Sunday, November 4, 2012


On our way traveling to the Lost and Found exhibit at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery on Bainbridge Island with my sister, Wendy and Shane Miller, artist friend and participant in this show, we stopped for a meal of soup and salad. When we arrived at the gallery we found it all a-buzz, filled with a sea of art enthusiasts from front to back. As we swam our way through the crowd some congratulations went to Shane for the sale of her large piece, If Found...Return to Icarus, pictured below. Next to the wing is a listing in the lost and found section of a Roman publication. This fun and clever lost listing is part of the charm of this If Found...Return to Icarus piece. There is a wonderful story from Greek Mythology about Icarus and his dad, Daedalus that this piece was inspired from.

Above is a quiet conversation between Karen Hackenberg, right, and Barbara Berger, friend/artist/author who has spent much of her career as a children's book writer and illustrator. The image that is visible at the left is a portion of one of Karen's large pieces. It is worth driving a distance to Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery in Winslow to see her skillfully rendered body of work and the rest of this Lost and Found exhibit.


This is another of my pieces, Where the Moon Goes To Recharge...Our moon has always fascinated me. She does her waxing thing coming around full circle every month shining so brightly and full then wanes to do the cycle all over again. It made me visualize her need for a recharge thus this fanciful piece came about.
I hope to achieve and post a more detailed photo to show a closer look at what the components are.


This piece above pretty much created itself as I wandered around my studio picking up various found objects...being that it did not really have a seed to start from other than it's own sense of birthing the title was slow to reveal itself, but once it did, after a little brainstorming session with Shane Miller, I came up with Ancient Future Species. The old electrical wiring I used in this piece has a wonderful copper mesh on the outside of it. By pulling the wire from inside the mesh it becomes easy to manipulate and in this case formed into plant like shapes...they look a bit other worldly and the rectangular shape pipe from which is sprouts gives a somewhat futuristic look to it... 

This piece below was fun to actualize utilizing an old thread spool, springs and other found objects...yes...had to do it...had to call it Spring Roll.


Shane Miller, me, Linda Jarvis and Ron Ho

The most highlighted moment from the opening for me was meeting and engaging in conversation with Ron Ho, Seattle's own. I have tagged him, The Legendary Master of Found Objects Art Jeweler. He is a delight and very willing to engage and talk story and laugh. The magnificent piece he is wearing is one he launched into the world years ago and sometime recently learned from the Bellevue Arts Museum that the person who originally bought it had been thinking of selling it. From that knowledge the opportunity came to him to purchase the piece back as he did not possess one of his own pieces. In this photo he proudly wears this piece, now his again....

In the above photo he explains about the elements as he points to his Lost and Found show piece, Tibtan Reliquary, pictured and described in my previous post. His work is so carefully and skillfully crafted and shows hours of thought-out design as he works with his treasured found elements and worldly artifacts.

If you have not had the opportunity to see Ron Ho's work in person be sure to get by Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery. This entire show is wonderful, full of many pieces created by 10 artists (listed in previous post) with various creative approaches using lost and found objects we have collected during our artistic journeys. 

Mr. Ho has a wonderful book/catalog, still available which was released in 2006, the second in a series of monographs published by Bellevue Arts Museum, shown above. Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room: The Jewelry of Ron Ho. This book traces the remarkable richness and diversity of the achievements of this talented Seattle-based artist.

The energy of the opening quieted down by the closing of the evening. This is me next to one of my pieces, The Allure of Reflected Light, a mirror with a raven being pulled by the reflected light on the wonderful collectables he would love to grab and gather, such as ravens and crows do. By the end of all the evening's inter-actions I was talked out and ready to head home...I look a bit weary in this shot, but all in all it was a very memorable gathering.

Thank you Susan, David, Victoria, Anne, Lynette, Wendy, Sara and the rest of the wonderful crew at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery. You all work so diligently to accomadate and represent us. It is much appreciated.

Well I guess I can't close without mentioning A Brush With Fate even though it was mentioned in my previous post which you can read about there.


