I woke up yesterday morning, with the usual feeling of dread before a big event, “can’t I just stay in bed? Will anyone notice if I don’t show up?”
But I roused myself and I’m so glad I did. It was a little bit of a slow start, but by early afternoon, there was a steady stream of people heading down into the garden. Flanking the path into the garden are several sculptures by Sharon Spencer.
As you head down the steps, a carved granite column by Sue Taves greets you along with more of her massive stone pieces. Makes me glad to be a painter, since I don’t need a forklift or strong young men to help move my work. Continue through the garden to see more of Sue and Sharon’s works, as well as the whimsical constructions of Dan Freeman.
One of the things I’m most happy about this weekend, is the return (temporary, darn it!) to the island of painter and printmaker Gail Gwinn, who moved to Waitsburg in eastern Washington two years ago. Gail is one of my favorite artists with a wry sense of humor and an eye for fine detail.
In addition to her etchings, Gail brought a few of her black and white watercolors, as well as some small acrylic paintings. If a black and white watercolor seems like a dull proposition, I can assure you they are anything but! Her process for these paintings starts with creating an abstract collage from photos she finds in catalogs and magazines.
She then constructs a narrative out of these unrelated images, and the collage becomes a study for a painting. They are realistic, finely detailed, and hauntingly beautiful. Her website is currently um…under construction, but you can be sure as soon as it is done, I will write about it here.
If you are out and about on Whidbey Island, or anywhere near here, come on down to Froggwell garden and say hello to Gail and the rest of us.
Froggwell garden is at 5508 Double Bluff Road in Freeland WA, just off of Highway 525.