Friday, May 27, 2016

Blue Whole Gallery's 19th Anniversary Celebration

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery
"28 Shades of Blue!"

     The Member Artists of the Blue Whole Gallery invite the Community to join them in celebrating their 19th Anniversary as a Cooperative Gallery located in downtown Sequim, Washington.  This special event will take place on June 3, First Friday, from 5 to 8 pm at the Gallery and will showcase an exhibit of art titled "28 Shades of Blue!" curated by member artist Karin Anderson.  This group showing, in the Gallery's windows, will reflect the creative originality of the artist members and their involvement in contributing to the Arts in the Northwest on the Olympic Peninsula.  A sample of those skills follows.

"Morning Blues at Salt Creek" by Karen Rozbicki Stringer

"Trio of Blue" by Liz Harper (fused glass), Greg Felando (ceramic vases), Jan Tatom (scarf)

"Quantum Space" by Terry Grasteit

"Under the Blue Awning" by Mary Franchini

"Swamp Meadow" by Larry Barnes
     Please Join Us on June 3, 2016 and artfully celebrate the Blue Whole Gallery's 19 years of hosting workshops, demonstrations & exhibitions of art on the Olympic Peninsula.  Each of the members contributes their time and effort to maintain the Gallery and present to the community a diversity of art media and styles that enriches all of our lives and promotes creativity through Art!

Members of the Blue Whole Gallery

top left: Mary Franchini, Ken Dvorak, Bridget Baker, Katherine Loveland, Deborah Sterk, Barbara Boerigter, Carol Janda, Kathy Schreiner, Jan Tatom, Debbie Cain, Nancy Lawrence, Lynne Armstrong, Gregory Felando; from middle left; Karen Rozbicki Stringer, Margo Hankel, Joyce DeCastro Volmut, Steve Wry, Lizbeth Harper, Maryilynn Evans; front left:  Larry Barnes, Karin Anderson, Ryoko Toyama, David Tinsley, Lee Kierig. Missing from the photo: Carl Baker, Robert Bowling, Terry Grasteit, Virginia Jefferson - photo by Larry Barnes.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Artistic Works that become Visually Alive!

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Sculptural and Pictorial Artworks Revealing Individual Creativity

     On First Friday, May 6th, 2016 the Blue Whole Gallery will feature two artists who reflect sculptural and pictorial representations of the world around them.  Both artists approach their work differently due to the materials they use and yet they express their individuality in the works they create.  David Tinsley, a driftwood artist of exceptional skill is able to interpret emotions and actions into his sculptural work.  Margo Hankel a watercolor artist, reveals views of everyday  scenes, portraits and landscapes that are soft and delicate.  Their works will be on display at the Blue Whole Gallery on May 6th, from 5 to 8pm and throughout the month.  

David Tinsley
    David is a driftwood artist on a different level, he transforms pieces of driftwood into sculptural forms that express emotions or an interpretation that his mind has visualized in a three-dimensional form.  The artist selects each piece of driftwood for its suggestive shape and integrates it into a cohesive sculptural image showing the viewer a new and often surprising emotion.  The following examples reveal his creativity. 


"Ocean Glider"

"Silent Sobs"

    David Tinsley's love of the sea has found him chasing the waves as a surfer. This internal love of the ocean translates itself into sculptural themes using the gifts of driftwood from the Pacific Northwest Coastline. Such a love affair is seen below:


"One With The Ocean"

"The Struggle Within"

   David's expressive sculptured pieces reveal his personal and emotional approach and they have found their way into the Blue Whole Gallery.  To view these visit the Gallery and meet the artist and his work on First Friday May 6th from 5 to 8 pm and throughout the month.

Margo Hankel
     Margo uses watercolor as her medium of expression to capture the beauty of life in places, persons and nature.  Her paintings reflect a lifetime goal in appreciating the value of life and how finite time can be while capturing it at that very moment with simplicity and insight.  The following examples give us a view into her world.

"Live Oak"

     Margo shows how it is important to do what you love.  Her subject matter focuses on revealing personal feelings and emotions.  The latter is particularly true in her portraits below.

"Christman Kids"

"Mr. John Elliot"

    Watercolor is an art medium that requires great skill, practice and persistence to master its elements.  Margo uses it to capture the beauty of life that surrounds her.  Her subject matter varies from everyday scenes to the wildlife that share and live within our surroundings on the North Olympic Peninsula. 