Remember you can enlarge the images by clicking on the photos.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Yesterday, my fellow artist friend, Shane Miller, and I delivered our work to Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery in Winslow for the upcoming show LOST AND FOUND: ASSEMBLAGE. It will open Friday, Nov. 2nd with an artist reception, 6pm-8pm. It runs through Dec 3rd. Stop by if you are in the area. 

We caught up with another fellow artist friend from our neck of the woods, Karen Hackenberg, who is also part of the show while she was delivering her work to the gallery. Her incredibly executed paintings focus on discarded mass produced items that are found littering the edges, cracks and seams of our natural world. Many items were found along the edge of beaches here in the Pacific Northwest. As well as her paintings she has a few assemblages using found objects.

Linda Jarvis
One of the pieces I submitted to the show, pictured above, to my delight became the poster child for promoting this LOST AND FOUND exhibit having been used in several forms of advertising, for instance CURRENTS, a Bainbridge Island seasonal cultural quarterly & events calendar, which is a publication of Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. Thank you Victoria! (Victoria Josslin is the Director of Public Information at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. She is an art historian and the founder of Artdish, an online discussion of Northwest art. Victoria's articles have been published in the Seattle P-I, Aorta, Art Access, and currently in Glass Quarterly - available at the Bainbridge Public Library.) If you want to view this CURRENT issue click on the link above then on the FALL 2012 issue and view as a PDF.

The show artists participating besides myself are Linda Castello, Bil Fleming, Chris Giffin, Karen Hackenberg, Nancy Hewitt, Shane Miller, Mark Osborn, Deborah Peek and the legendary master of found objects art jeweler, Ron Ho. We got a sneak peek at his beautiful new piece that he created with some old Tibetan keys, an earplug from Mexico or Central America, beads and his handcrafted silver elements. He is quite a well known jeweler here in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He was a student of Ramona Solberg and it is easy to see her influence in his work even though his style is his own. It is a  privilege to be showing with him. We are hoping he will be present at the opening Friday night (tomorrow)...he is in his mid 70's. 

Ron Ho 

More later...

Sunday, October 21, 2012


This 4th year of showcasing our work within and to our community has proven to be our best ever. Each year we create a whole new ambiance within GreyBird Barn with our mix of great work.
The weather was kind to us with only a couple of light passing
sprinkles and a bit of wind that played a bit with our canopy.
The many visitors were steady throughout both days. Thanks to all who were able to get by to witness this years wonderful gathering. And thanks again to Megan Claflin, Arts Editor at the PT Leader and Jenny Westdal, freelance contributing journalist for the enticing article that drew many guests.
Here are a few photos documenting the event.

GreyBird Barn early Sat. morning pre-setup
Wendy, my sister, our elfin helper setting up for treats (Made by our dear friend Carrie) and hot apple cider.
GreyBird Barn awaiting the crowds
Me, Linda, in a meditative moment waiting for the visiting art appreciaters
Me again, standing ready for action in front of my space
Diane, in red, at her display, Lynn at right welcoming visitors

Lynn, helping customers at her jewelry and clock display
Ari, our dedicated master of parking our guests and partner to Carrie.
Donna, in purple, chatting with onlooker
Donna at right assisting customer
Me and Diana (at her display) enjoying a quiet moment before next rush of customers
Diana @ left with her colorful pottery. Shane talking with fellow artist, Kate Snow
Inquisitive visitors with Shane's work at the back
Me with customers
A view of Diana's wonderful & colorful garden Bean Stalks
Shane and Diana and visitor - Shane's etched metal narrative boxes in background
Diane with her wood-fired creations

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Before I elaborate about how wonderful an event we had this last weekend at GreyBird Barn, which will be my next post, I want to first give a couple of big thank yous to Megan Claflin, PT Leader Arts Editor and Jenny Westdal, freelance contributor who wrote a terrific article on our 4th Annual Open Studio showcase featuring 6 artists this year. Megan gave us generous space on the front page of This Week, section B which continued on the back page with equal space. The article was accompanied by four full color images. Thank you Megan!!!

Jenny spent considerable time interviewing each of us then expanded on our backgrounds and approaches to our work within. Thank you both so very much! The coverage was so appreciated!

