SHARON SPENCER - bronze & mixed media sculpture
KEIICHI NISHIMURA - paintings on silk
July 1 - August 1
FRIDAY JULY 1 from 5 - 7 pm
During First Friday at Greenbank Farm
light refreshments will be served
Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to feature the evocative sculpture of Sharon Spencer, and the graceful and unique paintings on silk by Keiichi Nishimura.
Spencer’s stylized works in bronze range from bird and human forms to more abstract pieces. She finishes her bronzes sculptures with an unusual variety of colorful patinas and patterns that make her work instantly recognizable. Her natural fiber and mixed media works also are part of of this exhibit.
Reflecting on her creative process, Whidbey’s Sharon Spencer said, "Carving is an exciting process for me. It is sometimes planned and thought-out, and sometimes totally free-wheeling. The spirit of the piece seems to be within the material I use, as well as from inside me. I’m best known for my bronzes but also love working in mixed media. The process of building the structure, gathering natural materials and handmade paper, mixing it all to a textured pulp, applying it to the structure, then finish, feels fresh and enlivening for me. And that energy in turn benefits my bronze carvings as well.” Spencer is celebrating 40 years as a professional artist.
Now a resident of Whidbey Island, Nishimura was born in Kyoto, Japan.
He is known for his uniquely Asian imagery and use of metal leaf within his one-of-a-kind paintings on silk.
The medium is a water-based pigment derived from suihigofun (a mineral), which the artist grinds and then mixes with a delicate balance of nikawa (melted pine sap). The nikawa is what gives the pigment its rich color and also enables it to adhere to the silk.
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 integrates beautifully into his work.
The artists’ reception for Spencer and Nishimura will take place during ‘First Friday at Greenbank Farm’ on Friday, July 1 from 5 to 7 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The Farm’s other galleries and shops will all be open until 7PM as well.
There will be live music in several spots, and delicious food by Island Mexican Food Truck, Whidbey Island Kettle Corn, and of course, dessert at Whidbey Pies Cafe.
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.
August 5 - 29
ANNE BELOV - new oil paintings
September 2 - October 3
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!