Port Ludlow Art League hosts featured artists

PORT LUDLOW — The Port Ludlow Art League will host a reception for its featured artists from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The February artist of the month is James Ferrara, the jeweler of the month is Judy Danberg, and the featured artist at the Port Ludlow Bay Club is Carol Avoy Durbin.

The artists will be available during the reception in the lobby of Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and next door at the league’s gallery from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both are on the corner of Oak Bay Road and Osprey Ridge Drive.

Ferrara is a native of Washington state who has exhibited his designs at the Western Design Conference in Wyoming and created a variety of custom furniture pieces. He recently displayed his artwork and jewelry at the Port Ludlow Bay Club, using rusted steel, copper, leather, rattan, wire, resin or wood.

During the month of February, his artwork will be on display in the lobby of Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank.

Danberg signed up for her first jewelry-making class 25 years ago and found the craft immensely satisfying.

Many pieces feature beads from all over the world, such as Russian blue beads brought to the Pacific Northwest by Russian fur traders centuries ago. Several of her pieces include antique French and die-cut gold beads, while other pieces incorporate Victorian glass lamp pulls from Venice and vintage Swarovski crystals.

Her latest work will be on display at the Port Ludlow Art Gallery during the month of February.

When Durbin looks back at paintings she created over the last decade, since moving to Port Ludlow, she recognizes places she visited many years ago.

Many of her works have an Asian influence which she acquired studying Sumi-e painting in Japan. Her water-themed works are from the years sailing on the water and SCUBA diving beneath it. She has painted her experiences of living near quiet mountains and forests and of living in large cities.

The works shown in the gallery are a retrospective of art created during her days in Port Ludlow, all based on her experiences in life.

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