In April the Port Townsend Gallery features
Anne Schneider and Stephen Cunliffe
Before Anne Schneider moved to Port Townsend, her working life was primarily left brain
oriented. Her projects required logical sequencing of tasks, a dependence on facts and linear
thinking to accomplish goals. After retirement from highly structured jobs and organizational
commitments, Anne began to explore right brain thinking by creating art. As she developed her
craft of mixed media collage art works, her intuition about colors and rhythm of lines and shapes
took over her imagination. Rather than thinking about an art piece using words and logic, she
creates feelings through visualization. Her abstract mixed media art works are created by using
nonverbal cues of space and color as these appear on canvas.
Rarely is one totally right or left brain dominated. Indeed, Anne appears to integrate the right and
left sides of her brain in her art work. The pieces currently in the Port Townsend Gallery are
examples of this combination. A sense of geometry and order within space punctuated with
whimsical lines and shapes define her canvases. Her works are created through the layering of
papers and paints and the positioning of color values throughout until a finished piece emerges.
Each piece tells a story, where chaos meets order, where imagination provides observation.
Stephen Cunliffe moved to the Olympic Peninsula 12 years ago, not least because of the
opportunities he saw here to pursue his passion for nature photography. As he says, “where else
could you be so close to the enormous variety of nature: forests, mountains, oceans, rivers and
beaches, with all the diversity of wildlife that they contain.” Before moving here, as a budding
birder, he used his then rather modest collection of photographic equipment to help him identify
the birds he had seen. Out of that grew a passion for photographing birds as works of art. In 2009
he won the Canon ‘Nature Photographer of the Year’ award with his popular image Avocet Kiss.
Meanwhile, his collection of camera equipment had grown as well. From birds, he moved on to a
wider view of nature photography, which is his reason for donating the proceeds of his sales to
two local organizations: The Jefferson Land Trust and the Port Townsend Marine Science
Center. “I am able to create value with my photography, and I give that value straight back to the
conservation of nature.” His exhibit at the Port Townsend Gallery will also include some of his
prize-winning work in black and white photography and some color abstracts.
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, April 6th . For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110