Rob Schouten Gallery is the winner of KING5's 2014 "Best Art Gallery in Western Washington" contest out of 186 nominated galleries!

CURRENT FEATURE EXHIBITION

FRIENDS IN LIFE AND ART
new works by Francy Blumhagen and Sharon Spencer

July 3 - Aug 3
 

Madonna has nothing on these Material Girls. 

Paper, pulp, ink, paint, bamboo, fiber and bronze are some of the materials that inspire these artists, along with Japanese art, nature and friendship. Spencer is showing both bronze pieces and mixed-media sculptures, while Blumhagen shows her mixed-media collages.

Sharon Spencer  Relic   $575

Francy Blumhagen  Red Moon   SOLD

These friends, who have each been making art for 40 years, have formed a strong bond through long walks with their dogs at Greenbank Farm while talking about art, process and sometimes uncooperative materials.

Spencer, who is well-known and admired for her bronzes, began exploring mixed-media about five years ago.

“It’s interesting when you find someone you can trust and can share something about ideas,” Spencer said. “I’ve learned a lot from Francy.”

“We are both interested in materials,” Blumhagen said. “I’m interested in seeing what happens with the paper, the ink, the paint and how it leads me to the next experiment. The images become less important as I watch what the materials will do.”

Sharon Spencer  The Guardian   $800

Francy Blumhagen   Walking Owl   $700

“It’s the experimenting with these new materials that brought a lot of joy and energy back into my work-life,” Spencer said. “It’s important to stay alive and not keep doing the same thing over and over again. It kills the spirit of the work and if that happens, you can see it in the work.”

Step by Step   $650

Shinto (detail)   SOLD

Free Spirit   bronze   $900

Moondance   SOLD

Crows   $750

One Wise Bird   $550

Both artists reveal a Japanese sensibility with this show. Not surprising since Spencer studied at a school of Japanese arts in a Kyoto shrine run by women and devoted to the study of nature. Blumhagen’s father had been stationed in Japan, so she grew up in a house full of asian art. 

“It instilled something in me,” Blumhagen said, “and I love going to Sharon’s house because it is filled with asian art.” “Yes, I’ve always loved Japanese things,” Spencer added.“Listening to Sharon talk about wanting to always branch out is something I’ve been wanting to do, too. I want to forge ahead; indulge myself and see what happens,” Blumhagen said.

Winter Song   bronze   $3200

Tucked In   bronze   $1600

To purchase or inquire about Sharon Spencer and Francy Blumhagen's work,
please email the gallery at info@robschoutengallery.com
or call 360/222-3070  toll free 800/858-5063
 

More of Francy's new pieces:

Little Shorebird   SOLD

In the Reeds   $SOLD

Avocet   $485

Sleeping Owl   SOLD

Raven's World   $SOLD

Maidenhair   $750

Abstract   $285

Crow   $SOLD

Blue Ferns   $750

To purchase or inquire about Francy Blumhagen or Sharon Spencer's work,
please email the gallery at info@robschoutengallery.com
or call 360/222-3070  toll free 800/858-5063

 

Meet the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 3rd during Greenbank Farm’s “First Friday at the Farm.” The Pies Café will be open for dinner, while the galleries and shops welcome visitors to enjoy a little wine and cheese, meet the artists, see some beautiful art, all while roaming around beautiful Greenbank Farm. We’d love to see you!


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.


UPCOMING EXHIBITS


August 7 - 31 

 

Brushes, Brambles and Beauty

new work by
Kathleen Frugé-Brown


 


September 4 - 28

New work by
Richard Rhydes

 

 

 

Arching Maple

Double Bluff Barn


HOURS AND DIRECTIONS

GALLERY HOURS:

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!