Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Influence of Nature in Art

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

 Artistic Examples Inspired by Nature

    Two artist members of the Blue Whole Gallery will be featured in the Gallery's windows during the month of October.   Katherine Loveland is a photographer who focuses on revealing variations of shapes, textures and colors that she sees reflected in nature.  While Carol Janda, explores art through painting and pottery using the beauty of nature to give her inspiration in interpreting and portraying it.
    Both of these artist's work reflect elements found in everyday surroundings that help them explore various approaches and techniques of interpretations. See their inspirations by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, October 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. and meet the artists as well! 

     Katherine Loveland, uses photography to capture everyday objects as well as natural surfaces so that they can be seen anew to show their pattern, shapes and colors.  Her work gives us an opportunity to see new perspectives and view the unexpected and therefore appreciate the visual and tactical world we live in.  Look at the following examples and appreciate what she is revealing to you.

"Waves of Wood"


     What a diverse world that Katherine has opened to us by selecting and photographing simple objects and forms from nature.  It reveals a tactile world of diversity and one with magnificent shapes and patterns formed by the elements of wind, time, and temperature.  They are forms of sculpture as seen in the selections below.  


"What Lies Within"

     Katherine also sees the simple side of an object whether it be a shadow reflected on a sandy surface or an intricate image portrayed on a stone surface or the bark of a tree.  


     Enjoy this exploration and involvement that Katherine Loveland wants you to share and appreciate the visual beauty within Natures Realm.  Visit the Blue Whole Gallery and enjoy in her artwork and meet her on First Friday October 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gallery.

     Carol Janda, an artist who skills spans two separate art mediums, painting and pottery. She is challenged by different mediums and how they offer her diverse directions and approaches.  Her work has a singular perspective that comes from viewing the beauty that nature offers and how it can be interpreted and portrayed.  As a painter Carol uses oil monotypes, and water color that allows her to move into an exploration of multi-directions that brings out her diversity and creativity in her work as seen below.
"Autumn Winds"

"Safe Haven"

"Fields Before an Ancient City"

"Grown Together"

  Carol enjoys and expands her exploration of art when she uses her hands to mold and create clay sculptures using press-molded dragonflies, pine cones, sea life and leaf and rose-edge bowls and vases.  Her variety of shapes and forms allow her to explore her sense of artistic views that centers on capturing the elements in nature that surround her. The following examples reveal her skills and diversity in approach.   

Dragon Fly and Pine Cone Vases


"The Family"

"Coded message"
     Carol Janda is a versatile artist working in both pictorial images and pottery in addition to teaching such skills to others. Her variety of shapes and forms in pottery allow her to explore her sense of artistic views that centers on capturing the elements in nature that surround her.  She further expands her interest by using watercolors and oil monotypes that challenges her skills in examining other aspects of the pictorial arts.  These creative forces brings out her abilities to explore multi-directions in ideas and her ability to accept other various methods of applications in art.  


      Share in Carol's involvement into the Arts and the years of experience that have allowed her to venture into diverse subject matter that continue to challenge her.  See and appreciate her heartfelt endeavors by visiting the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday October 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. where she and her work will be presented. 

The Artists welcome your contact
including interviews.

Katherine Loveland

Carol Janda

Friday, August 26, 2016

Vision & Imagination Captured in Art

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Timeless Views & Whimsical Objects

     Can you imagine everyday scenes being captured in a vibrant way and then viewing imaginative creatures that could be real.  Such a display can be enjoyed in the show windows of the Blue Whole Gallery with the artwork of Lynne Armstrong and Steve Wry.  Their work will bring a delight to the mind and a vision of living life on a timeless level starting on First Friday September 2, 2016 at the Gallery from 5 to 8 pm. Meet these artists and their artwork which challenge each of us to be creative in our lives. 

     Lynne Armstrong is a artist whose mediums include oil, watercolor, acrylic and clay.  As a painter Lynne tries to instill in her artwork the elements of light, its movement and effect on forms in order to capture what is being viewed.  A part of Lynne's efforts is to show reality in a re-imagined way and thus capture a personal view of life in a timeless way.  That imagination can be seen in the following works.

"The Red Pitcher"

"The Luncheon Party"
  Along with picturing still life and landscapes, Lynne tries to convey a personal element in her art work that she shares with others along with her enchantment with gardens, natural settings and floral arrangements.  The results can be seen below.

"Chloe cutting Artichokes"

"Artichoke Thistle 1"

"Artichoke Thistle 2"

"Artichoke Thistle 3"

     Enter Lynne Armstrong's re-imagined world and enjoy the vibrant colors and shapes that she captures from nature and her views of the timeless themes in life.  Visit the Blue Whole Gallery and meet the artist on First Friday September 2, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm.  Enjoy Lynne's efforts and artwork throughout the month at the Gallery.

     Steve Wry is a ceramic artist whose work expresses his feeling about life found in the mountain, woods and the sea that encompasses the Olympic Peninsula.  His imagination and creativity can be seen in his work where each piece shows elements of whimsy as well as a possible story portrayed through his hands. Samples of his works are seen below. 

Imagination Unleashed
"Where's the beef"
"I love fishing season"
"And you think you have problems!"

     Steve's characters are varied and diverse and his array of creatures reveal a sense of humor. Using his hands he forms and shapes each piece so that they take on their own personalities which often harbor elements of fantasy as well as seriousness.  Steve uses various techniques including throwing, hand building and coiling which allow him to create an imaginative world on to itself.  Here are some of the results. 

