CURRENT MUSEUM EXHIBITS
ix artists will present a wide range of interpretations of the animals that co-exist with us on our planet, inspire our imagination and sense of fantasy, and inhabit our dreams and subconscious. These varied points of view will be on exhibit at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History from Thursday, August 30 (Member Preview) through February 17, 2019.
The animal images that are presented range from realistic to child-like, oddly humorous to whimsically disturbing. The wide range of styles and viewpoints is not surprising considering the differing backgrounds, experience, and education of the artists.
Michael Felber creates detailed, realistic, portraits of animals as seen with a naturalist’s eye. His paintings reveal an awareness of anatomy and how the muscles move. However, these aren’t zoological specimens, but creatures filled with life and personality.
Felber received an MFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. He taught printmaking at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Feber also worked as an animator in films and television followed by working as an illustrator. Currently, he’s drawing and painting grizzly bears.
Felber has exhibited in many museums including the Smithsonian Institution, the Denver Museum of Natural History, and the South Australian Museum. He lives outside of Port Townsend in the woods by water with his wife, painter Karen Hackenberg.
Jason Gould also lives in Port Townsend and is a fourth generation local. Gould is self-taught and credits his three children with helping him select the subject matter for his paintings. When they were younger, he’d use their perceptions of the world as inspiration for the world that is comes to life in his paintings. His colorful paintings often feature a recognizable building or block of Port Townsend.
Gould has a lifelong interest in the arts and all types of creation and creative play.
“I continue to find inspiration in the light and spirit of everything and hope that the joy of the process is transferred to the viewer,” said Gould.
Jody Joldersma’s whimsical yet slightly disturbing visual narratives are inspired by the experience of growing up caught between a collapsing conservative steel town and the rural escapism of her grandparent’s farm in the coal mountains of central PA. Her work focuses on the interplay of gender, nature, culture, and the boundaries we place on them.
Joldersma has a BFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is a co-founder of Feminist Camp Seattle and a National Artist at A.I.R. Gallery.
Max Grover’s fun and colorful landscapes, people, animals, and interesting items from his collections, are familiar sights in the Port Townsend area. He’s shown in his own gallery and others in Port Townsend as well as in throughout the Northwest and California including a solo exhibit at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Grover was one of the founders of Port Townsend School of the Arts where he continues to teach. He’s created many popular children’s books.
Frank Renlie’s paintings are inhabited by delightfully endearing yet rather odd characters and creatures. Painting his purely imaginary world is a second career for Renlie after spending 45 years as a freelance illustrator. His work appeared in magazines throughout the U.S., France, and Germany.
Renlie graduated from the Bumely School of Professional Art (now the Art Institute of Seattle) in 1963 while he was working at Boeing as a graphic designer. He was inspired by his teachers William Cummings and James Edward Peck. He considers his painting self-taught.
His paintings have been exhibited in juried shows throughout the Northwest including the Seattle Art Museum’s Northwest Annual. He’s also exhibited in California, and Pennsylvanian and internationally in Mexico, Israel, and England.
Drew Elicker is a long time Port Townsend artist who arrived here in the somewhat infamous 70s and was active with the artists and arts that would establish Port Townsend’s reputation as an art town. He worked part time at the Leader as a graphic artist and spent the rest of the time creating his own art.
A Northwest native who grew up on Bainbridge Island, iconic images of the Northwest feature proximately in his work. Like reassembled, brightly colored puzzle pieces they playfully express delight with a sense of place. Elicker studied both commercial and fine art at Cornish School of the Arts, Evergreen State College, and the Pratt Institute in New York. While at Cornish, Elicker was influenced by his teacher, Northwest artist Charles Stokes.
The Jefferson Museum of Art & History is located at 540 Water Street, Port Townsend, and is open from 11:00 to 4:00 every day except Tuesday. Entrance fees are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors. The Museum will be open for Art Walk on Saturday, September 1st. Admission is free that day. For more information the museum may be reached at 360-385-1003.