Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nature as Teacher

Evening view of the Blue Whole Gallery

"Shadows & Reflections"

    The Blue Whole Gallery looks forward to showcasing its guest artist, Barbara De Pirro, for the month of March with an exhibit of her artwork entitled "Shadows & Reflections".   A painter, sculptor, installation artist as well as an educator, Barbara looks upon Nature as a open door that invites the artist to combine various elements of color, surface texture and mediums.  With her expertise in acrylics, she stretches and expands the use of different elements so that what is created can be seen anew in an artistic format.  Take part in this exploration and view the artwork of  Barbara De Pirro as seen here and at the Blue Whole Gallery on March 6th, 2015 from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month.    

Barbara De Pirro working on an installation of her work.

    Using her expertise in acrylics, Barbara expands her range by incorporating reclaimed materials of plastic, paper and thread by cutting, shaping, sticking and weaving these elements together creating shapes and forms different from their original existence and use.  Her art work aims to make people think and reflect on their relationship with the environment and their attitude towards reclaimed materials.   







    Much of Barbara De Pirro's art is composed of recyclables that she transforms into organic forms. These transformations expands her palette and incorporates multiple mediums and techniques.  She also explores the printed image revealing textures and patterns by transferring images without a press, using water based medium, acrylic paints & slow drying methods. The results are seen here.

       What a refreshing world of art Barbara De Pirro offers the viewer.  It is an adventure into diversity that allows an artist varied techniques using textile, fiber, paper, found objects and acrylic paint expanding the realm of creativity.  Share in this exploration of "Shadows & Reflections" in art revealing the artist's message.  Visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday March 6 from 5 to 8 pm. where Barbara De Pirro & her artwork will be presented.

The Artist welcomes your contact including interviews.

Barbara De Pirro

Art Talk 
open to the public 
by Barbara De Pirro 
will take place on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 pm. 
at the Blue Whole Gallery 129 W. Washington St., Sequim

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Recogniton of artistic skills.

A Must See Art Show

   The 2015 Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition and Show runs from January 28 - February 28 at the Collective Visions Gallery (CVG) in Downtown Bremerton at 331 Pacific Ave.  The Show features 130 pieces of art work selected from nearly 800 submitted works by 270 artists from 70 Washington cities.  This is one of the largest and most prestigious art competition in the Pacific Northwest.  Greg Robinson, executive director and curator of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, juried this year's competition.  Among those artists accepted into this 2015 CVG Show are two members of the Blue Whole Gallery

Karen Rozbicki Stringer

"Nothing Endures But Change"

Ryoko Toyama

"Harvest Time"

     Congratulations are in order to both artists for having their art work selected to this prestigious show.  Additional praise goes to Karen Rozbicki Stringer since her photograph entitled "Nothing Endures But Change" was awarded second place in photography from the many that were considered.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Passion & Feelings in Art

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Love Affair with Art

    The Blue Whole Gallery will feature two of its member artists that reflect a love affair with art itself.  Sandra G. Kasper and Mary Franchini have consistently throughout their artistic lives made an effort to express qualities that inspire emotion, imagery and feelings.  With the use of color, composition and creativity both artists express elements of life into their work along with passion and sensitivity. Enjoy their approaches to art and talk with the artists themselves at the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, February 6th,  from 5 to 8 pm.  

Sandra G. Kasper
   Sandra is a multi-media artist working primarily in experimental water medium acrylics, pastels and encaustic.  A new resident to the Sequim, Washington area she brings with her an artistic talent that ranges from impressionism to pure abstract with a strong sense of color, composition and movement.
   As an artist, Sandra enters the process of creation by exploring her feelings, thoughts and ideas.  She allows her work to reveal its own energy & intensity as seen in two of the series of four below entitled "Dancing with Nature".



"Where the Mountains Meet the Sea"

    Central  to Sandra's  focus is innovation and risk taking so that each work of art expresses its own individuality and gives insights into the subject being shown.  This extension is challenging because it involves immersing herself into varying styles as well as experimenting with various materials.  It becomes for Sandra an exploration and a love affair with art itself.

"Hidden Deer Tapestry"
     Take an excursion and explore the world that Sandra G. Kasper has created and view her artwork at the Blue Whole Gallery starting on February 6 from 5 to 8 pm & throughout the month.

Mary Franchini

    Mary Franchini is an adventuress mixed media artist using acrylics, gouache & water based paints. Not stopping there, Mary adds paper, fabric and found objects which she combines into images that can be somewhat realistic, impressionistic and even abstract.  All of these materials give her the freedom to express her views and find how each work takes its place.

"Inside Life"

     A veteran artist and teacher, Mary uses water soluble paint because it gives her the freedom to work on wet surfaces and see different effects that can become part of a collage or another layer of paint.  Texture and different colors then pour through and appear on the surfaces of her work.  Such exploration has taken her to depicting figures in a whimsical free style without being totally realistic as seen in following selections.