Below is the scanned article from the PT Leader followed by the text from the online version for easy reading. The images chosen for use are: "Before Catch and Release" by Shane Miller, "Three Sentinels" by Diane Gale, Triptych of Three Wrens each individually titled..."First Ascent", "Time to Fly", "The Calling" by Linda Jarvis, "Fish Blimps" [detail] by Donna Snow.

Artists' community gathers at GreyBird Barn


By Jenny Westdal Contributor

Under a canopy of Douglas firs, artists, their families and friends are transforming the GreyBird Barn, draping lights and banners in preparation for this weekend’s fourth annual studio sale. Hay bales out front offer cozy seats for reminiscing over mugs of hot cider, pumpkin bars and cookies.

Homeowner Shane Miller’s 1952 Farmall Cub tractor and 1952 Dodge pickup truck rest in the yard, ready to be explored by the children.

All of the participants agree that “fun” is the event’s main focus, as well as emitting some positive “energy.”

“It feels like a party with lots of friends stopping by,” said featured artist Diane Gale. “People hang out, like at a big family gathering.”

Taking place on Oct. 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the GreyBird Barn, 11 Carroll Ave., in Glen Cove Industrial Park, the studio sale is sure to celebrate the changing of the season, the artists themselves and the community in which they thrive, said Miller.

The idea for a collaborative studio sale originated with Miller and Linda Jarvis, a friend and fellow artist, four years ago. After the first event drew more than 300 visitors, the pair deemed the event a success and vowed to turn it into a yearly affair.

On Saturday, the familiar faces of Gale, Jarvis and Miller are going to be joined by those of newcomers Diana Cronin, a potter; Lynn Anju, a metalworker; and mixed-media artist Donna Snow.

Scaling down

First to greet visitors arriving at GreyBird is a life-size,steel garden sculpture featuring a bear, a woman and a man dancing together. An alligator holding the mailbox comes next. These creations are examples of Miller’s early works. More recently, she has scaled down and  is focusing on making smaller, more delicate and detailed pieces.

Combining her skill for etching on metal (an electrolytic process that uses a car-battery charger and a saltwater bath) with her attraction to vintage photographs, Miller creates jewelry and narrative boxes embellished with images that evoke memories and reference myths, she said.

Depth, shadow

Linda Jarvis’ mixed-media paintings, assemblages and sculptures generally include elements of nature and exquisitely rendered wildlife. Her work has been displayed at venues throughout Port Townsend for many years. She said she’ll often cut out different figures and raise them in the frame, sometimes extending the shape of the animal beyond the borders, to create shadows and add depth to her work.

“I like to tell a story with a touch of humor, but also convey my reverence for animals,” Jarvis said.

Kiln community

Diane Gale, a potter, utilizes wood-fire and gas kilns, introducing soda ash or salt during the firing to create a unique glaze and enhance the surface of her creations.

“A wood-fire kiln is unique for a couple of reasons. First of all, it requires people to watch the coal bed and load wood into the kiln 24 hours a day until the firing is complete,” Gale said. “Secondly, the ash from the wood is the glaze. Those green drips on the pots you see are the pine ash that got so heavy, it actually turned to glass.”

A firing may take anywhere from two to nine days, so the process creates a community, she said. “Who’s bringing dinner can become very important.”

Five pots a day

Whereas Gale’s pottery is primal and substantial, forged of mud and fire, potter Diana Cronin’s work is light and brightly colored. Her pieces are porcelain covered with simple patterns in vivid colors.

Originally drawn to photography and printmaking, Cronin found that her artistic propensity changed after three events occurred simultaneously: finding a 1970s ranch house in need of improvements, discovering a book on handmade ceramic tiles and reading an ad for a small kiln in the newspaper.

Cronin bought the kiln, but quickly realized that she knew nothing about its operation, so she started taking classes at the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery and kept an eye out for workshops.

“The way you learn to make pots is by doing it, so I made five a day,” she said.

A full-time potter for more than 14 years now, Cronin owns and operates Egg and I Pottery in Chimacum. And, yes, she did remodel her  bathroom with beautiful, handmade tiles.

Medieval inspiration

Lynn Anju worked as a ceramic artist for 12 years until a fascination with surface design led her to become a graphic artist. This path prompted her to learn metal etching as it combines both surface design and texturing.

