PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Gallery will feature artists Barbara Ewing and Anne Schneider during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk on Saturday.
The public is invited to join the artists from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St.
Each year for Gallery Walk, Ewing focuses on something new for her collection of functional ceramic pieces.
Last fall, she visited England, Wales and Scotland, which inspired landscapes and unusual forms in some of this month’s Gallery Walk offerings.
Many of her pieces also feature Celtic knot designs from Irish and Scottish heritage design which are formed by wooden and clay stamps impressed in the clay.
Schneider is a mixed media and collage artist, creating art by layering paint and paper.
Her abstract art is composed of orderly geometric shapes and infused with whimsical lines and marks, producing abstract art with a sense of balance and curiosity.
Also on the Port Townsend Gallery Walk on Saturday are:
• The Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St., will open a new exhibit, “Palouse to the Peninsula: Five Northwest Artists Celebrate Painting,” during Saturday’s gallery walk.
The exhibit features the art of internationally known painter Gaylen Hansen, his wife Heidi Oberbeide, and Susan Lamon, Frank Samuelson and Linda Okazaki.
The museum — which ordinarily is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily — will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, free of charge. A book signing of the exhibit catalogue is planned.
The group of painters has a connection that goes back decades.
In the 1970s, Lamon, Samuelson, and Okazaki were Hansen’s graduate students at Washington State University at Pullman. On graduation, they went on to live their lives and continue to develop as artists only to find themselves reunited years later when they ended up coincidentally living in the Port Townsend area. They arrived one by one throughout the years.
Recently, after living in the Palouse area for more than 50 years, their former professor and his wife decided to relocate to Whidbey Island, a short ferry ride away.
This chance reunion provided an opportunity to present an exhibit of their art.
This group of five artists with their shared influences and environments will be showing their work together for the first time at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History.
“I think when people see it all together they’re going to say, ‘Look at all of these interesting correlations between their work.’ How they took it one direction and another one. They’ve all gone a different direction but there’s underlying continuity, too,” said Exhibit Curator Stephen Yates.
For more information call 360-385-1003.
• Gallery 9, 1012 Water St., will exhibit Doug Selley Byrd’s original oil paintings of Port Townsend and the ceramics of Brian and Wendy Fuller through the month of March.
The artists will discuss their art from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Byrd’s primary medium is oils. His impressionistic style was inspired by Monet, Van Gogh and Seurat, among others.
Selley’s paintings will include images of Point Wilson Lighthouse, boats moored in a local marina and the boats at the Wooden Boat Festival.
Selley attended Chimacum High School, left the area, and returned 18 years ago.
“I love it here, and never tire of painting the scenery and the seasons,” he said.
The Fullers are Gallery 9’s newest members. They work together under the name of “Fairview Lake Studios,” which they established in 2016.
They moved to Washington state from Utah in 2015. They have named their six glaze combinations after some favorite Washington spots: Olympic, Pacific, Columbia River, Rainier and Cascades.
“Incorporating beautiful, unique objects into everyday life can help to elevate even simple acts like preparing foods or serving a meal,” the Fullers said.
All pieces are entirely handcrafted, one-of-a-kind and contain unique variations of patterns and colors. Items are made using stoneware clay and glazes that are lead-free and food, microwave and dishwasher safe.
All clay and glaze materials are manufactured and purchased at a local facility.
Gallery 9 is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays.