint what he sees so that others can enjoy his love affair with art and nature.  Here are examples of his art work:


    David was raised in the Philadelphia area and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  He then took advantage of opportunities to apprentice with a master craftsman builder and an historical restoration expert where he was trained in the fine art of furniture making and finishing.  Thus, when he is not outside painting or gardening, David uses his time to make furniture, picture frames and even volunteers designing and building live theater sets. These activities give David a chance to widen his artistic interests and expand into photography . 
Pumpkins from the garden
Thorns on a branch

Onion tops

  Versatility, experience, and a love of art are those qualities that make up the artist David C. Willis.  He welcomes you to view his efforts in revealing the splendor of summer with all its abundance of textures, shapes, & colors. See his art work showcased at the Blue Whole Gallery on the First Friday of  August 1st, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm and throughout the month.

 Extend the days of Summer and come visit the Gallery to delight your eyes with the paintings of David C. Willis & the photo art of Pam Walker.  

Both Artists welcome your contact.

Pam Walker: at

David C. Willis:  at

Friday, June 27, 2014

Revealing Artistic Skill.

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Freedom of Expression

   Throughout the month of July, starting on First Friday, July 4th, 2014 the Blue Whole Gallery will celebrate this special holiday by featuring the art work of two member artists, Deborah Sterk and Margo Hankel.  Both artists use different art mediums revealing their skills and independent choices on subject matter and creative expression.  Their art work is an example of how an artist can exhibit the freedoms americans hold dear, the liberty to show their ideals of life as they see it through art.

Deborah Sterk

Deborah Sterk
"Holly Hocks"
   An artist of extraordinary independent skills and proficiency.  Deb, a contemporary artist of the Pacific Northwest, works in oil and acrylic. She began her painting journey in 2005.  A self taught artist who has enhanced her knowledge and skills by taking workshops with master artists, Robert Hoffman, Gay Faukenberry, Ken Auster, Scott Burdick, Scott Christiansen & Robert Burridge.  Early on, her art work focused on capturing a moment with a clear sense of color and strong brush work.  This approach can be seen in the following examples:  

"Wedding Vessel"

"Musician's Home"

"Cargo Ship"

"Thinking of Spring"

 "Tequila Tangerine"

 As one of the most accomplished impressionist painter, Deb now has taken a dramatic change in direction. This major breakthrough takes on an experimental style with a conceptual focus, new sets of colors & looser interpretive style.  This leap to a freer & open abstract dimension has allowed her to transform her art from predictable to unpredictable & thus giving her the freedom to explore new horizons & approaches.  Here are examples of that leap of faith:

"Abstract 1"

"Abstract 2"
   Share in this creative endeavor & new freedom of expression by Deborah Sterk by visiting on First Friday July 4, 2014, America's day of Independence, the Blue Whole Gallery from 5 to 8 pm. View her efforts & celebrate with us the rights & freedoms we hold dear!

Margo Hankel

Margo Hankel by her picture "The Prado Balboa Park, San Diego"
  Margo Hankel's art medium of choice is watercolor. It requires skill and practice to master its elements and Margo uses it to capture the beauty of life in places, persons and things that surround her.   Her subject matter varies from scenes that nature provides as well as the wildlife that shares and lives within those surroundings.  The following selections reveal her skill and focus. 


"Hole in the Wall"

"Who R U"

"Salt Creek"


"Olympic Mountains"
    Margo's stunning view of the Olympic Mountain Range dominating the communities of Port Angeles & Sequim is an example of her interest in nature. It is a view capturing the towering mountains covered in snow and a forest of evergreens in the foreground.  Such a focus can also be directed to a garden view with equal strength as seen in the two selections  below.

"Gail's Garden"

"Tapa's Koi Fish"

   These fine selections of art work by Margo Hankel will give the viewer a fresh and independent insight into what Nature offers everyday in a world that we sometimes take for granted.  Don't let this chance slip by!! Visit the Blue Whole Gallery of Sequim, Washington to take advantage and see the independent expression of art by Margo Hankel and Deborah Sterk as presented to visitors on First Friday, July 4th, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month of July.

Both Artists welcome your contact.

