Northwind Arts Center, the heart of the arts on the Olympic Peninsula, will open a new show, Northwest Impressions II, in the Artist Showcase in November.
Painter Diane Walker finds creative challenges to be about reconciling opposites: finding the common ground beneath obvious differences & unearthing the potential for unity that lies hidden in diversity. She is passionate about beauty, color and form and loves to explore new techniques. Her goal is to create abstract art that is accessible and evocative, yet mystical enough to allow viewers to engage their imaginations. Many of her paintings reflect the quiet undulations of sea and sky, but are neither fully representational nor completely abstract.
After a career of working nine-to-five, Louis Hurlbut retired and started thinking about what he wanted to do with the rest of his life and an early desire to make art re-emerged. Looking for his "niche" he concluded that he wanted to capture his joy of spending time outdoors in his art. Louis says that a perfect day is spent outdoors either fly fishing or painting. In the warm weather months he & his wife and dogs take off for a month or two with a trailer in tow. When the cold weather forces him into the studio he'll take his plein air sketches and turn them into studio paintings.
Retired and living in Sequim, Linda Wentz saw a "glorious" watercolor painting of sweet peas that inspired her to study with the artist, attend both classes at a community college and workshops. She also read books and watched DVDs to learn to paint. She says that starting at age 70 gives her a head start on Grandma Moses who was 78 when she began painting! Linda often uses transparent colors layered in washes, and leans towards realism.
While working in New Zealand sculptor Robert Basta was invited to an introductory sculpture class using Oamaru Stone. He didn't think his interest would extend beyond this weekend class. Over the next few years he would complete one or two sculptures a year, and ended up shipping Oamaru stone to his home in Washington. Other than this single workshop he is self-taught. Basta carves odd shapes that challenge his ability, creativity and the tolerances of the stone.
Opening Reception and Art Walk Saturday, November 2nd, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11:30 – 5:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.