The Froggwell Cultural Institute presents…

I just got word that there will be a special treat at the Froggwell Fresh landscapes show on Friday afternoon, May 26th 2017…

Alicia Elliott also writes music and plays in a band called “The Secrets” and will be playing with David Licastro, a well known musician and teacher at WIMI, also in the band, from 2:30-4pm on Friday. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have the right file type to post a sample here, but I can assure you that if you plan to come to the garden on Friday afternoon, you definitely will not be disappointed.

Meanwhile, it is exhibition eve, and here are some photos of the show before it opens. Sorry about the quality of the photos. It does not do the art justice. I will try to get some photos during the weekend and post them here.

Two paintings by Alicia Elliott

On the left by Alicia Elliott, and on the right by Teresa Saia

That’s a lot of art in one corner! Large painting by Rebecca Collins. You better come see it, It’s spectacular in person!

Hope to see you tomorrow at Froggwell!

Froggwell Garden is located at 5508 Double Bluff Road, in Freeland WA, on Whidbey Island.

 

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For the Freshest Landscapes…

…you can’t do any better than to visit Froggwell Garden this weekend!

Fresh Landscapes on Memorial Day Weekend

Teresa Saia /Evenings Waning Light/Pastel

Spend an hour touring the beautiful private home and landscaping of Froggwell Gardens and an exhibition of new landscape paintings by three local artists: Teresa Saia, Rebecca Collins and Alicia Elliott.

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Teresa Saia’s work encompasses the mediums of oil, pastel and watercolor. Known for a fluid, direct style, she captures the attention of many collectors with her expressive use of radiant and rich color. Her paintings explore the worlds she has discovered in her many travels abroad each year, as well as the beauty she finds in the pacific northwest and her home on Whidbey Island.

Teresa Saia/ Lagoon By Moonlight /Pastel

Rebecca Collins is showing new paintings inspired by five months of sailing through British Columbia and Alaska in 2016. Inspired by endless sky and sea, mountains carved by ancient glaciers, these new works will take you along the journey.

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Alicia Elliott has created a new series based on her passion surrounding trees in the landscape, mostly from her local environment on Whidbey Island. Her work is primarily in oil and impressionistic in style and continually strives to bring to her surface the emotion that inspires her.

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Froggwell Gardens is located at 5508 Double Bluff Road, Freeland. The exhibition is open 10am – 5pm, May 26, 27, 28 and 29. Call Rebecca at 360-331-2306 for additional information.

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Fresh Landscapes are Almost Here!

The Fresh Landscapes at Froggwell Show is less than a week away! If you are on Whidbey Island or close enough to make a day trip, you owe it to yourself to visit Frogggwell Garden next weekend.

Mother Tree by Alicia Elliot

Anthropeda 16X20 Oil on panel Alicia Elliot

Her Majesty Of Coles Rd
Alicia Elliot

 

Alicia has been inspired to focus on trees in this new series, their human-like forms presented in Nature and saved as impressions in oil paint. In the planning stages, she came across these words in the poem “Initiation” by Rainer Maria Rilke:

“Lift thine eyes slowly to the great dark tree
That stands against heaven, solitary, tall,
And thou hast visioned Life, its meanings rise
Like words that in the silence clearer grow…”

 

Later this week we’ll share some painting by Teresa Saia and another painting by Rebecca Collins.

The Fresh landscapes show runs from Friday May 26th through Monday May 29th, 10 AM till 5 PM each day!

 

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Fresh landscapes are coming soon

Not even two weeks remain until the Fresh Landscapes show at Froggwell opens on May 26th, running for four whole days! Today, lets look at some of the paintings that Rebecca Collins will be showing.

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Big Rock; oil pastel by Rebecca Collins

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Kasaan Totem 1; Oil Pastel by Rebecca Collins

The garden has been in full tilt rhododendron boogie these past weeks, and while many of them will be gone in two weeks, I saw the first of the tree peonies starting to open this morning. Besides all the colorful paintings on display inside the house, you might be lucky enough to see the beginnings of peony season.

Huzzah!

More to come soon!

 

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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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