PORT TOWNSEND — Gallery-9 has the spotlight on Carolyn Doe’s silk batik and oil paintings and Roberto Costa Ribiero’s silver jewelry this month.
Gallery-9 and the North Olympic Artist Cooperative are at 1012 Water St., Port Townsend.
“Both artists share a common inspiration from walking out in nature, bringing unique creative designs into their art,” said Katy Morse, spokesperson for the gallery and one of its member artists.
Doe is a self-taught silk batik artist and oil painter.
Using pure beeswax and silk dyes, she creates images of nature on silk fabric. These are then stretched and framed under glass.
Her oil paintings with palette knives show wide horizons with stately trees, or the quick pose of a small bird on a slender branch.
“There is both a simplicity and depth to her work that is captivating,” Morse said.
Said Doe: “I’m not one to say a lot about my art. It comes from a feeling place, something I can’t put to words. I want those who are drawn to my art to experience their own feelings and thoughts around it.”
Costas Ribiero has been making jewelry for 28 years. He learned the basics of silversmithing from a friend in Brazil, where he was born and raised.
With no formal instruction, he developed his own style and techniques, and still learns primarily by experimentation.
“Taking the concept of ‘homemade’ to a whole new level, he crafts each clasp, hoop, post and bezel individually,” Morse said.
He will be showing a selection of earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces.
“A long walk in the woods is sure to bring inspiration into the workshop,” he said.
Both artists’ work can be seen in the window at Gallery-9 for the month of May, with their full displays at the front of the gallery. Ribiero’s work also can be seen on his artist’s page at www.gallery-9.com.
Gallery-9 hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Masks are required.