Northwind Arts Center, the peninsula's visual, literary and performance art hub, presents Compare & Contrast, in the Artist Showcase in July.
Northwind Arts Center will open a new show, Compare & Contrast, in the Artist Showcase in July. Three 2-D and one 3-D artist were selected for this show, and each artist has developed a body of work that holds together as one, but is intentionally varied & diverse.
Port Townsend contemporary watercolor painter Mike Biskup is known for his imaginary landscapes and abstractions. In his paintings everything flows together – colors, lines and shapes, people, places and things are woven into one harmonious functional system. "On the surface," Mike says, "my paintings are simply places I'd love to visit – mysterious, primarily benevolent, colorful worlds where everything 'works.'"
Kathy Constantine experiments with new combinations of materials and different approaches to a subject. She works primarily in acrylic mixed media, acrylic and pastels but mixed media is where she feels there is the greatest opportunity to experiment. Kathy works in abstract, impressionistic, and primitive styles and her paintings often include figurative birds, animals or human figures.
Woodworker Evan Miller has been studying art since he was about 7. Years later when he started working in the mega yacht industry he became fascinated with how wood veneer could be used to obtain the look of wood, and how it allowed him to create patterns and designs with greater accuracy and interest than just using solid wood. "Mostly," Evan says, "I try to not 'get in the way' of the enjoyment of such beautiful grains that come from magnificent trees."
"From the start, working with clay was an addiction," states artist and art teacher Charlie Van Gilder. "Clay has a memory of its' own. At best I try to find a moment when the clay and I both share a voice."
Charlie's entire life has been about Art and Art Education – as a teacher and as a student. "The important thing is to be perceptive, engaged and to think creatively and to have an open mind."
The exhibition runs from July 4th through July 28.
Opening Reception and Art Walk Saturday, July 6th, from 5:30-8 p.m.
Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11:30 – 5:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.