If you think all art exhibitions are about paintings, think again. At the annual Artists’ Registry (AR) exhibit at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), paintings are just one of the many art forms you’ll see there. The San Juan Islands have long been considered an artistic destination, largely due to the remarkable talent of so many artists in so many different mediums.
Craig Britton No Direction, fused glass | Wendy Smith Sea of Green, jewelry | Lisa Lange Clouds, black sandstone
The varied selections are excellent examples of this creativity. With over 80 local artists displaying work in the galleries, visitors can admire canvas, mixed media, sculpture, assemblages, monotypes, photography, woodworking, jewelry and more. it is important to note that this event is not limited to traditional paintings on canvas! Many other diverse art forms from local artists enchant residents, tourists and students alike, making the museum well worth a visit before the show ends on February 21.
Howard Rosenfeld of Morning Star, engraving
For example, Howard Rosenfeld from San Juan Island presents his work Morning Star, a drypoint etching on copper. Drypoint engraving is a form of intaglio engraving that Rosenfeld has perfected over the years. The coin was created by hand pulling an engraved copper plate impression of the ship, Bark Morning Star, built in 1853. San Juan Island artist, Craig Britton’s coin, No Direction , is a decorative fused glass bowl in bright primary colors and geometric shapes. Britton claims to be a self-taught craftsman of many trades who loves the process of experimentation.
Peter Olesen 42 Stories, photography
Orcas Island fine art photographer Peter Olesen says landscape photography is a way of life for him. The piece he has chosen to exhibit this year is 42 Stories, departs a bit from typical landscape photography in that the color photo depicts the side of a cruise ship, populated by colorfully dressed passengers. lively, leaning over the rails of the ship’s balconies. Jewelry artist and gemologist, Wendy Smith, also from San Juan Island, is captivating with her necklace titled Sea of Green. It is an exquisite example of art jewelry, made with freshwater pearls, aquamarine and sterling silver. Smith says she finds inspiration in gemstones and pearls for how they have been worn throughout history and creates her pieces with that in mind.
Lisa Lange of San Juan Island has been working with clay for over 30 years, both in stoneware and porcelain. Her piece, Clouds, is a cylindrical black stoneware vase measuring almost 12 inches high and 6 inches wide. Lange says she likes to combine art, craft and function in her work.
Samantha Warhol, Robert Dash, Florence McAlary and Bonita Diemoz also submitted work in the Photography category. Also included jewelry artists are Patricia Morse and Irene Embrey. Other people working in stoneware and ceramics in the exhibition are Paula West and Chris Umierski and Claudia Fullerton and Kathy Crain show their work in fused and sandblasted glass.
The AR Show ends February 21 at 5 p.m. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this exciting representation of talent in the San Juan Islands.
Located in Friday Harbor at 540 Spring Street, admission to the museum is $10. SJIMA members and those 18 and under are admitted free. Museum hours are Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays are Pay as You Can Days. For more information visit www.sjima.org
The Artist Registry Show is brought to us by the Honeywell Charitable Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, San Juan Island Community Foundation, City of Friday Harbor, Anonymous, Printonyx, Browne’s Home Center and Harbor Rentals.