Nancy Cherry Eifert’s New Show for June

Mushroom Trio

It’s Spring in the Pacific Northwest, and if you’re in Port Townsend this Saturday evening, stop by Gallery Nine for my new show opening. I’m ‘Featured Artist’ along with amazing woodworker, Robin McKann. I’ll be displaying new springtime images from a few of our recent field trips to the Olympic Peninsula’s West End and southern Hood Canal areas. Catching the splendor of nature’s special moments this time of year is pure joy. Waterfalls are flowing at their best, beaches are warm  yet still deserted and wildflowers are blooming everywhere.

 Third Beach Rocks

Port Townsend’s Gallery Walk is this Saturday, June 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. If you get the chance, stop by and say ‘hi’, I’d love to see you! And check out Robin’s new sales counter he just completed and installed in time for Gallery Walk, it’s beautiful! The gallery is located at 1012 Water Street in Port Townsend and is open every day from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Steamy Rhody

 

Moul and Stern at Gallery Nine for April 2012

Hardwood and Ephemeral Beauty

To welcome spring to Port Townsend, Gallery Nine, 1012 Water Street, features wood artist Chuck Stern and painter Ianthe Moul for the month of April. When spring comes to the Northwest nature bursts into new growth. Both artists have a close relationship with the natural world.  Chuck uses wood as both his inspiration and his medium.  In her new paintings Ianthe focuses on nature in its constant state of flux between life and death. 

 

Chuck is an Olympic Peninsula native who creates artwork from salvaged local woods.  Although most is turned into artistic bowls Chuck often finds unusual sculptures hidden in large maple burl.  His latest sculpted piece is of a geisha girl titled “Geisha”.  She was created by first using a chainsaw to rough shape the burl, then carved, sanded, and polished to a soft smooth finish.  Along with “Geisha”, Stern is working on several new bowls that will be available for viewing during the month of April. 

 

Ianthe’s new work is inspired by the concept of ephemeral beauty and nature’s ceaseless cycle of life and death.  She strives to create work that captures more than just a static moment of beauty, but rather beauty that is enveloped in the reality that it will soon be gone.  Ianthe creates a mood or emotion by using intense color and manipulating the lighting effects.  She is interested in finding a balance between the representational and the abstract.

 Meet the artists and view their new work during April’s Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8pm, Saturday, April 7.

 Gallery 9 is located at 1012 Water Street.  Call 379-8881 or visit www.gallery-9.com.

Glass As A Journey.

Blue Tatto by Nancy Rody

Nancy Rody views her 20 years of work in glass as a journey.  “I go on as usual for a while in my studio and then I make what I call a stepping stone piece that takes me to a new plateau – maybe not the best glass piece I have ever made but one that in which I abandon an old technique and take it to someplace new.  This happened recently, resulting in two mosiac glass sculptures.

‘Blue Tattoo’ is a whimsical piece, an abstract form of sparkling cobalt blue glass from which strange creatures have emerged, including a snail flying a kite, a many legged rainbow bug, and a fish holding a ballon above the water.

 

Ring Of Fire by Nancy Rody

Named after a Johnny Cash song that seems to have tagged along in my head for a number of years, ‘Ring of Fire’ contrasts smooth earth-tone glass with sharp spikes of blazing red and gold glass encircling the piece.”

Both of these sculptures are available from Gallery Nine, 1012 Water Street in Port Townsend. 360-379-8881 or check the website.

New work by glass artist Nancy Rody and painter and jeweler Linda Lundell

Flame worked necklace by Nancy Rody

Cloisonné bracelet by Linda Lundell

For the month of December, Gallery Nine, 1012 Water Street in Port Townsend features new work by glass artist Nancy Rody and painter and jeweler Linda Lundell.  Linda is showing oil paintings and cloisonné jewelry, while Nancy is showing new work that includes abstract mosaic sculptures, along with  kiln-formed and flame worked jewelry.

Not only does Linda Lundell paint what she sees, she has the unique ability to convey on the canvas what she is feeling and experiencing because she is so deeply connected to nature. In terms of her cloisonné, Linda creates small three-dimensional masterpieces. She captures hummingbirds, irises, birds of paradise, horses, each alive and glowing in stunning heirlooms.  Linda Lundell  received her Masters of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and spent the second year of her Master’s Program on scholarship studying in Italy.  Linda has been a working artist for close to 45 years and she has shown her oil paintings and cloisonné in galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Nancy works in traditional stained and kiln worked glass, but steps across customary art glass boundaries to combine glass mosaic, 3D glass sculpture, copper and flame-worked glass in single pieces.  For this show she has created flat glass panels with spun glass rondels, translucent plated glass pieces with up to five layers of glass, and three dimensional abstract glass mosaic sculptures combining traditional cut tesserae with wood and and flame-worked glass.  Her newest glass jewelry pendants are made with cross- cut Italian millefiori  “thousand flowers” glass floated under a layer of crystal clear glass, with copper and sterling silver chains.

Join the artists for conversations about their work during December’s’s Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8 pm, Saturday, December 3.

Gallery 9 is located at 1012 Water Street. Call 379-8881 or visit www.gallery-9.com

The Craftsmanship of Art

For the month of November, Gallery Nine, 1012 Water Street in Port  Townsend features Chuck (CW) Stern’s woodturning and Larry Eifert’s paintings in a show about the Craftsmanship of Art.

The work of both artists is strongly influenced by a focus on high quality and carefully learned skills often not found in today’s more commonly seen slapdash world of art. Both also have a careful and close connection with the natural environment, and have developed skills honed over decades of observing, learning – and then expressing what they’ve learned in mediums and methods both have come to love.

 

Chuck Stern is a wood artist, turning both functional bowls and vases as well as carving unique burl wood into beautiful, sometimes whimsical sculptures. His love and close knowledge of wood comes from a lifetime on the Olympic Peninsula working in many facets of the wood industry, and it’s clear that Stern knows wood in a way that is not simple or superficial. “It’s taken decades to understand that once-living wood has a history buried within it. Each year, each growth ring, each winter storm or injury creates an internal change I need to recognize, understand and try to incorporate into my finished piece. It’s not just slamming it on the lathe and turning out a bowl, but more a conversation with an ancient once-living soul.”

 

Larry Eifert has painted as his prime career for over 40 years and has more work in America’s national parks than any other artist. Most of his park installations are large-scale complex murals, but for this show he has focused on smaller and more emotional expressions of the natural and luminous qualities of light he’s recently seen on field trips this summer to mural locations. Paintings of nature require both patience and a deep understanding of the subject, and Larry’s keen love of natural history has resulted an understanding of how nature’s machinery works, and it vividly shows in these painterly interpretations. More information about Larry Eifert is available at his website.

 Join the artists for conversations about their work during November’s Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8 pm, Saturday, November 5.

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