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"  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Creative Inspirations at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

"Doing Our Own Thing"

    Artistic Inspirations coming from visible objects that surround us everyday take center stage in the display windows of the Blue Whole Gallery with the works by two long time artist members. The conceptual art work of Barb Boerigter which focuses on unusual materials and found objects, and the paintings of Ryoko Toyama that reflect her active response to her world, past and present.  This captivating exhibit shows the independence that artists have in their work and will be presented on First Friday March 3, 2017 at the Gallery from 5 to 8pm and throughout month.  

 Barb Boerigter, is a 2 and 3-dimensional artist who is interested in things that are made, used and then discarded. She finds beauty in these cast-offs and uses them to create unique pieces of conceptual art that challenges the viewer to see what stories they still may tellSamples of her work can be seen below.

 "Roman Ego"
 (W. Va. Black Soapstone, Roman shard-porcelain olive oil jar stopper)

 "The Years Got Me"
(Mixed Media)

      Barb often times will sit in her studio for a long time surrounded by found objects, materials, that are labeled and stored for easy access. Eventually something clicks and her mind can see another story that they can tell.  The results can be works that might be intriguing or not.  

"Sequim Russet"

"Their Work is Done"

"Mixed Media Painting"

   Share in Barb Boerigter's efforts in doing her own thing and enjoy the stories arising from things that are made, used and then discarded yet still can be treasured anew. Visit the Blue Whole Gallery and meet the artist and her artwork on First Friday March 3, 2017 from 5 to 8pm. and throughout the month

 Ryoko Toyama, is a painter whose inspiration comes from visible objects, music, and words.  Working in water-based media because of its fluidity as well as acrylics she likes to create "emotional reality" as described by Skip Lawrence. Her creative process begins with the end in mind but often the work can take its own course producing the unexpected in a magical transition as seen below.

"For New Year with green"

"For New Year with red"

     Painting for Ryoko is an active response to her world, past and present and gives great joy in return. Her work is filled with brilliant color, bold strokes of movement and fluidity in composition. Examples of this exploration can be seen here

"A Visitor"

"March bloom"

"Our Valley"


     Give yourself an artistic adventure and view the selections of paintings by Ryoko Toyama by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery.  Meet the artist who invites you to share her freedom of expression on First Friday March 3, from 5 to 8 pm.  Also Ryoko's art work will be featured throughout the month.

Both artists welcome your contact,
including interviews.

Barbara B. Boerigter 
or Phone: 1-360-683-8058

Ryoko Toyama  
at Blue Whole Gallery 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Life as an Artist

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery.

Karin Anderson
Reflections on where I've been 
and how far I've come.

     Karin Anderson, Port Angeles native and long time member of the Blue Whole Gallery, is the featured artist for the month of February.  "Inspired!" is the title of this show, highlighting her mixed media paintings and three dimensional assemblage pieces in the front windows of the Gallery.  Influenced by the surroundings here on the Olympic Peninsula and encouraged by fellow artists at the Blue Whole, this show reflects how far she has come as an artist in the past 12 years.  Upon her husband's retirement this spring, the Andersons will leave the Northwest for Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Her colorful multifaceted, award winning art will continue on display thru February 28th.
     Members of the Blue Whole Gallery invite everyone in the community to enjoy the opening of Karin's final exhibit on First Friday February 3, from 5-8 pm. Karin's style is colorful, fun and eclectic as seen below.

"Red Portal Collage"


"Portrait of an Artist" Assemblage

   Karin's artwork encompasses a wide range from realistic to bright abstract, collage and assemblage.  By using various materials from acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, colored pencil, found objects, painted paper and fabric, she expands her creativity and gains inspiration from her art. The latter can be seen below.


"The Red Horse"


"Corrugated Construction"

"Many Portals" (Acrylic)

"Winged Journey"

      Please join the artist members in celebrating the diversity and artistic journey that Karin Anderson exhibits. Her inspiration combines both a love of color and an unconventional approach to art. View Karin's imaginative work and exploration into the world of art by meeting the artist and enjoy her special vision on First Friday February 3 from 5 - 8pm at the Blue Whole Gallery