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.