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!