Friday, July 28, 2017

Exploring Artistic Expression at Blue Whole Gallery.

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Visual & Emotional Honesty in Art

     You are invited to the Blue Whole Gallery to experience and appreciate the passions of two featured artists, Karen Rozbicki Stringer and Debbie Cain.  This exhibit will present their works on what they observe and interpret to be visually and emotionally challenging to the viewer.  Both artists have a commitment to excellence and their art reflect deep observation and reflection on reality.  Please take the time to experience such efforts by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday August 4, 2017 from 5 to 8pm. and throughout the month.     

(Photo by Charles Carson)
Karen Rozbicki Stringer, whose passion for photography "is a way to experience the world around her quietly, slowly and deeply through observation, contemplation and reflection." Her photographic images take the viewer into a world of derelict and abandoned buildings that are revealed through "Doors and Windows".
     Doors for Karen offer inclusion or exclusion - you're either in or you're out. This choice can be adventurous for some or forbidding for others as seen in her photographic images that follow.

"Presence II"


     Windows for Karen present another photographic opportunity, for they are a transparent barrier and can act as a "veneer isolating the inner life from what lies beyond".  Therefore, windows "separate observers from participants, sometimes protecting, but never fully."  Such views are captured below.

"Breach III"

"View from Within"

     Karen Rozbicki Stringer's photographic skills reveal talent and involvement that allow her the opportunity to share her interests in capturing past times and places that still have a story to tell.  Give yourself an inspiring experience and meet the artist and her artwork at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday August 4, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm.

Debbie Cain works in her studio carving and painting natural gourds, depicting animals as well as designs revealing the lore of the American Southwest.  She selects and prepares her gourds to become like canvas allowing her to carve, sketch and paint images on the surfaces. Using various stains, wood burning and dyes she creates images that have depth and visual reality as seen below.

"Textured Leather"

Gourd Lamp

  Debbie's handmade and decorated gourd art reflects her exploration into an art form that requires refined skills to arrive at a satisfying creation. She incorporates carved images, portrait painting along with embedded natural elements to achieve the final result.  

"Feathered Mask"

Carved Butterfly Gourd

      Debbie Cain's creative expressions are found in her gourd artwork and can be enjoyed and admired for its representation of images that are varied and detailed.  The beauty of her organic sculptures and the her effort to embellish her work with natural pine needles, gemstones, glass and fiber coiling only enhances her creations.  The Blue Whole Gallery urges you to explore this interesting art form and meet the artist and her work at the Gallery on First Friday August 4, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month.

Both Artists Welcome Your Contact Including Interviews

Karen Rozbicki Stringer

Debbie Cain

Friday, June 30, 2017

Capturing Creativity at Blue Whole Gallery!

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Expressive Imagination On
Two Different Levels

    The Blue Whole Gallery will be featuring two artists whose skill in using elements of creativity differ widely due to their methods and application.  Marilynn Evans is an accomplished digital artist who takes her photographs and using her computer and specific software changes the original image, adding  imaginative elements to create a work of art.  While Joyce DeCastro Volmut uses her sculptural skills to render animals and birds with lifelike realism which exemplify their character.  Both artists have years of experience and their works will be presented at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday July 7, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month. 

"Lavender Sunset"

      Maryilynn Evans digital image above is an example of how an original photo taken by her at the Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm in Sequim and printed on aluminum can be enhanced by  a little imaginative help. For the past 17 years Marilynn has sharpened her use of specific software and computer skills to add interest to her personal collection of photographs.  The results highlight the elements of versatility and exploration in her work.

"The Unicorn"
    Another example of Marilynn's work is the "The Unicorn" which delves into fantasy and allows her to use imagination to enhance a photo taken in the Olympic National Forest.  She incorporates into the forest scene images of a unicorn, a peacock and a fairy thus creating a medieval mystical scene in an idyllic setting.

"A Visit with Fairies"
"Spirit of the Bridge"

     Marilynn Evans is a versatile artist whose digital art incorporates imagination and exploration.  She also involves herself in illustrations for children's books such as "Sugar Plum Fairy Tales" by author Connie Miller.  Enjoy the world that Marilynn is presenting at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday July 7, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. where the artist, her work and illustrated books will be available.

