FEATURE EXHIBITION March 3 - 27
Surrounded by Water
paintings by artist and author
Whidbey Island's Frances Wood takes careful note of the ample grace and variety of bird species that surround her home and studio, capturing her love for birds in delicate and accurate watercolors.
For this exhibition Frances has chosen to focus on the surrounding landscape and beaches in a new series of watercolors that capture the morning light and moody misty days of Puget Sound.
Frances' exhibition introduction says:
Surrounded by water. . . and marine birds and wispy clouds.
Surrounded by misty days, blustery weather, choppy water and cool mornings.
Surrounded by water, living on an island, snuggled into our oasis, we indulge in long mauve colored mornings. We look out over the soft waters of Puget Sound and our souls take a moment to forget the sad, angry, frustrating parts of our busy days.
We notice the gulls and sandpipers that share our shoreline. We breathe the same air. We gather wisdom and strength.
Surrounded by water, we lift up our lives to fly toward new challenges. We sing praises for what we love and screech at what we can’t tolerate.
And then we look out over the soft evening orange and find a gentle healing that prepares us for needed rest.
And for another day.
Surrounded by water. . .
A special focus is a series of small watercolors and watercolor collages mounted on panel inspired by the very unusual appearance of American White Pelicans at Deer Lagoon in Puget Sound last summer.
Also on view are a number of original watercolor illustrations. “Feather light, glowing with color, often in constant movement, the essence of birds is hard to pin down, let alone depict in paint and paper,” Wood writes. “Using watercolor and ink and allowing the white of the paper to be part of the image, I’ve attempted to show the lightness and flightiness of these ethereal creatures.”
The rest of the gallery is filled with a rich assortment
of glass, jewelry, encaustics, ceramics, woodwork, sculptures,
paintings and prints from our fine artists.
April 7 - May 12
Group Show of Gallery Artists
Check out this interview with Rob by journalist/videographer Mark Jaroslaw:
HOURS AND DIRECTIONS
May through Sept. OPEN DAILY 10 - 5
Oct. through April Tues. by appointment
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!