CURRENT FEATURE EXHIBITION
BRUCE LAUNER - The Shape of Wood
NOVEMBER 1 - 24
Reception for the artist
Sunday, November 9, 1 - 4 pm
Router, shaper, band saw, jig ﹣
Dovetail, sander, lathe and drill ﹣
Paduk, maple, walnut, sapele ﹣
The final shape ﹣ the poetry of trees.
Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to present “The Shape of Wood” with the work of artist Bruce Launer from Nov. 1 to 24.
Turning raw wood into a beautiful piece of art is a process with many phases and for Bruce Launer, finding that final shape is what makes it all worthwhile. Launer’s hand-turned wood tables, music stands and cutting boards are as unique, as they are beautiful, thanks to the artist’s keen interest in design.
“It’s the best part of the process,” Launer said. “I have a concept in my head; see the piece as a three-dimensional thing. But after I start building, I edit myself; I’m constantly refining. This is the best part. This is what makes me enjoy it.”
Launer was bound to become an artist. He grew up in Southern California in a family where art was being made by everybody all the time. His dad was a sculptor and engineer, and his mom made mosaic watercolors. After snagging a Bachelor of Science in art, Launer worked his way through a series of jobs that all had some kind of creative element: computer graphics, writing code, interior decorating. Eventually, he quit the day jobs and went to woodworking full time in 1998.
“The wood just comes to me,” Bruce said. “I buy a lot of wood, so a supplier will call me and say, ‘I have this cool piece of wood. Do you want it?’” His favorites are walnut, paduk, maple and sapele.
He’ll live with a piece of wood for a while, and then know intuitively what it will become. He said the design of something takes shape on its own, organically.
“I usually get large pieces of wood. When I cut them, I start to feel what they are going to be, all the time thinking about color, form, and durability of structure. With experience, you know what forces are working against each other and how things work together. I try to make things look as light as possible; like they might not work, but then they do.”
Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist from 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday, November 9 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 Bruce Launer's woodwork or other gallery artists' work,
please contact the gallery at 800/858-5063 or locally at 360/222-3070.
The rest of the gallery in November is filled with a rich assortment
of glass, jewelry, encaustics, ceramics, woodwork, sculptures,
paintings and prints from our fine artists.
November 28 - January 1
FINE ART FOR THE SEASON OF LIGHT
Beautiful work by
Rob Schouten Gallery artists.
This year, make it an artful Holiday Celebration!
January 2 - 30
Recent Original Paintings
and a full selection of Prints
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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!