Current and Future Exhibits
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!
Late Summer Soliloquy
Thursday, September 4th through Monday the 29th
Aw, the bittersweet last month of summer, when weather is expected to be really nice--not too hot, not too cold, but, just right; and, Port Townsend hosts it’s two most fun weekends—Wooden Boat Festival and Port Townsend Film Festival. We celebrate with some really fantastic art!
Alfred Currier 's color and texture rich oil painting style should be familiar to Simon Mace regulars by now as this will be the fourth time we’ve been privileged to show his work. We’ll have several of the sweeping Skagit Valley landscapes Currier is known for as well as a few new ravens (back by popular demand) and even some boat yard plein air paintings in honor of the Wooden Boat Festival.
Anne Schreivogl attended last year’s Port Townsend Film Festival, soaking up the ambiance and getting inspired to paint a new series dedicated to films and the people (and birds) and who love them. Her exuberate painting “Film Festival” is the image that has been chosen for this year’s PTFF promotional materials. The image can be found on posters, tea towels, t-shirts and tote bags, but, the original painting will be right here at Simon Mace Gallery. In 15 years of the festival, the artwork has never been offered for sale to the public before. Because of the rarity of this opportunity, we are having some fun collecting names of would-be buyers and drawing the lucky buyer’s name at the PTFF Awards Presentation, Sunday evening starting at 6:30, September 21st at the Rose Theatre. Please stop by the gallery to see the painting and complete your entry by 5pm the 21st. You can also e-mail or call the gallery to put your name in for the opportunity to purchase this great work of art! In addition to the film themed paintings, Anne will also have some of her signature whimsical paintings with motifs of books, bicycles, cats, typewriters, sunflowers . . . essential elements to the joy of life.
In perfect compliment to Alfred and Anne, we introduce self-taught Portland wood carver, Stan Peterson. Peterson draws scenes from his regular urban walks or dreams, often using the mythic quality of animals or human-animal hybrids to express human foibles, then transforms them to three dimensions in carved and painted bass wood. The completed sculptures are rustic, charming and introspective. We didn’t show much restraint when meeting with Stan at his studio and brought back many more pieces than we’d planned on—you’re in for a real treat!
Late Summer Soliloquy runs Thursday, September 4th through Monday, September 29th. Meet all three artists at First Saturday Gallery Walk, the 6th, 5:30 to 8pm.