CURRENT FEATURE EXHIBITION
BYRON BIRDSALL - Island Times - Greenbank and Beyond...
August 29 - September 29
Reception for the Artist: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 1 - 4pm
Painter Byron Birdsall is an artist with a national reputation for his depictions of nature and a guy with a penchant for times gone by. Best known for the variety and drama of his Alaskan landscapes, Birdsall’s unique ability to capture light is evident in all of his paintings, including his nostalgic renderings of Whidbey Island.
While landscapes and cityscapes are Birdsall's forte, his love of history has led to painting from archival material resulting in many historical pieces, such as his depiction of the Greenbank Store, and early 20th century downtown Coupeville and Langley.
The show also features the artist’s landscapes of his beloved Alaska and the Northwest, as well as several of his orthodox Madonna and Child icons and several watercolors inspired by Japanese printmaker Hiroshige.
“One of my regrets is that there is no time travel. How dearly I would love to go back in time and be part of life way back when,” Birdsall said. “But in a way I can. By studying old photographs and reading chronicles from times past, I can, through my brush, take myself back to any place and any time.”
A longtime resident of Anchorage, Alaska, and now living part-time on Whidbey Island, Birdsall found more inspiration in the Puget Sound region, particularly Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and the island.
“I first came to Whidbey Island in 1999 and was entranced by the beauty of the place, and Whidbey Island has a rich and interesting history, as well,” Birdsall said.
Using old photographs, Birdsall captures scenes of Whidbey that reveal his pleasure in the charm of small town life. In fact, Birdsall said his long career as a painter has all been a great pleasure, occupied as he is by doing the thing he loves best.
“What more can a person have than an occupation that offers exaltation and solace every day?”
Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 14 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.
'Island Times' runs through Monday, September 29.
To purchase or inquire about Byron Birdsall's paintings 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 September is filled with a rich assortment
of glass, jewelry, encaustics, ceramics, woodwork, sculptures,
paintings and prints.
Oct. 1 - 29
Silk paintings by Japanese artist
and Freeland resident
November 1 - 24
Distinctive Furniture, Music Stands and other fine woodworking pieces by Clinton resident
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!