Deborah Sterk: at
or Phone: 1-360-461-7625

Margo Hankel: at
or Phone: 1-360-425-5104


Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Great Time was had by All !

Evening view of The Blue Whole Gallery

A Celebration in the Making.

   On June 6th, 2014, the Blue Whole Gallery and its Artist Members celebrated its 17th year of operation in the community of Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula.  An artist cooperative established in 1997 by 27 artists that has continued to this day.  With its present 30 members the Birthday Celebration took place with the public welcomed as guests to the

Blue Whole Gallery Happening!

Artist member Lynne Armstrong preparing to set the stage.
Artists Christian Speidel, Karin Anderson & Lynne Armstrong setting up the display window.

A Great Time was had by All !

Eckart Mildenstein & wife artist Ryoko Toyama with artist Nancy Lawrence.

Goodies on Display
Cupcakes for all to enjoy!

Wine, cheese, & punch being served up.

George Franchini, artist members Margo Hankel & Mary Franchini inviting you to the Blue Whole Gallery 18th Birthday Celebration next year in 2015!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gallery on the scene for 17 years!!

Evening view of the Blue Whole Gallery

17th Birthday Celebration
on 1st Friday, June 6, 2014 from 5-8 pm. 

   What an amazing feat, for 17 years an art cooperative composed of artists has worked together to show their art to the public.  Over the years the Blue Whole Gallery has become such an enterprise, making itself one of the premier art gallery on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  It is no small achievement , it took effort, time and commitment from each artist member to make it happen.
Artist members David Willis, Ryoko Toyama, Carl Baker bringing in pictures to the Gallery.

Committee members, L to R:  Mary Franchini, Margo Handel & Lynne Armstrong making decisions together.

   Those efforts are clear in the scenes pictured here. They show member artists working within the space offered by the Gallery.  A physical entity whose walls and layout require decorative skills of placement.  Such skills do not come easily and are the results of a conscious effort by artists groups working together in concert.  Their decisions involve elements of color, shape and subject matter.  The goal is to allow each artwork be presented in the best possible way with taste and consideration.  This allows the Gallery to impart to the visitor the quality and overall scope of the art shown.

Deciding how and where art work will be displayed.


Placement requires decisions. 
Member artist Terry Grasteit taking measurements.


        Whether the art work is placed on the wall, a pedestal or in a jewelry case, the objective is the same:  allow it to be viewed and admired on its own merits.

Member artist Christian Speidel assembling a burl table for display.
Making sure each work is secured.
Centering an art work on the wall.


Member artist Brian Buntain setting up the jewelry case.

Artist members Joyce Volmut & Liz Harper selecting items to be placed on the Gallery shelves.

Member artist Steve Wry setting up the Gallery display window.
  Likewise, the Gallery's windows become an open invitation to the public to view the art world.   They feature every month the work of artist members revealing their skills and the medium of art they have chosen. Whether it be wood carving, oil, watercolor, mix media or acrylic painting, assemblage, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, fused glass, photography or sculpture the Blue Whole Gallery is proud to show this wide spectrum of art.

       Members of the Blue Whole Gallery

Photo by artist member Larry Barnes
L to R Back:  Bud Bowling, Larry Barnes, Debbie Cain, Pam Walker, Mary Franchini, Carol Janda, Jan Tatom, Katherine Loveland, Debby Sterk, Carl Baker, Terry Grasteit, Greg Felando.  L to R Middle: David C. Willis, Joyce Vomut, Lizbeth Harper, Lynne Armstrong, Ed Crumley, Karen Rozbicki Stringer, Karin Anderson, Brian Buntain. L to R Front: Christian Speidel, Teri Anne Stratton, Barbara Boerigter, Ryoko Toyama, & Steve Wry. Not pictured: Iris Edey, Margo Hankel, Janine Hegy.

  The Gallery is the means by which the public can enter the world of art and enjoy the creativity of these artists.    Celebrate our 17 years of fine art by joining with the members at the Blue Whole Gallery Birthday Celebration starting on 1st Friday June 6th, 2014 from 5-8 pm. and through out the month at 129 W. Washington Street, in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula.  

All are Welcomed!!!