    These selections of the art work by Margo Hankel give the viewer an open window into everyday life of a world that we often take for granted.  The times we are living in should be shared and so don't let this chance go by.  Visit the Blue Whole Gallery and be inspired by meeting the artist and her work featured on First Friday, May 6 from 5 to 8pm and throughout the month.

Both of these artists welcome your contact!

David Tinsley: at tinsleydavid1@gmail.
or Phone: 1-360-461-9600

Margo Hankel: at
or Phone: 1-360-452-5104

Friday, March 25, 2016

Artwork Challenging the Senses

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

A Visual Symphony 

     On First Friday, April 1, 2016 the Blue Whole Gallery will present an exhibit of artwork by two of its member artists, Bridget Baker and Karen Rozbicki Stringer.  Their work challenges the senses with compositions of imagination and feeling.  The result is a symphony of artwork combining meaningful experiences along with visual scenes based on observation and reflection. This is an invitation for the public to view and absorb different levels that each artist sees and tap into what life can offer to all of us without reservation. We invite everyone to an open reception at Blue Whole Gallery on Friday April 1, 2016 from 5 to 8pm to enjoy this array of visual experience.  

Bridget Baker
   Bridget is an abstract artist whose compositions evoke messages involving personal or familiar feelings that the viewer can discover in her artwork.   Not everything has to have a definition to be meaningful and the following sample works offer the viewer a chance to simply appreciate their beauty.  

"Sumac Shoals"


     As an artist, Bridget Baker uses mixed media such as acrylic, collage and watercolor to help her convey a complex idea or an abstract view.  That road can lead her onto various paths but her singular quest is to capture an original vision.

"Fracking the Dust Bowl"

   Share in Bridget Baker's challenging compositions that give the viewer the reward to wonder and come up with a personal meaningful interpretation of what they are seeing.  Meet the artist and examine and view her artwork by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday April 1, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm and throughout the month.  

 Karen Rozbicki Stringer
(Photo by Kip Tulin)

 Karen's passion is photography as a way of seeing and experiencing the world surrounding her.  She is presenting an exhibit entitled "Salish Sea Reveries:  Sequim-Dungeness" revealing images reflected in nature.  A simple driftwood log or a single bird or animal can be savored and saved in a single moment in time. 

"Center Stage"

"Change Is Coming"

    Using her skills along with observation, contemplation and reflection, Karen has the patience to savor that special moment in a scene or object in front of her camera.  Her images speak for themselves.

"Salish Sea Becalmed"

     Through Karen Rozbicki Stringer's photography the viewer deepens their awareness of what they are seeing and how the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula can be treasured.  Visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday April 1 from 5 to 8 pm in an open reception offered to all.  Meet Karen and share in her passion for her art that captures nature in a fleeting moment of time.

Both Artists Welcome Your Contact

Bridget Baker

Karen Rozbicki Stringer


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Recent Works by guest artist Mike McCollum

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Artwork that only ask Questions
Mike McCollum

     Mike McCollum born in Hoquiam, Washington, developed many of his artistic sensibilities from the San Francisco Bay Area.  He completed his MA and MFA degree at UC Berkeley and for 26 years was a professor of art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  His academic career continued as dean of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  Mike's artwork has been shown in many venues across the United States and received awards and grants.  He will exhibit his recent works from March 1 thru March 28 at the Blue Whole Gallery where on  First Friday March 4 a special opening reception from 5 to 8 pm will feature him and his artwork.  The public is invited and all are welcomed.  

  This showing will display Mike McCollum's recent wood and resin work consisting of large totems and a series of pyramids.  The totems are comprised of different panels of drawings and/or abstract color "paintings"His pyramids range in size from small to large.  Samples of these works are shown above and below.

   Along with these works, Mike will also present table tops and cabinets of wood with colored resin designs.  These pieces of furniture are made of hardwoods, drawn and painted elements, colored epoxy, found objects, hinges and casters.  He is interested in making cabinets whose lay out of drawers and hidden spaces are fascinating for their use as furniture.  This journey of exploration is clear in the following examples.  

