CURRENT FEATURE EXHIBITION
mixed media paintings on silk
OCTOBER 1 - 29
Reception for the artist
Sunday, October 12, 1 - 4 pm
The gallery will also feature
the original drawings of
Anne Belov's new children's book
PANDAMORPHOSIS from Oct 1 - 15
Come see the moon and the sea in a whole new, elysian light!
Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Keiichi Nishimura, Paintings on Silk” in this longtime artist’s first Whidbey Island show. Click here to see all of Keiichi currently exhibited works.
Known for his unique approach to wave imagery and his use of gold and silver leaf within each of his original, one-of-a-kind paintings on silk, Keiichi Nishimura’s work is a modern interpretation of traditional images and techniques. He understands deeply both the discipline of his Eastern culture and the freedom of Western expression, a combination he strives to integrate into his work.
“When I came to this country 30 years ago, all I saw in California was an old style of Asian art,” Nishimura said. “I wanted to show people a new style of painting; I wanted them to see more of what was current art in Japan.”
Nishimura began taking what he saw as a traditional Japanese style of art to a new place, adding his own semi-abstract style on familiar themes.
The medium he uses is a water based pigment derived from suihigofun (a mineral), which the artist grinds to a finer consistency and then mixes with a delicate balance of nikawa (melted pine sap). The nikawa is what gives the pigment its deep rich color and also enables it to adhere to the silk. Variances in color and tone are created by hand with wide brushes. He may incorporate a color resistant technique using flour or sand, sumi (charcoal), gold leafing, ink and other techniques all in a single work.
Now a resident of Whidbey Island, Nishimura was born in Kyoto, Japan, where he began his training as an artist in 1976 under the apprenticeship of his father, Jintaro Nishimura, a master artist for more than half a century. Nishimura has shown his work extensively in the San Francisco Bay area and in Hawaii.
The artist said he is excited to have the Whidbey community see his work and is curious to know what people here will make of it. “I’m just so glad to have this opportunity to show my paintings on this beautiful island for the very first time,” he said.
Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist from 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday, October 12 during Greenbank Farm’s “Second Sunday at the Farm” event, when the Farm’s galleries, shops, cafe and market welcome visitors to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of fine art, good food, natural beauty and lively conversation.
To purchase or inquire about Keiichi Nishimura's paintings or other gallery artists' work,
please contact the gallery at 800/858-5063 or locally at 360/222-3070.
Fall in love with pandas all over again at Rob Schouten Gallery, when local artist Anne Belov shows the original color drawings from her charming new children’s book, “Pandamorphosis” from Oct. 1 through Oct. 15.
Visitors to Rob Schouten Gallery will know Belov for her exquisite oil paintings, which are regularly featured at the gallery. We’ll swap out Belov’s paintings for two weeks only, so patrons can get a glimpse of these lovingly rendered panda drawings.
The rest of the gallery in October is filled with a rich assortment
of glass, jewelry, encaustics, ceramics, woodwork, sculptures,
paintings and prints from our fine artists.
Nov. 1 - 24
Distinctive Furniture, Music Stands and other Fine Woodworking pieces by Clinton resident Bruce Launer
November 28 - January 1
FINE ART FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Beautiful work by Rob Schouten Gallery artists.
This year, make it an artful Holiday Celebration!
HOURS AND DIRECTIONS
May through Sept. OPEN DAILY 10 - 5
Oct., Nov., Dec. & April Tues. by appointment
other weekdays 11 - 4
weekends 10 - 5
Jan., Feb. & March Tues., Wed. by appt.
other weekdays 11 - 4
weekends 10 - 5
Rob Schouten Gallery and Sculpture Garden, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at Historic Greenbank Farm on scenic Whidbey Island amid rolling hills and forests offering breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. Aside from Rob Schouten Gallery the Farm also houses Whidbey Pies Cafe, Greenbank Farm & Wine Shop, Greenbank Cheese & Specialties Shop, Artworks Gallery and Raven Rocks Gallery & Gifts.
Centrally located at the heart of Whidbey Island, just off Hwy. 525 and Wonn Road at the narrowest point on the island, you can’t miss the open fields and red barns. We are just 18 miles north of the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry, or 10 miles south of Coupeville, with ample free parking.
We look forward to seeing you!