"Kissing the Light" Rufous Hummingbird

    Joyce DeCastro Volmut is a sculptor and carver who is dedicated to capturing the essence of a bird or animal in a realistic manner, paying particular attention to facial expression, feather layout and general demeanor of the subject being worked on.  Such interest stems from Joyce's interest in ornithology and is particularly shown in her renditions of birds such as the Rufous Hummingbird and the following below.   

"Oh Beautiful" American Bald Eagle
     Joyce's favorite wood is basswood which allows her to carve elements into her subject that captures their positions and manners that reflect their characteristics and thus give a realistic portrayal of the bird or animal. 

"And So I dream" Sea Otter with Cub

"Arctic Stomp" (Running Snowy Owl)

     Share in Joyce DeCastro Volmut's vision of the essence and qualities that are found in the birds and animals that share and enrich our world.  Please take the time to visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday July 7, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. and meet Joyce and enjoy her insight in carving and painting the wildlife that surrounds us. 

 Both Artists Welcome Your Contact!

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

Joyce DeCastro Volmut
at: joyce.volmut
or Phone: 1-785-554-6379

Wishing You All a Very
Happy 4th of July

Friday, May 26, 2017

Blue Whole Gallery continues its Legacy!

Member Artists of the Blue Whole Gallery
   From top left:  Katherine Loveland, Marilynn Evans, Larry Barnes, Debbie Cain, Robert "Bud" Bowling, Barbara Neswald, Carol Janda, Liz Harper, Ken Dvorak, Joyce DeCastro Volmut, Mary Franchini, Barbara Boerigter, Kathy Schreiner, Carl Baker, Greg Felando.  From front left:  Lynne Armstrong, Bridget Baker, Ryoko Toyama, Lucinda Hayes, David Tinsley and Priscilla Patterson.  Missing in photo are: Nancy Lawrence, Deborah Sterk and Karen Rozbicki Stringer.  (Group photo taken by Larry Barnes on May 9, 2017) 

Celebrate our 20th year of Excellence

"Spirit of the Bridge" by Marilynn Evans

       Years have past and many artists have helped maintain and develop a Gallery on the Olympic Peninsula showing the highest level of work by local artists.  Their efforts over the years have given the communities of Sequim, Port Angeles and Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula an enduring Legacy of Excellence in Art.  That achievement extends into our 20th year anniversary and is being celebrated on the First Friday of June 2, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm. with an array of art work that continues to honor artists of the past with those of the present.  
     Members of the Blue Whole Gallery, an artist cooperative, invite the whole community to celebrate that achievement and share in our efforts in presenting art work of exceptional creativity and originality.  It is an invitation to all to celebrate Art and those who create it.  Examples of what will be presented are shown here.

"Prodigy" by Priscilla Patterson

"Simply Blue" by Karen Rozbicki Stringer

Works by Debbie Cain, Liz Harper, Greg Felando,
Ken Dvorak and Barbara Neswald.

   "The Waterfall" by Ken Dvorak    "The Beginning" by Barb Boerigter

      "Abstract Landscape" by Mary Franchini

    Beyond creating works of art, the artists of the Blue Whole Gallery also present their art to inspire others to venture forth and become artists themselves so that they can also enhance and contribute to the quality of life within our community. 

"Sound the Trumpet" by Lucinda Hayes

Works by Nancy Lawrence, Lynne Armstrong, Carol Janda, and Ryoko Toyama.

"Salad Bowl" by Carl Baker

"Changing Values" by Bridget Baker

"Stricken" by Driftwood Sculptor David Tinsley

                                                                                            Jewelry by Kathy Schreiner
      "Snowy Owl" by Joyce Volmut                           

"Circularity" by Photographer Katherine Loveland

     The Gallery is the means by which the public can enter the world of art and enjoy the creativity of artists.  Celebrate our 20th year of presenting fine art by joining with the members of the Blue Whole Gallery in their 20th Anniversary Celebration starting on 1st Friday June 2nd, 2017 from 5-8 pm. and throughout the month at 129 W. Washington Street, in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula.
"Celebrate Life" by Carol Janda

All are Welcomed!
  View New Original Art; enjoy Refreshments; take 20% off on selected works of Art and enter a Silent Auction titled "Dine in Sequim, Enjoy Culinary Arts," offering gift certificates from several dinning establishments.

Digital Art Work by member artist Marilynn Evans

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