"Sequim Party Girl"


"I will tell you"

     Freedom of expression allows Mary Franchini to combine her love of art with the chance to experiment and express herself.  Her artwork becomes an exploration of how each work has its beginning and end.  Join Mary in this quest and view her efforts on First Friday, February 6, 2015 from 8 to 5 p.m. and throughout the month at the Blue Whole Gallery.

Both artists welcome your contact:

Sandra G. Kasper
Home phone:  360-683-4664

Mary Franchini
Home phone:  360-681-0895

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Artists Working to Make It Happen!!

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Preparing the Gallery for the Holiday Season

Artist Terry Grasteit helping out.
   Setting artwork in the Blue Whole Gallery does not happen by wishing it so, but rather it is due to the efforts of individual members volunteering their time, artistic sense of balance and taste to present a visual treat for the public to view.  The results of their hard work & effort this Holiday Season will make the Gallery come alive with a display of original art and unique gifts that will be offered the day after Thanksgiving, Friday Nov. 28 and throughout the month of December.  
    This wonderful selection spans the spectrum of painting, photography, ceramics, holiday cards, ornaments, jewelry, fiber art and more.  Each of these art works have been created by Blue Whole Artists themselves and reveals their spontaneity, creativeness and imagination.  This allows the public the opportunity to embrace & support the arts and the artists themselves.

Artist Robert "Bud" Bowling helped set the Gallery Gift stand up.

    To set the stage for showing these Holiday Gift Items, member artists like Robert "Bud" Bowling, Terry Grasteit, and Brian Buntain put together glass shelving that allows items to be displayed well. This Gift Gallery section, located in the center of Gallery, allowed artists Karin Anderson and Liz Harper to place the art work so that the public can view, touch and admire the efforts that each artist of the Gallery has worked hard to create.  

Karin Anderson making final touches.
Liz Harper placing gift items on stand

Artists Liz and Karin stopped working for a photo shot.

A sample of the artwork by Gallery's artists.

   The Gift Gallery and a Holiday Group Show starts on First Friday, December 5th bringing together 2D and 3D art that offers that perfect gift for friends and family.  Or deck your own table and walls this Holiday Season with original handmade art from the members of the Blue Whole Gallery.  This time of giving thanks and sharing with family and friends can also be remembered by a treasured gift that is appreciated by those you care about.

    All the artist members of the Blue Whole Gallery extend their heartfelt hopes that the Holiday Season ahead is a joyous and thoughtful one for each and everyone.


 In Memory

    With the ending of the year 2014 we regret to announce the passing of two of the Blue Whole Gallery's founding members.  Their art work and personal dedication to the Gallery will be greatly missed.

Mary Lou Teitzel

Helen Wood

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Colors & Textures in Art

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery
Artistic Inspirations

   Fall has arrived on the Olympic Peninsula.  Cooler & overcast days along with rain turning into snow on the mountains will be the season's gift to us all.  Yet spectacular colors & textures still can be seen at the Blue Whole Gallery with the art works of Jan Tatom & Karin Anderson. Each has a distinctive way of expressing their inspiration in art.  Jan reveals her vision by working in purchased & hand-spun fibers revealing weaving patterns with the use of two looms. While Karin works in acrylic, mixed media and assemblage incorporating a multitude of materials.  Brighten up your day and view these artist's colorful visions on First Friday, November 7th and throughout the month at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim, Washington.

Jan Tatom
Jan working at her Schacht Loom

Using a loom's shuttle & bobbins
  Jan Tatom enjoys the weaver's world where threads are woven with unlimited color combinations obtained from dye processes along with creative loom designs and woven geometric patterns.  It is an ancient art form found in all human cultures that reveals cultural identity, historical events, fashion trends and artistic skills.  Jan is fascinated with the possibilities that fiber can offer and she is inspired by the colors of spring or fall, along with the natural beauty of the Olympic Mountains. The challenge is to interpret such inspirations as creations that include fabric garments, discharged & dyed rayon scarves, & hand-woven wearable art as well as decorative and utilitarian pieces.

A swift used in winding yarn.

 In order to create such objects  Jan uses hand-spun fibers, a swift that winds yarns into skeins, along with two looms, a Schacht & a Gilmore, that are warped simultaneously to form decorative and utilitarian pieces. The results are an expanded range of colors, patterns with different weave structures and unlimited forms.

Double Weave Block

    Here are a sample of Jan Tatom's fiber inspirations that reveal patterns, weaving skills that please the eye and serve a multitude of uses.  (i.e. wearable art that may be used as a table runner or wall hanging.)

Ikat Handwoven with beads, Tencel discharge

Alpaca Twill - Hand-dyed Alpaca

Undulating Wall Hanging / Runner, Perle Cotton
  Truly, Jan has mastered the skills of weaving. Her artistic creations reveal the passion and the inspiration she has for fiber art.  The color range & textures obtained by special dye processes along with creative loom designs & weaves offers the visitor to the Blue Whole Gallery an inspirational look at wearable art as well as a decorative & utilitarian pieces.  Explore this weaver's world and join Jan Tatom at the Gallery on November 7th, from 5 to 8pm & throughout the month.

