Posts Tagged ‘Port Townsend galleries’

Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend Currently Showing Pat and Peter Simpson Collection

jeffersonThe Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend  is currently featuring “Pat and Peter Simpson: Collectors and Patrons,” based on Pat and Peter Simpson’s art collection. It will present the work of nine artists: Tom Wilson, Jo Ann Alber, Kate Jenks, Anne Hirondelle, Stephanie Lutgring, Stephen Yates, Linda Okazaki, Galen Garwood, and Ed Cain.

The exhibit features pieces from the Simpson collection, which is mostly from the mid-1980s, along with works of the same artists from later points in their careers.

Stephen Yates created a large painting, Navigator’s Strategy, specifically for the exhibit.

“By showing some more contemporary work we get a little bit of a survey of those artists and how their work has progressed,” said curator Ann Welch.

Juried Art Exhibit Opens at Northwind Arts Center December 3

northwindSmall Expressions 15,” Northwind Arts Center’s, 701 Water Street in Port Townsend,  popular juried exhibit of small artworks, runs through January 2, 2017 and opens during the Port Townsend Art Walk December 3 from 5:30-8pm. This exhibit includes artworks by 72 artists from Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties, and showcases a range of diverse media from jewelry, painting and sculpture to ceramics, fiber, photography and printmaking. Juror Donna Watson selected 142 works from over 270 pieces submitted. Shown: Merit Award Winner Steel Drawing 71 by Kim Simonelli.

Alfred Currier Showing at Simon Mace in Port Townsend

simonSimon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend,  is currently showing,  through August 1,  celebrated artist Alfred Currier—in his solo show “Passionate Obsession”. For Currier, painting is an obsession as well as a passion. As he says, “Passion for the love of it. Obsession means I have no choice.” A lifelong artist and resident of Anacortes since 1991, Alfred Currier is a well-established Northwest oil painter best-known for his vibrant palette and thickly textured canvases. The body of work for July’s show falls into three categories—serene Skagit Valley Landscapes, Working Lands and European Settings. Shown: A Sense of Place.

Northwest Native Art Exhibit Opens March 5 at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend

jeffersonPersistent Vision: Northwest Native Art” opens at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History,  540 Water Street in Port Townsend, March 5 during the Port Townsend Art Walk   The exhibit celebrates the strength” and continuing expression of native art. Works by contemporary artists are displayed along with rare historical artifacts from the Jefferson County Historical Society collection. The pieces show a range of techniques in a variety of materials including wood, cloth, and paper. Renowned sculptor and printmaker Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta-Pueblo heritage) has provided the image entitled “Mystical Journey” for the exhibit logo (shown).

Contemporary pieces on display include carvings by Joe Ives (Little Boston S’Klallam), painter and carver Bill Martin (Makah), and pieces by carver Dusty Humphries from the “House of Myths” carving shed on the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal campus. Contemporary baskets by Cathy Macgregor (Jamestown S’Klallam) are shown along with older traditional baskets.

Calendar of art walks and events through January 4

First Thursday (Most galleries will have openings on January 8 because of New Year’s Eve)

Gallery Walks in Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum area, 5 – 8pm.

Downtown Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park are free all day on First Thursdays.

New! Silverdale Artwalk, 5:30 – 8pm, November through March. Meet at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, 9536 NW Silverdale Way. 360/613-5472


First Friday

Anacortes Galleries are open 6 –

Bainbridge Island Galleries are open from 6 – 8pm.

Bellingham Downtown Art Walk is from 6 – 10pm.

Bremerton Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Bremerton.

Ellensburg Art Walk is from 5 – 7:30pm in historic downtown

Fremont Art Walk is 6 –

Issaquah Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm, May – September in downtown

Sequim Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Sequim.

Vashon Island Gallery Cruise is from 6 –


First Saturday

La Conner Galleries are open 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape

Langley on Whidbey Island Art Walk is from 5 – 7pm.

Port Townsend Art Walk is from 5:30 –

Quilcene Art Walk is from 11am – 6pm.

More openings on September 6

galnorthGallery North, 401 Main Street in Edmonds, opens “Infinite Realities” in a reception this afternoon from 1-4pm. Another reception will take place during the Edmonds Art Walk on September 18 from 5-8pm. The exhibit showcases digital art and photography by Anne Harlan Prather.



The Max Grover Gallery, 630 Water Street in Port Townsend,  welcomes newcomer Julie Read with 30 of her quirky, colorful paintings to it’s walls during September. The exhibit is titled First Big Show. "I mostly paint wild animal,." and runs through September 30.



simonOn view through September 29 at the Simon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend, is a show called “ Late Summer Soliloquy” featuring well-known northwest artist Alfred Currier. Currier  is noted for his  Skagit Valley landscapes 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. Also on view is work from Anne Schreivogl, who will also have some of her signature whimsical paintings with motifs of books, bicycles, cats, typewriters, sunflowers . . . essential elements to the joy of life. Additionally, the gallery introduces 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. All three artists will attend the opening during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk on September 6 from 6:30-8:30pm. Shown: Bottom Work by Alfred Currier.


