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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Congratulations are in order for
 Terry Grasteit 

    A member artist of the Blue Whole Gallery, Terry Grasteit has been accepted in the Collective Visions Gallery (CVG) show at 331 Pacific Ave in Bremerton, Washington.  This 2017 Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition and Show starts on January 21, 2017 and  goes through February 25.  Terry Grasteit's painting  "Angles and Demons" below was selected to be placed in this prestigious show.  Recognition well deserved Terry!!  For more information go to collective

Important Announcement !

Terry Grasteit has been awarded First Place in the 2D Division of the CVG Show with his picture
"Angels & Demons"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Artist Member 
Marilynn Evans - Book Illustrator

     "Sugar Plum Fairy Tales" by Connie Miller and published by Y Mountain Press is an illustrated soft paperback with a collection of charming bedtime fairy tales that would be enjoyed by children.  It is illustrated by Marilynn Evans a Blue Whole Gallery artist who has created beautiful and colorful illustrations that will bring smiles and dreams to any child.  This paperback is available at BYU Book Store and a limited number can be purchased at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim.  Below are samples of Marilynn's illustrations.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Back to Basics at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening view of the Blue Whole Gallery

    January's Gallery Group Show, presented by member artists Nancy Lawrence and Karin Anderson, reveals the challenge presented when limiting the color palette.  The bold graphic punch of black and white stimulates and sharpens the mind and is modified by soft tones of grey, which lull one into a reflective meditative mood.  This dichotomy asks, what is going on here.  Enjoy this challenging show in the Blue Whole Gallery's windows starting on First Friday January 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and throughout the month.  Examples are shown below. 


"With an eye toward Cephus" by Joyce Volmut

Crystalline Vase by Greg Felando


Sumi-e by Ryoko Toyama

Pendant by Kathy Schreiner & Leather bag by Jan Tatom

"Matrix 2" by Terry Grasteit

"Natural Hourglass" by Karen Rozbicki Stringer

 All of the Member Artists
of the
Blue Whole Gallery

Wish Everyone a Joyous & Healthful 
New Year !!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Gift Giving at Blue Whole Gallery

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Holiday Selection of Artful Gifts

     Find the perfect gift for friends, family and decorate your home this Holiday Season with works of art by local artists of the Blue Whole Gallery.   Our Holiday Group Show and Gift Gallery will have a wonderful selection of ornaments, jewelry, fiber art, fused glass, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculptures of wood, gourds and drift wood will be available.  
     This showing of original art and unique gifts will be on display throughout the month of December with a special Holiday Showing on First Friday December 2 from 5 to 8 pm. You will be surprised at the variety and quality of the gifts available at the Blue Whole Gallery.  

Make Someone Happy!
Check these examples out.

Christmas Ornaments

Xmas Spirit by Joyce Volmut
Santas by Karin Anderson

Wooden Snowmen by Carl Baker

Clay Elves by Nancy Lawrence


Petosky Stone by Kathy Schreiner

Russian Charoite by Kathy Shreiner

Fused Glass Pendants by Lizabeth Harper

Fiber and Ceramic Art
Pot Holders by Jan Tatom

"Electra" by Steve Wry
Faceted Mugs by Greg Felando

Paintings and Driftwood - Gourd Sculptures

Flower Frog Pot by Carl Baker & Sumi painting by Ryoko Toyama

Vineyard by Debby Sterk

"LIL BUCKAROO" by David Tinsley

Gourd art by Debbie Cain

Artist Members of the Blue Whole Gallery Wishes Everyone a Joyous 
Holiday Season!