Anju has been working in this medium for 10 years now, making jewelry, switch plates, lampshades and clocks – all of which feature etched metal. Her inspirations come from the natural world, medieval European tapestries and armor.

Asian aesthetics

Friends of Miller and Jarvis for many years, Donna Snow and her husband are frequent visitors to the GreyBird Barn and regularly attend the annual sale – a social gathering that both greatly enjoy. So, when Snow discovered that there was room for one more artist this year, she happily joined in.

An artist her entire life, Snow has been working solely on collage and mixed-media pieces for the last 10 years. She said that she is drawn to Asian aesthetic themes, which are expressed in her collages.

Her piece titled “Lute Boy” depicts a kimono-clad youth playing a lute surrounded by large flowers. The colors are bright but soft, similar to drawing styles found in Japanese block prints.

At the studio sale, she’ll be offering small cards and prints, miniature collages and some larger pieces.

To find GreyBird Barn, drive south on Highway 20 out of Port Townsend, past Jacob Miller Road, turn left on Frederick Street, turn left on Otto Street and keep an eye out for Miller’s sculptures. Admission is free.

For more information about the sale or participating artists, call 379-5421 or visit Miller’s blog at

Jenny Westdal has been a resident of Port Townsend since 1982. She enjoys cruising around in her vintage MG TD, snooping out art news.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


      It is less than 2 weeks till our 4th ANNUAL STUDIO SALE at GREYBIRD BARN. It's happening Oct. 13th & 14th. The previous 3 years this studio event has taken place near the summer solstice, but this year we wanted to celebrate fall. This colorful time of year provides brisk air, the beautiful autumnal colors, ripe apples, and the fellowship and team-spirit of our group of artists gathering again to create an intimate gallery setting under the rafters of GreyBird Barn.

This year we are 6 artists. They include:
Shane Miller, Diane Gale, me, Linda Jarvis, Diana Cronin, Lynn Anju, and Donna Snow. (Our images above appear in this order L to R each row). Plus our dear yearly elfin helper, my sister, Wendy, will be with us to assist in any way. We are so grateful for her energetic offerings.

Lucky us, our dear friend, Carrie, is baking for us again and this year she is making pumpkin bars (yum-yum) and we will have hot apple cider for sipping as you wander through the barn to see our inspired works of art. We are all hoping you can come see us at this years event. Whether you are coming from afar or nearby be sure to watch for our signage on highway 20.   S E E    Y O U   T H E N ! ! !

Remember to click on the above images for larger versions. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


This spring and start of summer has been a most enlightening one for me while observing various bird cams on-line, watching as they nest, lay eggs, feed hatchlings, and anticipating the moments the youngsters fledge. The learning experience has been expansive as my visual and audial awareness has been heightened. While on walks I hear and see so much more now and look to see who is making a particular sound. This led me to reflect on my observations of how some birds find benefit in situations where they are most likely not welcomed, like for instance, at a picnic.

When I think of picnics I envision of a peaceful or playful time sharing a meal outdoors from a basket packed with scrumptious food or a boxed lunch eaten perhaps on a blanket in a meadow, in a park or on a sandy beach, or that cookout barbecue with family and friends. But what about those uninvited guests who take advantage of a stealing moment by way of an enticing spread of food? This notion presented all sorts of visions of picnics, picnickers and the unasked which, of course, lead me to imagine the scenario for this piece, Pick Nick. I have heard a picture can convey a thousand words.

(For those of you who might not be familiar with this use of the word Nick in this setting... Nick = nick someone - to cheat or steal from someone). Alas, Raven made off with someone's delectable dessert efforts.

Pick Nick was painted on a heavy, acid-free vellum with acrylic paint and colored pencil and was created for a group show, PICNIC, that opens Friday, July 6th, 2012 at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery in Winslow, Bainbridge Island, WA. Visit their web-site to learn more about the gallery, this show, who is participating and how to get there. Thanks for your continued support. I hope to see you there.