Smith & Vallee Gallery,  5741 Gilkey Avenue in Edison, is showing  a unique exhibition of new work by local artists Kathleen Faulkner and Peter Belknap.  The show will run from September  6– September 28 with an opening reception Saturday, September 6 from 5-8 p.m. 

First Saturday around Puget Sound

The Museum of Northwest Art‘s annual auction is this Saturday in La Conner. La Conner jewelry artist and  Ann Hardee Gallery  owner, Ann Hardee, created this necklace at the left  for the auction. It contains 81 hand-wrapped pendants with AA grade tourmaline teardrops, freshwater pearls and 22kt g.p. beads. For the online auction brochure, go to:



brackenwoodBrackenwood Gallery, 302 First Street in Langley on Whidbey Island, celebrates summer  with a show featuring, oil painter Jason Waskey and “Garden Garnishes” Sculpture Exhibit from seven of Whidbey’s finest sculptors. On display will be sculptures in bronze, stone and steel made to adorn the home or garden by artists: Dan Freeman, Georgia Gerber, Ivan Neaigus, Jim Patereau, Sharon Spencer, Sue Taves and Lloyd Whannell. Mary Fisher of Cultus Bay Nursery and Maureen Murphy of Bayview Farm and Garden are creating a “garden” ambiance in the gallery for the opening on July 5 from 5-7 PM. Shown at the right: Jason Waskey, Blue on Yellow.



Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial Street in La Conner, is showing sculptor Ed Nordin’s Sleeping Bird, as well as new work by Maggie Wilder.



The Max Grover Gallery, 820 Water Street  in Port Townsend,  exhibits new work by local painter Frank Samuelson through August 24.


simonSimon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend, showcases Seattle painter Lisa Snow Lady’s new series of quiet interiors which  share a complimentary palette with Port Townsend painter Joan Jonland’s wistful landscapes. Seattle sculptor Elizabeth Copland  joins them with playful ceramic pups which might frolic both inside or out. On view through July 28, opening reception is during . Gallery Walk 5:30 to 8pm, Saturday, July 5th. Shown at the left: The Heron Scouts by Joan Jonland.



Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Avenue in Edison, features a selection of work by Skagit based artists Tracy Powell and Kris Ekstrand Molesworth. The opening reception is from 5-8pm.



waterWaterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Avenue in Friday Harbor, invites all to a special jewelry show this weekend from 11-4 on Saturday and Sunday. The artists are Dianne Coe, Peggy Hunt, Anna Skibska and Jan Marie Tognela.

First Saturday in June around Puget Sound

brackenwoodBrackenwood Gallery, 302 First Avenue in Langley, opens a new exhibit featuring work by Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow with a special reception for the artists on June 7 from 5-7pm. The painters are known for their colorful and intriguing subject matter. Buffy’s new reverse paintings on plexiglass “wander in between the movements of surrealism and impressionism,” according to the artist. Playing with the technique of redaction, taking off paint, Morrow scratched patterns and texture into the paint to create the feeling of speed a rider and horse would have racing across the prairie. The show runs through June 30. Shown: Bruce Morrow, Rapid.



Max Grover Gallery, on the waterfront in historic Port Townsend,  is showing  new collage pieces of Harold Nelson during the month of June. He has been showing his art for just three years but has already become a regular in the galleries and juried shows on the Olympic Peninsula. His technique of layering magazine paper into intricate and complex arrangements draws on influences as diverse as the paintings of the old masters to the Abstract Expressionists.



prographicaNorman Lundin of Prographica Gallery,  presents “Parallel Play,”  an eight-artist show curated by Ellen Garvens. The show opens Saturday June 7 with a reception from 2 to 4 pm and continues through July 12. Prographica is located at 3419 East Denny Way in the Madrona neighborhood. The artists in this show are  engaged in parallel play, making work that is about being a parent as well as returning to their own childhoods. Using childhood toys, participating in the activities of being a kid, looking at the frequent accidents or the domestic chaos of homes filled with children are the subjects of this work. Shown: Colleen Choquette-Raphael, La La 2.


simonSimon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend, introduces a new exhibit called “Salish Stories” in a reception for  artists Karen Hackenberg and Richard Jesse Watson from 5:30-8pm on June 7. On view through June 30, the artworks are inspired by life along the Salish Sea. Shown at the left: Arctic Thirst by Karen Hackenberg.



