Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blue Whole Gallery Gala Event on Nov. 20 !

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

You are Invited to
Blue Whole Gallery's
Rescheduled Gala Open House

Now Taking Place on Friday
November 20, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm.

Join your friends & the artist members of the Blue Whole Gallery in celebrating the Holiday Season 
with a Gala Open House at the Gallery.  
This event will feature an Art Raffle, a Gift Gallery
 along with
Festive Food and Drink

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Blue Whole Gallery's Holiday Celebration

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Gala Event taking place at the Gallery 

       The community is invited to join the artists of the Blue Whole Gallery on Tuesday, November 17th, 5-8 pm. to celebrate the opening of our Holiday Gift Gallery and Art Raffle.  The event features jewelry, fused glass, ceramics, ornaments, gourd art, wood sculpture, paintings, photography, fiber, driftwood and digital art.  Also, a raffle of Gallery member's art work will be held along with festive food & drink.  Examples of the raffle groupings are seen below.

Join us at the 
Blue Whole Gallery's 
Holiday Gift & Raffle Open House 
on November 17, from 5 - 8 pm.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Visually Inspired Art

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Artistic Expressions Influenced by Nature

    Two of the Blue Whole Gallery member artists, Katherine Loveland and Jan Tatom,  will be the featured artists during the month of November.  Both of these artist's work are influenced and inspired by nature.  Katherine Loveland is a photographer who is fascinated as well as focused on revealing unusual patterns or shapes that she sees in unexpected views and visions revealed by nature.   While Jan Tatom is a fiber artist inspired by the colors & textures revealed to her during the months of spring, summer & fall on the Olympic Peninsula.  What a fantastic combination when two artists in separate art fields are influenced by our natural surroundings. See their inspirations by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8 pm. & meet the artists. View their work throughout the month.

 Katherine Loveland

    Katherine has an innate view and perspective in seeing patterns and shapes in nature that she captures with her photographic skills. These views are revealed in the following triptychs that successfully allows viewers to see those unique views that would normally escape our senses.  


    What a wonderful world that Katherine Loveland has opened to us by selecting  simple objects and forms from nature. This gives her an opportunity to show us perspectives in seeing patterns and forms in a new light that is unexpected but as well as moving and inspirational.  Look at the following examples of her work & appreciate what she is revealing to you.  

"Rhapsody in Rust"

"What Lies Within"


     To provide for a more complex experience Katherine chooses to show her photography as triptychs so that the viewer can see the similarities in patterns and shapes formed by everyday objects. These comparisons are also tactile forms of sculpture as seen in the selections below.  

"Waves of Wood"


"Sand & Ice"

   Everyday objects as well as natural surfaces can be seen anew when they are grouped to show patterns, shapes and colors.  Katherine Loveland takes us there to see the unexpected involvement and appreciation of visual beauty within Nature's Realm. Enjoy this exploration and involvement by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery and share in Katherine Loveland's artwork and meet her on First Friday, November 6th from 5 to 8 pm. at the Gallery

Jan Tatom

     Colors and textures dominate the creative fiber work that Jan Tatom forms with the aid of two looms and her skills in weaving.  Her output spans a variable collection of fabric garments from handbags, felting, knitted and crocheted accessories, to hand-spun fibers, scarves and hand-woven pieces.  The following is a sample of her art work. 

It's a Wrap

Seahawks Glimmer

     Inspired by what nature offers, Jan Tatom weaves elements such as color, texture, and geometric patterns into her fiber art by using threads with color combinations provided by dye processes and loom designs.  Her goal is to form items that serve multiple uses from wearable art to decorative additions within the home.  Each creation can also be a learning event that can transport the weaver into another area of creativity in relation to patterns or color.  The Bamboo & Ginkgo scarf below is an example of discharge and over dye. 

Bamboo & Ginkgo


Double Weave Block Pattern

         In order to create these woven objects Jan uses both purchased & hand-spun fibers, a swift, a device that winds yarn into skeins, along with two looms, a Schacht & a Gilmore, which are often warped simultaneously with unrelated fibers and projects.  The weave structures can be simple or complex allowing unlimited freedom of expression. 
          The weaver's world is an ancient art form where woven items helped establish cultural identity, historical events, fashion trends and artistic skills.  The challenge is to interpret such inspirations into creations that are exciting, practical and useful as decorative and utilitarian pieces.

At Touch of Purple & Complex Blocks

Squared Away

           The fiber art work of Jan Tatom gives her the opportunity to express her inspirations and passion for weaving.  Explore this weaver's world where distinctive loom designs, color range and textures are incorporated into every hand-woven piece. Meet the artist, Jan Tatom, by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, November 6th, from 5 to 8 pm. and view her fiber art at the Gallery throughout the month. 

     Both artists, Katherine Loveland and Jan Tatom will be present at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday November 6th from 5 to 8pm.  Come and share in their artistic creations inspired by nature and their passionate efforts in revealing it.    

Both Artists welcome your contact.

Katherine Loveland:  at
phone is (360)-683-8288

Jan Tatom:  at 
 phone is (360)-681-3845

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Art Event at Blue Whole Gallery

An Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Art Talk 

     The Blue Whole Gallery will be hosting an Art Talk by Richard Jesse Watson.  An acclaimed illustrator of numerous award-winning children's books and an accomplished painter.

Richard will give a talk entitled 
"Mining Realism, Fracking Abstraction: 
Digging Deep with Art."

This event will take place on October 14, 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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Guest Artist: Richard Jesse Watson

Evening view of the Blue Whole Gallery
    Richard Jesse Watson, author, versatile artist and nationally acclaimed illustrator of children's books will be the featured guest artist at the Blue Whole Gallery from October 2 to November 2, 2015.  His artwork will be displayed in the windows of the Gallery and he will be presented in an Opening Reception at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim, Washington on October 2, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm.

