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                                Work by Teresa Smith.

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Local artists show work at San Juan Island Grange

  • Thu Sep 13th, 2018 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by event organizers

Join two days of art and fun from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23 at the San Juan Island Grange for a fall art show called “Art over the Harbor.”

Eight San Juan Island artists, including Patti Barker, Shannon Borg, Alison Engle, Gail Garrett, Maria Michaelson, Jan Murphy, Mary Sly and Teresa Smith will show their paintings, fiber art, sculpture, works on paper and mixed-media creations at the San Juan Island Grange No. 966, just three blocks from the ferry landing at 152 1st St. North in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Enjoy the stunning view of the harbor from the grange’s new deck while browsing, sipping a glass of wine and shopping for local art after the farmers market. Or, just attend as a fall afternoon break to meet local artists in Friday Harbor.

Below is information about some of the artists.

Patti Barker: “Working with my hands is in my blood, a value of it was handed down. Creating textural, colorful textiles with silk, wool and soapy water is my passion. The garment and fabric are created simultaneously, using Nuno felt techniques. The seams are felted, with no sewing. Each new collection is an exploration of a newly learned technique. More often I’m using recycled silks in mosaic nuno felt fashions.”

Shannon Borg draws and paints the creatures and landscapes of the “littoral zone” – the mysterious place between the highest high tide and the lowest low tide. Her oysters, seaweed, anemones and the like are colorful and alive with the energy of the shoreline, where we walk the line between sea and land, where we gather, where we dream. She lives in Friday Harbor, but is currently attending the Studio Arts Intensive Program at Gage Academy in Seattle.

Alison Engle: Many of Engle’s paintings are inspired by things that can be found at the water’s edge. A coastal beach at low tide, marine mammals that live in and near the sea, a wetland, or the hull of a boat she finds in the harbor. Her work is rich with color and texture and often borders on the abstract. “When I start a painting I often have no preconceived idea of how it will turn out. The layering of texture, shapes and color can bring about the most unexpected results.”

Jan Murphy has been creating art in different mediums for over twenty years. She has found her niche in mixed media assemblage art and loves dabbling in mixed media projects on canvas as well. She attended the Fallbrook School of the Arts in Fallbrook, California and is an avid student of art workshops around the country. While not indulging in the creative process in her home studio, Jan manages the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor; a small, non-profit animal shelter.

Mary Sly: “Dyes with their immediate response on silk have allowed me as an artist to explore both bright and subtle colors, and their impact as the color is worn on mood and perception. I treat the silk as a canvas first, using a brush and resist, and then as form, as I develop the garments. My original patterns reflect the influence of both oriental motifs, and nature that surrounds me in the Pacific Northwest region. I like the intrigue of hidden depths in my garments by making them reversible or with layers of transparent silk. Each piece is an original painting for the owner to wear and bring art into their daily world.”

Teresa Smith’s oil paintings are about trees, moss, lagoons and waves. Her art combines the richness of oil paint with a naturalist philosophy. Bold colors and lyrical brush- strokes, scratches and drips create a language of sensuality. Teresa is influenced by Emily Carr, Turner, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cezanne, and The Canadian Group of Seven; she paints the soul in nature. Teresa’s oil paintings are about the mystery beneath the surface, the layer woven between worlds. Romance and beauty, salt air, wild roses, cedar and tide.

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                                Work by Mary Sly.

Contributed image Work by Mary Sly.

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                                Work by Jan Murphy.

Contributed image Work by Jan Murphy.

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                                Work by Shannon Borg.

Contributed image Work by Shannon Borg.

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                                Work by Allison Engle.

Contributed image Work by Allison Engle.

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                                Work by Patti Barker.

Contributed image Work by Patti Barker.