“After the pandemic” by Mary Franchini.

“After the pandemic” by Mary Franchini.

Blue Whole Gallery unveils August artists

SEQUIM — Blue Whole Gallery will present Divas and Vessels this month.

Marilyn Evans’ digital art and Mary Franchini’s painting are on display at the gallery at 129 W. Washington St. in Sequim. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Both will be on hand during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this coming Friday.

Evans and Franchini are both award-winning artists who also are known for their continuous contribution to the local art community, organizers said in a press release.

“In the time of the pandemic, Marilyn and Mary explored and experimented something new. Marilyn recreated in an illustrative style, Divas of the Great Gatsby, the world of Roaring ’20s, while Mary painted vessels with a 3-dimensional effect.

“Together they will showcase unique and inspiring art in the windows through the month of August,” the release said.

“Diva 1” by Marilyn Evans.

“Diva 1” by Marilyn Evans.

Inspired by the elegance, grace and glamour of the Roaring ’20s, Evans said her work is “an imaginative layering of the images, whimsical or even surreal elements, rich in textures and other effects that allow me to design something new that captures your imagination as well, resonates with you and makes you pause and wonder if only for a moment.”

Said Franchini: “During the pandemic, I seemed not to be able to actually paint or even be in my studio. I was there some, but not nearly enough. I decided early this year that I had to get going with my paintings.

“Experimenting makes me happy. I like to put things together to see what will happen.

“There was some brand new crackle paste and some boards and some paint that someone had given me. So I set to work with a few raw sketches, and I kept making vessels of sorts. They crackled very well, and then came the paint, and I have been happy with them.”

For more information, see www.bluewholegallery.com.

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