A Rising Tide

They say that a rising tide floats all boats. You can take that any number of ways, but I’m using it in the sense that when a thriving community of artists and galleries are joined by another gallery of high caliber, it’s good for all the artists (and galleries).

The Froggwell Cultural Institute is proud to be a member of the art community here on Whidbey Island. Shows happen here once (or maybe twice, as in this year) a year and we have had a very gratifying response from art lovers both from the Island, as well as from communities on the mainland.

But artists can’t live on the proceeds of one show a year, and so the support of our local galleries is crucial to artists and it is important that they thrive too. I’ve been exhibiting my work at The Rob Schouten Gallery since around 2010. One of the qualities I cherish about this gallery is that they are so supportive of their artists. Being a painter himself, Rob knows about the stresses on an artist, and the economics of trying to make a living as a working artist.

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Recently, the ground floor space in the building shown above became available, and what with the uncertainty created by the management (or lack there of) at the Greenbank Farm, Rob and his wife and business partner, Victory, decided that it was time to make the move to Langley.

There were many good reasons to locate at the Greenbank Farm, when they first opened the gallery. Rob already had a studio there, and it was a short commute from their home. There was also a lot of energy being expended on making the farm a destination on central Whidbey. The gallery opened right before the economy went off the cliff in 2008, and the fact that they not only survived, but thrived is a testament to their vision and dedication. But with the changes in management at the farm, and the availability of this iconic building in the heart of Langley, there was no time like now to make this change.

It’s no easy thing to move a business, and there are renovations that need to be done, so that the space is as inviting and beautifully lit and appointed as their space at the farm is. To this end, they have initiated a GoFundMe campaign to raise some of the funds needed to complete the renovations. You can read all about it here. If you are able to help, I hope you will do so. Please feel free to share this post, and thank you for being a fan of art on the island, and at Froggwell Garden.

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Spring Has Arrived at Froggwell Garden

The frogs are roaring. Osprey and swallows have been sighted and the rhododendrons are starting to bloom. You know what that means! Time to wake up the blog from its winter slumber and get back to thinking about art and gardens.

the house at Froggwell Garden

The garden is waiting…..

There will be three opportunities to visit Froggwell Garden this year, two of them involve  artwork other than (but including) the garden.

The first of these arrives on Memorial Day Weekend, when three landscape painters stage their Fresh Landscapes Exhibition. Painters Rebecca Collins, Alicia Elliot, and Teresa Saia take center stage with a wonderful collection of new works (all available for purchase, of course!) May 26-29, 2017. We’ll have more information as well as images of some of the paintings soon.

This is a time when the garden is not usually open to the public, and a chance to see things that aren’t in bloom during the usual art show time in August. Things like tree peonies! Huzzah!

entrance to Froggwell

Through this passage, lies magic….

Hard on the heels of the Fresh Landscape show, comes the Whidbey Island Garden Tour on Saturday June 17th. This is a great opportunity to see yet another phase of the garden, along with some other wonderful gardens on Whidbey Island.

Last, but hardly least, another Forgers at Froggwell comes your way August 4th, 5th, and 6th. Is a trip to the Louvre out of your budget’s limits this year? We have about 30 artists participating in this year’s show! Why go to Europe and contemplate art theft when you can have an excellent replica for a mere fraction of what your bail would be?

Frohwerk, sargent

Reading, after John Singer Sargent, by Jennifer Frohwerk.

And who wouldn’t want a Sargent?

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Sortie de L’Eglise, Campo San Canciano, after John Singer Sargent, by Anne Belov

Well, that’s all for now, but stay tuned. I’ll be back every week or so, with more news about the artists that show at Froggwell, art on Whidbey Island, and anything else that pops into my head!

In the meantime, hop over to the Rob Schouten Gallery’s GoFundMe project page, to learn about this beloved gallery’s impending move to Langley from Greenbank Farm!

It’s spring!
Go Outside.

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The Show is Over

The dust has settled, the resident paintings are back on the walls, and calm descends over Froggwell Garden once again.

I am going to try very hard not to let the blog go dark for…um…ten months of the year between shows. Just give me a week or two to recover, and then I will bring you updates of news of the artists of Froggwell. Till then, have a cool drink and enjoy the last weeks of summer.

Wiley coyote; photo Anne Belov

It’s the “Dog Days” Isn’t it? Wiley coyote; photo Anne Belov

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Let’s see…what was it I’m doing tomorrow?

I am having one fairly quiet day of mostly rest. There have been a few things I’ve had to take care of, but I slept in, went outside for a while, and generally relaxed today.

Tomorrow, that is all over. Tomorrow is opening day, not only of the Froggwell Biennale, but also my show at The Rob Schouten Gallery. I hope, if you are in the area, you can make it to both shows.

Till you walk through the gates of the garden, here is a little bit of what you will get to see in the house. Tomorrow, I will have a chance to photograph the sculptures, once their protective wrappings are removed.

Walking toward the living room...

Walking toward the living room…

A cat and some birds...

A cat and some birds…

Teresa Saia, making the most of island views...

Teresa Saia, making the most of island views…

Who is unsteady?

Who is unsteady?

Some of my work in the entry hall...

Some of my work in the entry hall…

All right then! see you there!

The Froggwell Biennale ( TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10 AM to 5PM
August 5th, 6th, & 7th.
At the Legendary Froggwell Garden
5508 Double Bluff Road
Freeland WA

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The storm before the calm (before the storm)

Come Friday morning, all paintings and prints and sculptures will be in place. The handmade books will be carefully arranged, the sculptures arranged tastefully through the garden.

