Saturday, July 31, 2010

ArtAquatic Exhibit

Last night was the opening reception for Pend Orielle Arts Council (POAC) exhibit ArtAquatic. With the water theme, this was a particularly vibrant collection of paintings, fiber, mixed media, photography and 3-d works. Here are my two entries "Spring Runoff - Little Rogue" and "Culvert at Chuck's Slough" flanked by Bruce Duykers' oils on the left and a lovely gouache of Venice by Suzanne Jewell. (Click on any picture for a larger view.) As always, the reception was well attended by artists and enthusiastic supporters of the arts. I saw many noses pulling up close to "Spring Runoff" checking out all that beadwork. A fellow exhibitor admitted he'd been checking it out because he was a "river" guy. Turns out he and I have fished all the same Montana streams and could admit to the same sources of inspiration abounding in this area.

My friend, Bonnie Griffith from Walla Walla also participated. Those are her pastels on the top and right. On the left are watercolor paintings by Joanne Sundifur.

One of my favorite local artists had new work on display. These are mixed media collage by Ruth Hargreaves. Top to bottom: Toss in a Pebble, Deep Sea Pearl, and Swaying Kelp.

There was only one other Art Quilter in the exhibit. This is Sue Graves' "A River Runs Through It." She also used some beading to add sparkle to her water design.

I'm always drawn to abstract work, so it should be no surprise that I would like this Gouache by Sandra Deutchman called "North Sea (Denmark)."

And I liked all three of these abstracts. The one on the left is "Tidal Wave" by Yola Bitler. The two on the right are watercolors by Catherine Earle.

The top two and small one bottom right are watercolors by Jean Spinosa. The acrylic painting on the lower left is by Robert Bissett. His use of purples in the reflection on the water makes this scene different from most.

These oil paintings by Lily Whitney were quite stunning. Although it does not capture well on camera, these had a depth I seldom see - the one on the right particularly gave you the sense of looking at the real thing, that reflection looking miles closer than the mountain in the background.

It was still light and pleasantly warm as the festivities died down, so before heading home, I stopped by my favorite place to walk in Sandpoint, the City Beach.

Hope you enjoyed this preview of the Exhibit. It runs through September 12 - If you're passing through Sandpoint, take time to enjoy ArtAquatic!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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