Smith & Vallee Gallery , 5742 Gilkey Avenue in Edison, features a large group invitational. “Sky” will focuses on the subject matter of the ever-changing sky of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition will capture each artists unique and fresh way of looking at the expansive sky and translating their elucidation on to canvas, paper, clay and whatever materials the find necessary to describe their interpretation. Exhibited through June 29, the show opens June 7 in a reception from 5-8pm.


Vala Art Center, located at 7303 164th Ave NE in the Redmond Town Center, introduces artist Gwen Zierdt’s textile artwork in a reception June 7 from 4:3-6:30pm. Zierdt is the center’s first artist in residence, and her work and various demonstrations will be on view through July.

First Saturday in May

brackenwoodBrackenwood Gallery,  302 First Street in Langley, presents “RELICS,”  a show featuring artists Rene Flynn Federspiel, Christine Nyburg Epstein, Zoë Osenbach and Sara Saltee.  Relic is a Latin word meaning remnants, vestiges, ruins or objects that have been left behind. This theme inspired the artists to ponder what relics meant to them personally in regard to their art. Whether timeless, familiar or a repurposed vestige of the past this exhibit brings “RELICSinto the moment for all  to view



Max Grover Gallery, 630 Water Street in Port Townsend, presents "Chroma," new work by Martha Worthley, with prints by guest artist Pilar McCracken in a collection she calls "Icon."



prographicaPrographica Gallery, 3419 East Denny Way in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, opens a reception for “Colors of Gray” from 2-4pm. The show is built on the formal assumption that grays are made of color and that color is fundamental to the visual understanding of the work. When an artist is working with subtle color relationships, in particular those that comprise the gray or “low end” of color, the nuanced distinctions are extremely important. Even very slight changes take on considerable importance.  Featured artists in the show are Hilary Brace, Ann Gale, Michael Howard, Amy Huddleston, and Jordan Wolfson. Shown at the left: Hilary Brace, Untitled.


simonmaceSimon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend, brings painters Suzanne DeCuir and Gordy Edberg back to the gallery through June 2. The two painters have a complimentary softness of line and a  colorful but muted palette, and enjoy examining their surroundings from unusual perspectives in a show called “Up, Down & All Around.”  Shown at the right: Road by Gordy Edberg.

Craig Rogers during April at the Max Grover Galley

The Max Grover Gallery in Port Townsend is showing the paintings of Craig Rogers for the month of April. His very personal depictions of his surroundings and images inspired through photos are the bases for this work. The show is a representation of the past decade of his creative life. Also on display will be 3 recently discovered lithographs for painter-printmaker Michael Knigin, (1942 – 2011). Between 1978 and 1982, Michael Knigen created a series of 50 paintings and prints inspired by the works of Japanese woodblock artists. The gallery will be open during the Port Townsend Art Walk April 5 from 5:30-8:30pm.

Wonder at the Simon Mace Gallery in Port Townsend

simonOn view through December 2 at the Simon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend, is “Wonder” featuring northwest painters Victor Sandblom and Zanetka Kralova Gawronski. Sandblom draws from the spirit of great art, (European Masters, Northwest Coastal Haida, and others) Sandblom paints by feel, crudely obliterating the idea’s genesis until it becomes inarticulate, mysterious and fully imaginative. Gawronski’s paintings have been shown internationally, garnering numerous awards. She currently teaches at Seattle Art Institute.

First Saturday around Puget Sound

October 5 Port Townsend  Gallery Walk marks the two year anniversary of the Max Grover Gallery, 630 Water Street,  and Sideshow Variety. The gallery will celebrate with new paintings by painter/illustrator Jesse Joshua Watson who lives in Port Townsend with his wife and sons and paints imagery that captures his imagination at the time.



simonmace“Wax On, Wax Off” opens at Simon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend during the Port Townsend Art Walk from. 5:30-8pm. Wax-loving artists, Jeane Myers and Lisa Kaser came together in a show with some interesting creations. Myers is a self-taught, intuitive painter. Through experimentation Jeane has developed her techniques. Considering the limited palette–just five colors–she achieves a startling array of color variations. Kaser, Portland sculptor and painter, works with fiber, textiles and found objects.  Using dried avocado and orange skins, oak galls, oyster and egg shells, and her own recycled felts, they’re held together with wax and armatures of salvaged street-sweeper tines. The show runs through October 29.



