Snow piled along the roads did not dissuade islanders from celebrating Valentine’s Day with local artists at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art for the opening of the Artists’ Registry Show. This annual exhibit showcases the rich talent found throughout the community.
“I love this island artist community, it is so supportive,” artist Cloud Oakes said.
On Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4-8 p.m. the museum invited the public to view the show and meet the artists. The event was free, refreshments and music provided. The exhibit runs through March 22. Museum hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday-Monday. Entrance is for adults are $10, children under 18 years old are free. Members of the museum are also free. The exhibit includes a range of multimedia, from the raku pottery of Lumi Verdugo to glass, wood, metalwork and two-dimensional pieces like oils and pastels.
Oakes is fresh off two back to back exhibits, she said, yet could not miss being a part of the registry. She has been experimenting with mixing oils and encaustics. Encaustic is a technique involving hot beeswax. Other mediums such as collage and a variety of paint methods can be interwoven creating unique designs and textures.
In “Tension,” Oakes combined oils and wax in her portrait of a woman with string. The colors are subdued creams and olives, and the size and style draw the viewer in.
Other paintings include charcoal “Redwood,” by Knowle Hanson. The piece is an extremely detailed drawing of Redwoods.
“I spent approximately 6 hours in front of that tree,” he said. His goal was to portray the tree’s being, Hanson explained, beyond the physical state.
Cinda Sue Dow’s piece “Roche Harbor Airport” was inspired by her love of round bundles of hay. The works vibrant colors depict the circular bales and small airplanes near the Roche Harbor Resort entrance.
Artist Sandra Bayley has shown her work in the exhibit from the beginning and has been involved in the museum for years. The show, she said, means a lot to her because her best friend was Pam Nichols. Known for her love of art, Nichols was instrumental in founding the museum. She passed away in 2009.
Bayley’s work “Friends in San Miguel de Allende” features faces in small bowls nestled close together, and is displayed near Bill Weissinger “Artifact Series: Gear, Version 1.1” and Lumi Verdugo’s “Meteorite.”
Verdugo showed her work in SJIMA last year. This piece, however, is new she promised, adding that she gravitates toward raku because she loves playing with clay and fire.
“It’s fun,” she grinned.
Weissinger has been involved in the museum from its early formation.
“It is startling, if you look around, to see how much amazing talent we have in this community,” Weissinger said.
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