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The Island Gallery
106 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110
For more information, contact
Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner
March 30, 2006. For immediate release.
Exhibition: In The Garden: Wood, Stone & Ceramic Art For Outdoor Living.
Ken Lundemo, Steve Sauer, Gregory Glynn, Gavin Noyes and Daniel Herreshoff.
Exhibition Dates: April 7-30, 2006.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-8 p.m.
An outstanding group of ceramic and wood artists have gathered to help us greet spring.
Sculptor and ceramist Ken Lundemo has produced a series of contemplative sculptures for the garden: Rain Flower, a basalt column with alabaster blossom; Green Phase, British Columbia limestone on variegated marble base; Introspection, a basalt “eye” perched on white Carrara marble; and Dawn, a reclining nude etched on Aphrodite marble. A series of wood fire vases, Torso, fired in his Santatsugama Three Dragon Wood Fire Kiln in Seabeck, Washington incorporate the warm colors and ash of the long firing process.
Steve Sauer, part owner of the Three Dragon Kiln, combines stone, glass and wood fired ceramics in a six foot high fountain, Life is a Delicate Balance, a metaphor for the importance of the earth to all things. Symbols of earth, fire, man and beast commingle with the quiet movement of water.
Gavin Noyes, a young ceramist who is creating exciting work in his wood fired kiln in southern Utah, contributes a large clam shaped Tsubo for the garden. It is created from earthenware clay that the potter dug in southern Utah. “I fire with wood and dig native clays because the process has a transparency which allows me to understand the big picture, including the energy and elements that come together to form each ceramic work. In wood firing, the creative processes remain exposed on the pot’s surface, and can be understood through careful observation alone.”
Gregory Glynn, whose thoughtful wood sculptures invoking nature’s transition from birth to decay are regularly featured at the Gallery, contributes a Madrone garden bench to this spring show.
Daniel Herreshoff creates one-of-a-kind garden bells by recycling old used oxygen tanks manufactured during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. “The reason I search out these old ‘spun-steel’ oxygen tanks, which were ‘high tech’ at the time, is that they are thin-walled, producing the purest tones.” No longer manufactured, these tanks received many layers of different paint colors indicating specific gases in the tanks. “The many different layers of paint colors provide an interesting texture and visual contrast. I preserve the original colors as much as possible and overlay them with vibrant colors of my choice, reminding one of intricately woven tapestries.”
The Island Gallery - Contemporary adaptations of ancient artistic traditions: Indonesian Textile Art, Wood-Fired Ceramics and Wood Objects from Northwest Artists. A portion of the Gallery's profits help support the non-profit Institute for Cross Cultural Art, promoting the preservation and development of traditional art forms and facilitating interaction of artists.