“Let Me Tell You Why” by Mary Franchini can be seen at the Blue Whole Gallery.

“Let Me Tell You Why” by Mary Franchini can be seen at the Blue Whole Gallery.

Blue Whole features veteran artist

SEQUIM — The featured artist for this month at the Blue Whole Gallery is Mary Franchini, a veteran artist known also as a teacher and the exhibit curator.

“Some Old and Some New” will be on exhibit at the gallery at 129 W. Washington St., in Sequim throughout the month. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It complies with county public health guidelines.

Visitors can meet the artist during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this coming Friday.

“From landscape to portrait, Mary approaches the subject with a fresh viewpoint, producing paintings with a lasting impression, often with symbolic elements,” organizers said.

Franchini said that at the beginning of a new year she was tasked with filling two windows in the Blue Whole Gallery.

“So I looked around my studio and figured that I had plenty of pieces to fill four windows.”

She said that the collection “is a look forward and back, some way back.

“Some have been repainted, and some just reframed but are all mine.”

“Near Ozette ” is among the artwork in Mary Franchini’s show at the Blue Whole Gallery.

“Near Ozette ” is among the artwork in Mary Franchini’s show at the Blue Whole Gallery.

Franchini has used a variety of mediums, combining many of them.

“My main medium now is probably acrylic but others get thrown in now and then,” she said.

She said that she has had many great teachers, mostly in workshops.

“One thing that I loved about Robert Burridge was that he gave us a yellow piece of paper with big black PERMISSION printed on it. I took that permission to heart and felt free to paint whatever I wanted, and how I wanted, at any given time.”

For more information about the gallery, see www.bluewholegallery.com.

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