Richard Jesse Watson

    In Richard's own words, "I get lost in patterns and textures in art and nature".  Using this as his guide his artwork incorporates a variety of color along with a realistic style that incorporates feelings and mood in his compositions.  This artistic focus can be seen in the many illustrations he has created in children's books since 1984.
    Being a versatile artist Richard Jesse Watson is not afraid to explore different techniques that can enhance his color pallet and creative energy.  Experimenting and learning something new has inspired him to incorporate new digital and non digital methods.  The results of these explorations in art and the use of vibrant color and details of imagery are seen in the samples below. 


"1 Nooksack Salmon"

     Many of Richard Jesse Watson's works of art blend abstraction with realism but they also reveal drama and feelings within the subjects being portrayed.  These characteristics are clear in the following works;

"Children of the World"
"Romanian Girl"

     What an engaging world Richard Jesse Watson shows us in all its diversity and complex feelings and emotions.  It is a shared world in which you can see and take part in by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery to meet the artist and view his artwork in an opening reception on October 2, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm.  

 Besides the Opening Reception the following events will also be available to attend as well:

by Richard Jesse Watson
"Mining Realism, Fracking Abstraction:
Digging Deep with Art "
(Free to the public)
Wednesday - October 14 at 6 pm. 
at the Blue Whole Gallery 129 Washington St. Sequim

Two Day Painting Workshop 
"Building Drama into Your Compositions"
by Richard Jesse Watson
 October 24-25, 2015 Saturday & Sunday
at Guy Cole Center in Carrie Blake Park Sequim, WA.
To register visit 
(Cost:   $200 for the 2 days per person)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Harvest Season Close at Hand !

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Autumn Light  
Ushers in A Season of Color

    Harvest Season is fast approaching the Olympic Peninsula as the month of September begins bringing a burst of Autumn colors and textures. Celebrating this special time of the year the Blue Whole Gallery will showcase, in its spacious windows, the artwork of Ryoko Toyama and Debbie Cain.  
     A highly recognized local artist, Ryoko's paintings reflect her "active response to the world, past and present" and at the same time revealing her feelings and inner most thoughts.  While noted gourd artist Debbie explores art and its possibilities on a three dimensional level, by painting, carving and embellishing on natural gourds in place of paper or canvas.  Both artist's work will be featured at the Blue Whole Gallery starting on First Friday September 4th, from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month.

Ryoko Toyama
     Ryoko Toyama's creative inspirations come from the visible objects or concepts, animated or lifeless that make up this world.  From such a view point she develops paintings that often take on their own elements with unexpected changes and endings.  Those startling views can be seen in the following works whose vivid colors and movement reflect the unexpected and give a magical sense to their presence.

"Transparent Mother Earth"

"Moonlight Madness"

     Ryoko Toyama, being a multi-linguist and having a 40 year career in library science, she now focuses on making her artistic skills center stage in her life beside being a volunteer interpreter.  She has said that making art is "pure joy" where she has no inhibitions when she is painting. In her home studio she freely expresses her own feelings about the world and enjoys the precious time to think and feel about life itself.  These elements of freedom can be seen in the selections below.

"Cycled Cherished"

"Remember August"

"Reflection 1" - Acrylic (19x14)

     Working in watercolor, mixed media and acrylics, Ryoko delights in filling her paintings with brilliant colors, bold strokes of movement and fluidity in composition.  At the same time, she is not afraid to experiment with new surfaces such as hand-made paper, fabric, wood and metal to make the composition come alive.  Examples of that exploration are seen below.

"Freshwater Bay 3"

"Our Valley 1-2"  (diptych)

   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 September 4th from 5 to 8 pm.   Also, Ryoko's art work will be featured throughout the month.

Debbie Cain

     Debbie Cain uses her skills as sculptor and painter to portray images of nature on the simplest of natural forms, the gourd.  Turning her studio into a storage area for all the different shapes that gourds form and then preparing them like a canvas to be transformed into a medium of art.   
     One of mankind's earliest domesticated type of plant, the gourd can be archaeologically traced back as early as 13,000 BC.  Through the ages the simple gourd has served as tools, ornaments, musical instruments, containers and an object for creative expression.  
     Debbie begins by using the smooth, three-dimensional surfaces of gourds to sculpt images, cutting away portions of the gourd, and leaving outlines of shapes and designs.  The following are examples of those skills.

Gourd Sampler

Autumn Candle

    Besides carving Debbie also paints, and wood burns designs that are colored with stains or dyes giving her images depth and visual reality.    
    In her studio she considers each piece of work as a challenge to create what best suits the shape and form she is working on.   The results are a kaleidoscope of subjects from simple leaves to detailed images of wolves, birds and even sea animals.  This can be seen in the turtle jar and the "Thunder Drum" below which becomes a sounding board when its wire is pulled and let go.


Sea Turtle Jar

A Thunder Drum picturing an Owl

  To enhance the overall effect Debbie Cain embellishes them with natural pine needles, gemstones, glass and fiber coiling. She also takes great inspiration from southwest American Indian motifs and subjects as the following examples show. 

Gourd 1

Kochina Doll

Fancypants Doll

    To truly enjoy and admire the creative expressiveness in Debbie Cain's gourd artwork you must view them individually.  That opportunity is offered by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery to meet Debbie along with her creations on First Friday September 4th from 5 to 8 pm. Also, her gourd artwork will be showcased and featured throughout the month.

Both Artists welcome your contact.

Ryoko Toyama:  at 1-360-681-6033
                              Blue Whole Gallery

Debbie Cain: at
or Phone: 1-360-801-6570