Smith & Vallee Gallery , 5742 Gilkey Avenue in Edison,  presents an exhibition of new  paintings by Edison local Todd Horton. With this new body of work Horton challenges traditional concepts of painting and pushes the physicality of the media.   His work involves landscape, wildlife, mystery, and chance sometimes all in the same composition. The artist’s reception is from 5-8pm.



waterwWaterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle in Friday Harbor opens “Elemental Senses,”  an exploration in painting & sculpture by two San Juan Island based artists, Dana Roberts and Matthew Gray Palmer.  Roberts, a painter in her early 60’s,  believes that painting is a conversation, a talking with the unknown.  Dana paints shapes colors and patterns which shift and jump off the canvas. Palmer, a self taught artist since the age of 6, believes in the wonders of the exploring matter/energy and transformations. Matthew’s unique perspective and vision allow his sculptures to appear organically grown, adding the juxtaposition of  time and space. The reception for the artists is from 4-7pm.

All kinds of characters at Simon Mace in Port Townsend

simonPop in to Simon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend, through September 30  for a riotous mixture of art including a throng of cavorting characters, creations of  the gallery’s September artists, Sara Swink, Alison O’Donoghue and Frank Renlie.

Ceramic sculptor, Sara Swink, creates mystifying human and animal forms coming out of internal exploration. Her work was featured in American Craft Magazine (December 2011-January 2012), in Wildlife Art Today (2013), and Humor in Craft (2011).

Portland contemporary folk artist, Alison O’Donoghue, tumbles her characters out into a world of circuitous antics, revealing complex narratives. ( and her work won "Best of Show" at Portland’s Art in the Pearl (2011).

Seattle painter, Frank Renlie, tweaks the funny bone with his zany twists on life.  He’s exhibited at Seattle Art Museum’s Northwest Annual Watercolor Exhibit, The Bellevue Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, and The Museum of History and Industry.

New shows opening August 3

brackenwoodBrackenwood Gallery, 302 First Street in Langley, continues with their July & August show "A Painter’s Summer in the Northwest"  with featured artists Pete Jordan, Susan Ogilvie and Ginny O’Neill. They will be open for the  Langley Art Walk and artists’ reception August 3 from 5-7 PM. The gallery is also hanging new work by Buffy Cribbs, Bruce Morrow, Yuka Zuver and Rich Frishman as well as showing some new figurative sculptures by Jeff Day for the August Opening. Shown at the right: Sunset at Deer Lagoon.



The work of Port Townsend ceramist Anne Hirondelle is on view through August 31 at the Max Grover Gallery, 630 Water Street in Port Townsend Her pieces are in myriad private and public collections including the White House Collection in the Clinton Library, The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Los Angeles County Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum. Her work is also currently included in the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s Inaugural exhibit, "First Light.”  Hirondelle was the recipient of an NEA fellowship for the visual arts in 1988. In 2004 she was a finalist for the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award. In 2009 her accomplishments where recognized by the Northwest Arts Community with the Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Achievement.



simonSimon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor in Port Townsend,  welcomes NW sculptor, David Eisenhour, for the month of August with a reception for the artist from 5:30-8pm during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk.  Eisenhour’s  sculptures emerge into bronze, elevating the microscopic pteropod, while echoing the universal spiral. Each pteropod in the series exhibits progressive signs of degradation. An evolutionary tale is spun, an omen of portent for Planet Earth. This series is informed by David’s study of ocean acidification and the effects on the flora and fauna. An exciting aspect of David’s work for this show is his use of microscopes to bring the invisible world of plankton to light in his sculptures. Nina Bednarsek, a NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, provided him  with images of pteropods, micro-scopic marine snails also known as sea butterflies.  Pteropods are a staple food for pink salmon here in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.



Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial in LaConner, opens their  new show "Nick Fennel: Wetscapes and Jeffrey Hanks: Vessels" in a reception from 5-8pm. The artists will be present for a festive reception  coinciding with La Conner’s monthly art walk.



Local Color, 1606 Pike Place, opens a group show from 6-8pm. Featured artists are Cheryl Waale, Helene Fine, Paul Butterfield and Dave Alton.



smithOn view through August 31 at  the Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Avenue in Edson, is new work by artists Lindsay Kohles and Jasmine Valandani in a focused, main room exhibition. The opening reception is from 5-8pm. Shown: Lindsay Kohles, North Pacific Potato Bug.

Port Townsend Art Walk new shows open 5:30-8:30pm July 6

Recent Max Grover collage paintings fill the main room while newcomer Hope Harrington’s photographs adorn the hall of the Max Grover Gallery, 630 Water Street,  for the month of July



simonmacePainters Jeff Weekley and Anna Magruder explore their fascination with people and their stories, real or imagined in an exhibit on view through July 29 at the Simon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor Street in Port Townsend.   This exhibit includes Jeff’s painting, “Girl with Books on Boat,” selected Best in Show at the 2013 “Venture” juried exhibition at Northwind Arts Center. Magruder’s paintings have appeared on the TV show, Portlandia, and she was interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat Oregon TV (click here to watch). Shown: No Trespassing by Jeff Weekley