Approx. size of Pick Nick is 21" X 21" framed. Remember to click on the image to enlarge.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012




This piece was photographed prior to it's completion, so if you are looking closely, it may strike you as having an incomplete look to it. I started with a sketch of a red fox on heavy weight, acid-free vellum, then came in with various washes, then moved forward painting layers upon layers of acrylic paint and colored pencil to capture the essence of the fox's fur.  A second piece of vellum was adhered to the painting to create more rigidity. Once adhered I used a sharp X-acto knife to cut out the fox. I put spacers between the background and the glass. The fox image sits between two narrower spacer at the bottom so it "floats" within the 1" deep frame, away from the background. The moon is a found object that has a dark, mottled, textured color to it.

In BEWITCHED BY THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, the fox appears mesmerized by the mystery and magic of the shadowy, darker side of the moon which we, from time to time, get to witness but perhaps not as full as depicted. It measures 8" X 10".

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This piece, MOONLIT REPOSE, is again of a red fox having a still, quiet moment under the fullness of the moon, which is thick, heavy, pulpy paper that I painted to resemble the moon's surface. It measures 10" X 10".

You may have noticed in the previous posts that I have been using cradle boards/artist panels (a wood panel with sides that can be 1/8th inch deep to 2 inches deep). I have been experimenting to see if this is a surface I want to pursue indefinitely or occasionally...we shall see.

Remember to click on the image to enlarge it. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012


The Nature of Things opened with a good steady crowd to the very end of the evening. Along with the interested public, many friends and family members attended to support the artists so it was a wonderful time for talking art, techniques, and simply catching up.

The show is beautiful with many thanks going to  Jay Haskins, print-maker and Northwinds Arts Center's gallery manager, whose eye for placement and grouping of artists' work as he hangs a show is exceptional (hanging help from Don Tiller. It is one of his paintings that graces the front of the Northwind Arts Gallery - see photo).

Our work goes very well together so it flows with a nice continuity to it. The four of us all have an affinity and reverence for the natural and mysterious. You will notice that crows, ravens, various other birds, dogs, and other wonderful animals appear in our work in various scenarios evoking emotion and laughter.

The two pieces I posted previously on March 12th, Looking For a Place to Call Home, and March 24th, Seeking Reflection, sold the day before so it opened up and moved the energy to generate more sales for me, Rae, Ellen and Kathleen. Ellen Reichart sold 2 pieces opening night. We're holding visions of more red dots for Kathleen Snow and Rae Belkin and all of us for that matter. We all worked diligently to make this show as beautiful as it is.

If you are in the area I hope you can get by the gallery. For more info on the Northwind Arts Center click here.

Thanks to all who came out to see the show Saturday during the opening and throughout the duration of the show...May 4 through 27, 2012.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


It always seems that when time is running short that imminent deadline rushes up and starts circling around me. But considering the limitations I am faced with I have made some studio time to get some new work done...two of which you can see in my last two previous posts.
The first weekend in May will be the opening of THE NATURE OF THINGS at Northwind Art Center in Port Townsend, WA. If you are in the area stop by for the opening on May 5th or sometime during the weeks this show will hang...May 4-27. I am delighted to show once again with these three talented artists, Rae Belkin, Ellen Reichart and Kathleen Snow (our wonderful curator). This is the second showing of our work together and the previous one in 2010 was very well received so our hope is to dazzle the viewers again this time around.
I hope to see you there.
Return here for another visit again soon to see more new works.

What follows is the press release for The Nature Of Things...

The Nature of Things

Northwind Arts Center presents The Nature of Things, showcasing the work of four Northwest artists who draw their inspiration from their relationship to the world around them. Rae Belkin, Linda Jarvis, Ellen Reichart and Kathleen Snow work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, assemblage and printmaking. Their unique works range from the poetic to the humorous. The show runs from May 4 through May 27, 2012 at Northwind Arts Center, 2409 W. Jefferson St., Port Townsend WA

Rae Belkin grew up is Minneapolis, Minnesota, looking forward to the Walter Foster drawing books she would receive as gifts from an aunt.  She has painted (for over 35 years) subjects as diverse as portraits to landscapes to chickens. A journey which started from art books, continued as an art major in college, led to her currently creating art using mixed media.  From once capturing a moment in time with a photo-realistic approach, she now captures thoughts and concepts with a unique style incorporating handmade papers, paint, ink, and acrylic mediums on canvas and paper.  Her work is held in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe.  Rae has also participated in many invitational exhibitions and garnered numerous awards.

