Current and Future Exhibits
Thursday, July 3rd through Monday, July 28th
Summertime and the living is easy. . . relax into all that a NW Summer has to offer with July's show "Inside Out" at Simon Mace Gallery. A soft restraint of palette and lush, yet quiet scenes unite painters Joan Jonland and Lisa Snow Lady, while sculptor Elizabeth Copland’s canine themed pieces are charming and joyful.
Joan Jonland, a Port Townsend resident since 1976 studied at The Art Institute of Chicago and has had over 18 regional exhibitions of her work. She explores local places and people with her meditative, wistful scenes of beaches and bluffs. Jonland’s style could be described as a cross between Winslow Homer and Ed Hopper.
Lisa Snow Lady holds a BA in Art History and a BFA in painting from the University of Washington and among other honors, was the recipient of a 2010 self-directed artist residency at Centrum in Fort Worden. She paints thoughtful expressions of interiors that find the sacred in the ordinary, capturing moments in time through simple, almost abstracted shapes and explorations of light and shadow, creating paintings with a strong sense of place and peace.
Elizabeth Copland earned a BA in Ceramics from the University of Washington. She finds that scenery often seeps into her artistic endeavors; which frequently revolve around the subtle repetition of animals, trees, water, and open spaces.
Both Lisa and Elizabeth are Northwest natives who live in Seattle with their husbands.
Meet all three artists at gallery walk, Saturday, June 5th, 5:30 to 8pm!
In other news, we bid a fond farewell to Simon Mace gallerist, Susi Watson, who is leaving the gallery to spend more time with artist husband Richard Jesse Watson and her family. For the past two years, Susi has been an integral part of the Simon Mace family and will be greatly missed. In addition, our official closing time is changing from 5pm to 5pm, however, when downtown is active and life allows, we’ll stay open later.
Black & White
Thursday, July 31st through Monday, September 1st
There’s just something very cool about black and white in, well, just about anything, but, especially art. It gives a graphic punch, while at the same time being visually calming. In an extremely art filled space, it offers the eye a soothing oasis and keeps the space from feeling over crowed and over stimulating for the viewer.
We loved our last Black & White show so much that we’re having an encore, Thursday, July 31st through Monday, September 1st. Five artists, Alison O’Donoghue, Chris Theiss, Betsy Barnum, Jody Joldersma and Todd Horton have provided us black and white beauties in a variety of disciplines—painting, ceramic sculpture, scratchboard and intaglio printmaking. The artists had no assigned theme, yet, somehow, most all of the work has a very birdy content. I realized a few years ago that Brad and I seem to have a lot of bird art in our personal collection, so now, I’m starting to wonder, “Do we like artists that use a lot of bird content or do the artists we like, just happen to use a lot of birds in their work?” Sort of a chicken and egg question, I guess. I have also realized that some people are ornithobic or have bird fear, so, unless you’d like to visit Simon Mace and focus on the superb vintage toy inspired sculpture from Skagit artist, Chris Theiss, and/or confront your fear, enter at your own risk.
In other news, last month I told you we were bidding a fond farewell to our wonderful gallerist of 1½ years, Susi Watson. I thought it’d take an awfully long time to find someone awesome enough to try and fill her shoes, but, the gods have smiled upon us and I am happy to introduce George Marie. A Portland native, George and her fiancé Michael D’Alessandro decided to settle in Port Townsend on return from their recent travels to Italy. If Michael’s name seems familiar that’s because he is the new Executive Director at Northwind Arts Center. A tip from a Northwind insider connected us with George and we hired her almost immediately. She is a lifelong art lover, published author, photographer and printmaker. Welcome George Marie!
Last, but, certainly not least, have you seen this year’s fabulous Port Townsend Film Festival poster? Do you know that the artwork is from none other than Simon Mace’s own Anne Schreivogl? Did you further know that the festival artwork has NEVER been available for sale before? Due the rarity of this opportunity, it was suggested that we needed a little fanfare. So, we decided to conduct a drawing for the chance to buy the painting. Stop by the gallery beginning Thursday, July 31st to see the painting and enter for your chance. Drawing will be held the last day of the festival, Sunday, September 21st. Time to be announced.
Don’t forget--First Saturday Gallery Walk, August 2nd 5:30 to 8pm!