"Private Conversations"



     Human imagination is rarely as varied and diverse as it is with the ceramic work by Steve Wry.  His creatures bring out laughter as well as a hidden personality.  Visit such a fantasy world at the Blue Whole Gallery and enjoy meeting the artist and his artwork on First Friday September 2, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm. Also, view his efforts throughout the month at the Gallery.

Both Artists Welcome Your Contact

Lynne Armstrong

Steve Wry

Friday, July 29, 2016

Stimulating Artwork on Display

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

Imaginative and Original Artwork

     The Blue Whole Gallery will showcase in its display windows the artwork of Mary Franchini and Carl Baker during the month of August.  Both artists reflect imaginative views along with a unique perspective that challenge the viewer to visualize something new and original in everyday objects that surround us.  Expand your awareness and visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday, August 5th, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. to meet these member artists and their work that stimulates and challenges our view of art.   

  Mary Franchini, a two dimensional artist and teacher, set out this year with a personal challenge for herself to "just paint".  She set the rules to use only blue & yellow paint; one piece of collage paper and the use of pastels.  Yet rules by their nature can be stretched and see how far Mary wandered in the results shown below.  

"Just Painting 3"

"Just Painting 4"

    Along with painting, Mary teaches in her home studio which allows her students and friends to push her into new aspects of painting. The results exceeded the rules she had set out to follow but permitted her to grow and be more encompassing in her treatment of the subject matter. 

"Coffee Flowers 3"

"Blue House"

  Mary Franchini and the Blue Whole Gallery invite the public to explore her efforts by visiting the Gallery on First Friday August 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. and meet her and the imaginative artwork she has created.  Also, enjoy this display throughout the month. 

   Carl Baker is a wood artist who finds the medium offers a rich and varied choices that allows him to express what he sees in the world surrounding us. The availability of wonderful wood in the Northwest provides him with a platform to stretch his creative boundaries and use the natural patterns and colors that occur.  His efforts are shown below. 

Salad Bowl

Hollow Form with Finial
   Carl also is inspired by the cosmos and its expanse and diversity.  To capture the wonders of space Carl uses burls and natural wood shapes to imaginatively interpret the elements that make up our universe.  Carl also enjoys sharing the variety of color and patterns that different woods provide and incorporate them into pieces that enhance the final artwork.


Chess board

     Carl Baker's creations offer variety and imaginative interpretations revealing the scope and beauty that wood can offer.  Share his love affair with wood and visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday August 5 from 5 to 8 pm. and meet the artist and his work.  Explore this art at the Gallery throughout the month.

 Both Artists Welcome Your Contact

Mary Franchini
Phone: (360) 681-0895

Carl Baker 
Studio:  (360) 692-7212
Cell:  (360) 731-9279  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Carving Creative Images into Art

Evening View of the Blue Whole Gallery

The Beauty of Organic Sculpture

   Two artists members of the Blue Whole Gallery will present their art in the Gallery's windows during the month of July.  Debbie Cain, a carver and painter, uses natural gourds to show and display images from nature and the lore of the American Southwest.    Joyce DeCastro Volmut a carver and painter as well, uses wood to reveal the variety of bird and animal species that inhabit our world.  Both artists represent images that exhibit the varied and detailed skills they have mastered, making realistic examples of the beauty that surrounds us in nature. Please visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday July 1, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. and throughout the month to enjoy and marvel at the quality and diversity of artwork that these artists have created.  

Joyce DeCastro Volmut

      Joyce uses her skill in carving and painting to present an accurate rendering of birds and animals that she finds occupying the Pacific Northwest and on the Olympic Peninsula.  She is a stickler for accuracy in portraying details of each bird or animal and this results in a believable artistic creation.  Along with this effort Joyce tries to give each work those characteristics that define the animal revealing its personality and appearance to enhance the overall presentation.  Those efforts are shown below.

"Bald Eagle"

"A Most Popular Fellow" - Male Northern Cardinal

      Carving since 2003, Joyce's goal is to capture a real sense of a bird or animal.  Focusing on the animal's anatomy, feather pattern, facial expression and color helps her to show the beauty and fragility of the animal kingdom.


"Spring Leap" - Western Bluebird

"With an eye toward Cephus" - Trumpeter Swan


"Taking Flight" - Brown Pelican
   Share in Joyce DeCastro Volmut's vision of the essence and qualities that are found in the birds and animals that share our world.  Please visit the Blue Whole Gallery on First Friday July 1, from 5 to 8 pm. meet the artist and enjoy her insight in carving and painting the wildlife that surrounds us. 

Debbie Cain


      Debbie works in her studio carving and painting natural gourds depicting various 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 surface of each gourd.  Using various stains, wood burning, and dyes she creates images that have depth and visual reality. 

Floral Hummingbird Gourd Bowl

Falling Leaves

     To produce an the overall effect Debbie embellishes her work 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 Sampler

"Onatah"  Iroquois - Daughter of the Earth

Open Faced Leaf Gourd Bowl
     This creative expression by Debbie Cain found in her gourd artwork can be enjoyed and admired at the Blue Whole Gallery.  Meet Debbie along with her art on First Friday July 1st from 5 to 8 pm. and throughout the month at the Gallery.

Both Artists Welcome Your Contact

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

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