But right now? Not so much.

art stacked every where...where will everything go?

art stacked every where…where will everything go?

Before everything finds its perfect place, it is laboriously maneuvered into position by one or more people, especially, the big stuff.

Sue Taves and an assistant moving some sculptures into place.

Sue Taves and an assistant moving some sculptures into place.

Is that where that is supposed to go?

Is that where that is supposed to go? My head hurts.

Setting up a staging area....

Setting up a staging area….

It sure would be nice is the ground was level...

It sure would be nice is the ground was level…

Two more days to get everything into place, and then it’s show time!

The Froggwell Biennale (now less than 3 days away!)

Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10 AM to 5PM
August 5th, 6th, & 7th.
At the Legendary Froggwell Garden
5508 Double Bluff Road
Freeland WA

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The Froggwell Biennale is Almost Here!

I spent today receiving work for the show, putting a few things here and there, but mostly beginning to get organized.

But first…we have one more:

Artist Spotlight: Sue Taves

I can’t remember which year Sue first started showing with us. I only know that her beautiful sculptures and sunny attitude have been a joy to have as part of our biannual show.

Sue Taves, sculpture.

Sue Taves, sculpture.

Website: https://suetavessculpture.com

Sue at work

Sue at work

I believe that when we open ourselves to art and it touches us, we get a spark, something indefinable, from the experience.  This connection that happens is the reason I keep creating sculpture.  Getting to carve and live on Whidbey Island just makes a good thing even better!

When carving, I try to capture the natural essence of the stone in the choice of my design and to discover cohesive forms that use shape and texture to translate feelings, create moods and invite people to be drawn in.  Each piece gradually takes on a life of it’s own through the stone-carving process, sometimes revealing itself early, and other times not until the final polish.  Each work develops it’s own personality and helps create it’s own story.” (Link)

Sue Taves, sculpture

Sue Taves, sculpture

(apologies for not having the title of these works!)

In addition to Sue’s life as a working artist, she is also the brains, heart and driving force behind Whidbey Life Magazine, and online and print magazine of arts and culture on Whidbey Island. It is the place to go to find out more about this incredible place we live in, and the people who live here who are doing all kinds of stuff, including this show!!!!

Here are some of the photos of the present chaos which will soon be a magnificent sight to behold:

tiny painting by Gail Gwinn, laid out on the table awaiting their wall location.

tiny painting by Gail Gwinn, laid out on the table awaiting their wall location.

So much work...where to put it all????

So much work…where to put it all????

and wait! there's more!

and wait! there’s more!

Don’t forget! See you Friday!

The Froggwell Biennale (now less than 5 days away!)

Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10 AM to 5PM
August 5th, 6th, & 7th.
At the Legendary Froggwell Garden
5508 Double Bluff Road
Freeland WA

 

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Artist Spotlight: Buffy Cribbs

We welcome Buffy Cribbs to this year’s Froggwell Biennale. Interesting to note, not only is she a talented artist,  (she comes from a creative dynasty: the Cribbs family, full of artists, musicians, and filmmakers) but she went and founded her own art dynasty with husband Bruce Morrow and daughter Briony Morrow-Cribbs. (all represented in this year’s show. Here’s what she has to say about the work she will be exhibiting this year.

Oh SUN, and What a Relief!

Buffy Cribbs/ Organic/ solar plate etching

Buffy Cribbs/ Organic/ relief plate

 So far the Whidbey this summer has been just purrfect for the moderately minded folk who like things not too hot, and not too cool, not too wet and not too dry. That’s me in a nutshell.

Buffy Cribbs/ Double Bluff/ Solar plate etching

Buffy Cribbs/ Double Bluff/ Solar plate etching

I’ve been experimenting with a new (to me) product called “Solar Plate” which employs photo based technology in the making of a plate for printing. There are some very big plusses to using solar plates; among them are, the fact that you can opt to expose your plate as either relief or intaglio, AND the process is virtually free of any nasty chemicals, while being relatively quick and easy. A person can approach the plate photographically, or as an etching / aqua tint, also as freehand drawing and painting (think litho) or even using scratch board.

Buffy Cribbs/ Flying Fish/ Solar plate etching

Buffy Cribbs/ Flying Fish/ Solar plate etching

I’ve also carved a few relief plates, and am experimenting with different color backgrounds. Who knows what will happen between now and the first weekend in August?

Buffy Cribbs/ Getting it Together/ Solar plate etching

Buffy Cribbs/ Getting it Together/ relief plate

BRING ON THE BIENNALE!

Buffy Cribbs/ Western Mountain/ Solar plate etching

Buffy Cribbs/ Western Mountain/ Solar plate etching

(And in case you missed it the first time…) Bring on the Biennale!

Buffy Cribbs/ Monkey Dangle/ Solar plate etching

Buffy Cribbs/ Monkey Dangle/ Solar plate etching

Buffy Cribbs

The Froggwell Biennale (now less than weeks away!)

Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10 AM to 5PM
August 5th, 6th, & 7th.
At the Legendary Froggwell Garden
5508 Double Bluff Road
Freeland WA

We will have some of the plates and tools of the printmaking trade, including Gail’s incredibly adorable tiny etching press, and several people will be doing some print demos throughout the weekend.

See you there!

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