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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Artist Spotlight: Gail Gwinn

We are thrilled to have Gail Gwinn return to Whidbey for this year’s show. She has been busy getting moved in to her sister’s new art space in Waitsburg, which is on the other side of the mountains from here.

The grand opening of 10 Ton Press was written up in the Waitsburg/ Dayton Times and I think it will be a big draw to artists in the area.

Gail Gwinn/ etching

Gail Gwinn/ etching

Gail says: “I was introduced to printmaking in 1996. I was invited by Island International Artists, Anacortes WA to take an etching workshop taught by print artist, Richard Stauffacher.  I discovered that etching gives my work the look I’d been searching for; a medium that combines the precision of drawing, the transparency of watercolor and the richness of oil paint.  I love the process of printmaking and bought a press and set up my own print studio in 1998.”

Gail Gwinn

Gail Gwinn/ Mixed media

Gail Gwinn/ Etching

Gail Gwinn/ Etching

Gail Gwinn (actual self)

Gail Gwinn (actual self)

The Froggwell Biennale (just 2 1/2 weeks 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: Francy Blumhagen

Francy has agreed to be another of our guest artists this year. We share a number of professors from our respective times at the University of Washington and I am very pleased her schedule allowed her to be at this year’s show.

Here are some images of her work, as well as a bit of information from her website.

Kingfisher/ Francy Blumhagen/ mixed media

Kingfisher/ Francy Blumhagen/ mixed media

Websites: http://salmonberrystudio.com,

Paragraph: “Francy Blumhagen has been painting professionally for over 30 years with numerous galleries in the Pacific Northwest exhibiting her original paintings and collages on a regular basis. She works in a variety of media, including block printing, woodcut, collage, and wax resist.

Francy received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington in 1982 and studied extensively with Jacob Lawrence, Michael Spafford and Norman Lundin. She also briefly attended Mount Hood Community College, Central Washington University, and the Memphis Art Academy.” (Link)

Nuthatch/ Francy Blumhagen/ mixed media

Nuthatch/ Francy Blumhagen/ mixed media

The 2016 show is rapidly approaching! (AAAAAA! I’m not ready!!! I am REALLY not ready!!!!!)

The Froggwell Biennale

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

Saw Whet Owl/ Francy Blumhagen/ mixed media

Saw Whet Owl/ Francy Blumhagen/ mixed media

See you there!

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