For “The Nature of Things”, Rae is continuing the theme of birds (mostly crows) in unusual landscapes.  She likes the idea that they have other perches besides the ordinary tree.  Just to liven things up a bit, she has also added to the mix a surprise appearance of a rabbit and some geckos.

Linda Jarvis lives in a woodsy, rural area, drawing her inspiration from nature. “As an artist I have felt a personal responsibility to relay some sort of emotion by way of my work. My hope throughout my career has been to trigger an elemental awareness to our natural world, the delicate stability of our environment and the wildlife that live within,” she states. “It is this sense of interconnectedness that moves me to create work from observations of our natural surroundings.” Her fascination with animals, their interactions with each other, even with humans, their personal idiosyncrasies bring both beauty and humor to her painting, assemblage and sculpture. She works in mixed media, using acrylic, pastel, graphite and colored pencils, and gives new life to various collected found elements.

“I relish the opportunity to witness someone truly being pulled in, transfixed by a piece that perhaps portrays a crow manipulating an object in some way that bears witness to it’s amazing intelligence or, in a dream, the ability to grow wings and fly with avian creatures. If I’ve aroused laughter or thoughtfulness I sense I have touched their center to pause in their imagination for just a moment.”

Ellen Reichart is a painter and printmaker whose inspiration comes from her reverence for nature, the impact of relationships, universal patterns that connect, and the constantly changing nuances and light patterns of the Pacific Northwest.  Reichart works from memory and allows experimentation and dream images to guide her during the printmaking process.  She enjoys the surprise each time she pulls the paper from the plate and a reversed image emerges.  Though most her prints are monotypes, ( one time prints),  she will often run the same paper through the press numerous times, adding or removing inks and shapes from the plate to create movement and texture.  The artist is drawn to the challenge of merging inner and outer worlds.  Her works are often described as haunting.  

Kathleen Snow had worked in multiple media from fiber to polymer to painting, but her 30 year fascination with printmaking is her primary passion. “The endless variety of techniques from etching and lithograph to monoprints and relief printing provide constant challenge and stimulation.” Snow draws on inspiration from the life and landscape around her, images and forms evolving from realistic to abstract. Her current work reflects her continuing relationship to her neighborhood crows, cycles of growth, and her recent travels to Central America.

There will be an artist’s reception at Gallery Walk, Saturday May 5, from 5:30- 8:00 pm. The artists will give a talk on Sunday, May 6, at 1:00 pm at the Arts Center. Northwind is open Thursday through Monday, noon to 5PM.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


I think, at one time or I would hope many others, we seek to reflect on ourselves, our lives, our paths, our deeds. I also sense the changing of seasons brings on this meditative, contemplative state for pondering our lives, especially spring with the rebirth of our natural world in so many dimensions.

In this piece, SEEKING REFLECTION, another small one, I depict a bird studying its own likeness in the still waters. As I write this, in retrospect, perhaps a stronger narrative would have been disrupted waters where it can be more difficult to reflect.

I brought in more reflective elements with the use of dental mirrors. I rendered the finished image with acrylic paint and colored pencil. The overall measurement of this piece is about 6" X 3".

Remember to click on the photo for a larger image.

Monday, March 12, 2012


I am astonished at how much time has lapsed since I last posted. To those of you who have come again and again to take a look at what might be new, I apologize for the absence of more recent content. Circumstances keep my studio hours pretty scattered, but I am working to get a new body of work together for a show in May at Northwinds Art Center in Port Townsend, WA. The deadline is creeping up on me fast and swift.

This is one of the new pieces I am working on. It is small...the cradle board is 3 X 4. It is painted in acrylic and colored pencil and the copper is the outside casing over old electrical wire I manipulated into cylindrical cone-like shapes as finials with the tops flared open
and a mock nest. I may title it LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO CALL HOME which was suggested to me while brainstorming for titles...or MOVING DAY or... This task still persists...