Karin Anderson
Karin working in her studio

   Karin Anderson is a mixed media artist whose work is eclectic, colorful & fun.  Not content to stick with one medium or style, Karin works with a multitude of materials ranging from acrylic, watercolor, gouache, & pastels, to collage & assemblage.  The latter can be seen below.

"Portrait of an Artist"
    Karin's inspiration comes from everyday things:  leaves, rocks, flowers, newspapers, fabric, found objects & (her favorite) rusty junk. These objects become the spark for her creative process.  She finds great satisfaction in re-purposing these elements into her art to stir up a story, memory or a laugh from the viewer.

"Mango Morning"

  Karin is always eager to experiment and explore something new. She uses vibrant colors to create simple, bold compositions.   

"Are We There Yet"

     Karin's creative inspirations combine both a love of color & an unconventional approach to art, revealing her unique view of the world.  She has the ability to take the everyday object and turn it into an intriguing work of art. She achieves this with skill and daring.  Visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, November 7th and throughout the month to view Karin's imaginative work and exploration into the world of art. 

  Jan Tatom and Karin Anderson will be the featured artists on November 7th from 5 to 8pm at the Blue Whole Gallery. Enjoy their approach to art and talk with the artists themselves on this first Friday.

Both artists welcome your contact:

Karin Anderson: at
    Home phone: 360-681-8481    Cell phone: 360-477-7923

Jan Tatom: at
Phone:  360-681-3845

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Different Approaches to Art

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Transformation & Adventure

    As the month of October ushers in "Indian Summer", the Olympic Peninsula reveals brilliant fall colors and cool evenings.  Along with this special time the Blue Whole Gallery is showcasing two of it's member artists, Terianne Stratton and Robert "Bud" Bowling, and each has a different approach to reveal their artistic skills.  Terianne is currently working in the medium of Encaustic - or hot wax painting while Robert Bowling uses natural & found materials in assemblages. Their skill transforms as well as creates adventures in art & will be featured on the First Friday of October 3 and throughout the month at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim, Washington. 

Terianne Stratton

"Coral Bloom"- Water Series (Encaustic)
   Terianne Stratton currently lives and works in Sequim, Washington and has a fine arts background in printmaking, painting and photography.  She often combines these latter elements with encaustic - or hot wax painting.  Encaustic is an ancient art technique using molten beeswax and damar varnish, sometimes with colored pigments added.  The "paint" is applied with brushes and fused with heating tools. All of these elements are an important part of her artistic approach.

  When working on a new project Terianne let's intuition and the creative process determine the direction of the work.  She is greatly influenced by elements & forms found in nature.  This can be seen in the works shown here, which are a part of her Five Elements Series.

"Transformation" (Encaustic mixed media)

"Deep Light"

"Daisuke's Blade"

  Terianne often uses various elements found in her studio among her collection of prints, odd pieces of old texts, stencils, and other ephemera.  She enjoys incorporating graphic elements, letters, words or numbers - as symbols that can suggest content and possibly a hidden story.   Her aim is to illustrate the vocabulary of abstraction that can be found in anything when broken down or simplified. This form of expression can be thought of as a narrative transformed by what the artist sees and experiences.  The following examples follow that theme. 


"Two Letter Words R2"
"Two Letter Words PQ"

  For Terianne Stratton "Art is an expression of personal experience and how that experience has settled and imprinted itself upon the spirit of the artist".  Share in her quest, join this adventure in art by Terianne and visit the Blue Whole Gallery on October 3, from 5 to 8pm where she and her works will be featured.

Robert "Bud" Bowling

   Robert "Bud" Bowling is a self-taught, mixed media artist living in Sequim, Washington.  His approach to art is an adventure involving assembling together natural and man-made objects found on the Olympic Peninsula.  He incorporates these relics left behind in time and places them into artistic assemblages.  He strives to show how these objects are related to each other and combines them with various materials and mediums, transforming them into creative works of art.    

"Doorway to Adventure"

"Mother Earth"

   Each piece is a challenge to put together effectively but it is also for Robert Bowling a chance to take the viewer into a world of natural & found elements relating a story of what is left behind.  He finds satisfaction taking a singular concept and seeing it transformed into a completed work.
"Mystic Tree"


"Speaking of Heat"

   Enter the assembled worlds of Robert "Bud" Bowling, whose creative eye has seen how found objects can relate to each other revealing a visual story. You will experience an approach to art that incorporates a transformation and an adventure into the unexpected.

 Visit the Blue Whole Gallery and view the art work of both Terianne Stratton and Robert "Bud" Bowling on the First Friday of October 3 from 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy their approach to art and talk with the artist themselves.  

 Both artists welcome your contact.

Terianne Stratton: at
or Phone 1-786-201-8186

Robert "Bud" Bowling: at 1-360-6812-7344