Three plus Three: 3 solo shows and 3 group shows open August 2.
Brette Flora “Vibrant Notions” is an expression of Brette’s enjoyment of working with bright colors and creating abstract visions of nature. Brette is an active participant of Vibrant Palette, a professional studio space at Pratt Fine Arts center for adults with developmental and physical disabilities to create visual art and participate in gallery shows. This is her second show in Summer Arts Fest.
“Vashon Views” are Gretchen Hancock’s oil painting of Vashon, Puget Sound and the Pacific Coast. Gretchen enjoys the effect of sunlight and how it organizes and simplifies space, throwing large areas into shadow and warming the colors. Sunlight can transform an ordinary scene into a scene of drama and power. She paints to caption that transformation and have the viewer feel the same excitement she does from distant views.
Jeff Good’s favorite medium is watercolor because of the transparency and fluidity that only watercolor provides, as well as the pure pleasure of allowing the pigment and water to blend on the paper. His show “Vashon through the Seasons” are landscapes of Vashon Island. Some of the paintings in this exhibit were painted Plein Aire (on location) which provides the most inspiration for him.
“Minor Miracles” is a collage and assemblage exhibition featuring six artists from Vashon Island: Brian Brenno, Sheila Eckman, Jennifer Hawke, Renee Marceau, Donna Romero and John Schuh. Objects are the common element in their individual processes. Whether they are working with maps, leaves, flowers, photographs, driftwood, beach debris, or recycled pop cans, they use the energy of objects to turn everyday items into something extraordinary. The varied colors and patterns of their found materials create texture and depth. Surprising juxtapositions invite the viewer to ponder ordinary objects in a new light, to look more closely at things, to cultivate fascination and appreciate the beauty that constantly surrounds us.
“Musical Vision” is a group show by Vashon photographers. This show serves to marry sound to image to illustrate how they enhance one another for synergistic enrichment. Each photographer has chosen a piece of music and created an image inspired from it. QR codes with each photograph allow the audience to experience both visual and auditory works. Show includes work by group organizer Kim Farrell, joined by Jim Burke, Harvey Bergman, Lynn Davison, Terry Donelly, Michael Elenko, Georgia Gallus, Anne Gordon, Kevin Hoffberg, Ric Peterson, Karlista Rickerson, Peter Serko, Rick Skillman, Julian White-Davis.
“Art You Can Use” is a collection of Fiber Artists Lisa Brown, Sharon Schoen, Sue Willingham and Patricia Wronsky. Their preferred expression of creativity is through practical, functional items that they and their customers can wear or use in their homes. This show’s focus is weaving which requires knowledge of fibers and woven structures, a good bit of math, attention to detail, and lots of planning. Each of their pieces is art you can use.