Table Top

     Mike McCollum sees his artwork as encouraging the viewer to "ask questions" about the work they are seeing.  Yet the pieces do not answer any questions --- "they only ask them".  His art also engages him to "arrive at" as opposed to "aiming at" the essence on an idea.  His career has taken taken him into many mediums - bronze, ceramics, drawing, painting, print work and currently a fascination with wood.  

     The Blue Whole Gallery invites the public to meet Mike McCollum and view his artwork in an Opening Reception on March 4, from 5 to 8pm. at the Gallery and throughout the month.  

Additionally, the artist will give an 
Art Talk on his Recent Work 
which will take place on Wednesday
  March 16, 2016 at 6 pm at the Blue Whole Gallery  
129 Washington St. in Sequim, Washington.
This event is free to the public to promote the arts in our community.   


Saturday, February 13, 2016


Blue Whole Gallery Artist Interview on KSQM, today!

The Blue Whole Gallery is proud to announce that Potter Greg Felando will be interviewed this morning on KSQM 91.5 FM.  Arts & Entertainment host, Susan Spar, will interview Greg Felando about his career, his art and his methods this morning at 11:30 AM.  You can hear the broadcast on the radio at 91.5 FM on your dial or go to and click on the "Listen Live" button. 

If you miss this morning's broadcast, the show re-airs on Thursday at 9:00 PM. 
Greg Felando

Crystalline Glaze Vase by Greg Felando

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Technical and Artistic Skills

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Imaginative Techniques Requiring 
Artistic Skills

     The work of two artists, Marilynn Evans and Janine Hegy will be showcased in the windows of the Blue Whole Gallery during the month of February.  Their art blends both imagination and technical skill.  Marilynn's work involves digital interpretation of her photos using an artistic approach to enhance the image.  While Janine Hegy strives to create jewelry & stone sculptures into a creative statement of art.  To appreciate their skills we invite you to meet them at the Gallery on First Friday, February 5th from 5 to 8 pm. and their art work throughout the month.

"Just a Fantasy"

   Marilynn Evans has traveled abroad and in the Untied States resulting in many photographs capturing the views and memories of what she has seen.  To make these photos more relevant and meaningful she explores new methods of digital photography.  Using her computer as a canvas and the mouse as a brush she examines new methods of interpretation to help create her own style.  This exploration gives her a chance to use an artistic approach to morph a photo into an image, telling a story or revealing memories past. 

"March of the Terra Cotta Warriors"
      One approach is to combine multiple photographs into a singular view as seen in the work "March of the Terra Cotta Warriors".  This image combines three photos: one showing a singular warrior; a multitude of them; and the Great Wall of China. 

     Besides combining multiple photos Marilynn also uses digital collages in which she collects various elements and blends them into a single image as seen in the selection below.

"Fairies Outside Window"

     Marilynn also sees photos as a way of recreating past memories that are not easily forgotten or should they be.  Combining multiple images on a photo Marilynn conveys a story or a faded memory tinged with compassion or sorrow.  Her example below gives us a visit into the world of human experiences. 

"Bridge to Memories"

      Expand your vision in art and its multiple layers of creativity by viewing the digital art work of Marilynn Evans by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery.  Meet the artist and her work on First Friday, February 5th, from 5 to 8pm at the Gallery and throughout the month.

Rock Wall 200 feet "Garden Wrap"
     To say the least Janine Hegy has a way with rock walls that take advantage of each stone.  They create finished composition formed of their individual shapes and natural colors.  Her work as a sculptor and jeweler help her bring a singular idea or focus forward into reality.  Whether it be a rock wall or a piece of jewelry, her aim is to share the results and delight others.  Examples of her work can be seen in the following pieces using stone, metal as well as wood to enhance the charm of a necklace or an earring.

Yew wood necklace


Brass & Embossed Silver earring

     Janine Hegy expresses her creativity with natural elements in nature which are used in a composition giving them a chance to be fully appreciated.  Her work also encompasses the art of a sculptor as seen in the following example


"Curves & Angles"

      Give yourself a chance to enjoy the artwork of Janine Hegy and share in her effort to combine elements of metal, stone and wood in a new and artistic way.  Visit the Blue Whole Gallery and meet her and the work she has created on First Friday February 5th from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month.

 Both Artists welcome your contact!

Marilynn Evans
Phone:  1-360-582-9039
or visit her web sight at 

Janine Hegy
Phone: 1-360-477-5885