In May the Port Townsend Gallery Will Feature Artists Barbara Ewing and Shirley Mercer
Each year for Gallery Walk, Barbara Ewing focuses on something new for her collection of functional ceramic pieces. This year it is a selection of serving platters which are all footed. The square forms follow her style: colorful; abstract; stamped and altered so as not to follow strict predictable borders. In addition, Barbara has made several large, slab built vases and a variety of slab built table lamps. The result is a colorful and functional art form. She began her love of ceramics in high school and went on to study ceramics at Alfred University, a well known ceramic art college in New York State in the early 70's. Since then, she has attended many intensive workshops and taught ceramics in both Scotland and here in Port Townsend.
Shirley Mercer is self-taught artist and has been painting in watercolor since 2006. She loves pushing the medium of watercolor to its fullest potential. Shirley loves to reach that "look-what-I-did moment". So, what motivated her to paint trains, bridges and buildings? She claims to never have been interested in trains in any way and spent years developing techniques to paint soft, peaceful landscapes. Are her paintings an expression of her inner psyche? Maybe it's the harnessed power of a steam locomotive or the moody atmosphere of a 1940's grain elevator. Shirley says "For me, I know it's partly capturing those qualities and then portraying them on paper in a way that evokes memories and emotions". And I suspect it's a bit of nostalgia--the era of the steam engine that is slowly fading into history".
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 5 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, May 6. For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110 www.porttownsendgallery.com.