Wednesday, February 14, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sound Community Bank Lobby and The Gallery
Osprey Ridge Drive at Oak Bay Road
(Note: The bank lobby closes at 5:00)
February Artist of the Month James Ferrara
The Artist of the Month, James Ferrara, is a native of Washington State, educated in design and graphic arts, who began his career as the Art Director for CBS Television in Seattle. However, his education started much earlier when his father, a welder by trade, but an artist at heart, taught James how to use the welding tools and materials that were readily available in their barn.
In 1978, James freelanced designing sets in the commercial film and video production business. Often, when designing a set for a shoot, the perfect prop was not available. He would design and fabricate what was needed, which became the genesis for a line of home accessory and furniture pieces. These designs earned James two Emmys, an ADDY, and a Clio award.
James has exhibited his designs at the Western Design Conference in Wyoming and created custom furniture pieces that were commissioned by art lovers from coast to coast. He recently displayed his artwork and jewelry at the Port Ludlow Bay Club, using rusted steel, copper, leather, rattan, wire, resin, or wood to create unique pieces.
During the month of February, James’ artwork will be on display in the lobby of Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank.
Jeweler of the Month - Judy Danberg
On a whim, the Jeweler of the Month, Judy Danberg, signed up for a jewelry-making class at the Port Ludlow Bay Club 25 years ago. With no experience in jewelry making, Judy didn’t know what to expect, but she found jewelry making immensely satisfying.
Her collection of beads sparks her creativity. Many pieces feature beads from all over the world, such as Russian blue beads brought to the Pacific Northwest by Russian fur traders centuries ago. Several of Judy’s pieces include antique French and die-cut gold beads, while other pieces incorporate Victorian glass lamp pulls from Venice and vintage Swarovski crystals.
Over the years, Judy’s jewelry and quilts have been on display at many local venues, and her latest work will be on display at the Port Ludlow Art Gallery during the month of February.
You can meet these talented artists at the Port Ludlow Art League’s Second Wednesday Reception on February 14 in the lobby of Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and next door at the Gallery from 4:00 –6:00 p.m. The Bank and Gallery are located at the corner of Oak Bay Road and Osprey Ridge Drive.
Featured Artist at the Port Ludlow Bay Club - Carol Avoy Durbin
When Carol Avoy Durbin looks back at paintings she created in the past ten years, since moving to Port Ludlow, she recognizes places she visited many years ago.
Many of her works have an Asian influence which she acquired studying Sumi-e painting in Japan. Her water themed works are particularly close to heart as she spent many years sailing on the water and SCUBA diving beneath it. Her experiences living near quiet mountains and forests, has helped her to “feel” and effectively convey the power of trees and open spaces. Having also lived in large cities has enabled her to capture the conflicted feelings of living in a busy urban setting. Her “out of this world” pieces are an experiment in moving beyond her comfort zone.
Experimenting with techniques learned long ago, ie. scratch-board and printing, gives her permission to “play” rather than subscribe only to the confining rules that she once learned.
Though for many years, Carol did not set up a studio, she played with art for her personal pleasure and that of her family and friends. She made toys for the grandkids and taught classes in sculpture and crafts.
Now, with a studio in her home, she selects a blank canvas and, depending upon the colors she adds to her palette, she creates.
The works shown in the gallery are a retrospective of art created during Carol’s days in Port Ludlow, all based on her experiences in life.