Grand opening of Friday Harbor ‘fine art’ gallery, Saturday

The grand opening of Northwest artist Michael Bienvenu's Friday Harbor fine art gallery, Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m., will feature works of highly acclaimed and, as some say, "suggestive," as in provocative, painter Steven LaRose, a Seattle native.

Pacific northwest artist Micajah Bienvenu has opened a gallery of fine art at Cannery Landing. The gallery will feature mid-career, contemporary artists.

“This is a true fine art galley,” Bienvenu said. “We want to expose people to a new kind of work that isn’t usually shown here.”

The gallery grand opening, Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m., will feature work from the highly acclaimed, suggestive painter Steven LaRose, a Seattle native.

LaRose is one of the top 500 living painters in the world and a master of abstraction, Bienvenu said. He also teaches figure drawing at the University of Oregon.

Bienvenu, known for his staunch yet elegant stainless steel sculptures, has exhibited his art for over two decades, from Alaska to New York. His sculptures appear locally at Roche Harbor Resort and the Friday Harbor ferry landing.

Bienvenu has been showing his work in galleries for 30 years and has a strong understanding of the business. His gallery’s sole purpose is not to make money, but to bring something different to the island.

“My goal is to have a beautiful eye on the wall,” he said. “A place where people can talk about abstract art.”

The gallery will continue to showcase artists throughout the winter and has events planned including a 3D painting installation art show.

Regular gallery hours are Thurs. through Sun., 12-6 p.m.