“Last Light,” a photograph by Gina Cox, is part of “The Art of the See: Viewpoints of Nature” opens Saturday.

“Last Light,” a photograph by Gina Cox, is part of “The Art of the See: Viewpoints of Nature” opens Saturday.

Environmental expressions featured at exhibit

PORT TOWNSEND — Seven Jefferson County artists and a poet examine the environment through their personal lenses at a group show at Pippa’s Real Tea that will open Saturday during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk.

“The Art of the See: Viewpoints of Nature” opens Saturday at the shop at 636 Water St. It is free.

Because of the Wooden Boat Festival, the artists’ reception is postponed until Oct. 5 during Art Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. That reception will feature presentations, music and discussion.

Curated by Jeannie McMacken, the show features her new abstract monoprints along with fresh poetry by Holly J. Hughes, landscape photographs by Gina Cox, newly-knotted macramé necklaces by Mary Chapman, contemporary art quilts by Caryl Fallert-Gentry, recent collages by Andrea Lawson, mixed-media work by Joyce Wilkerson and new oil paintings by Nancy Lucas Williams.

“I wanted to examine what different creatives saw when they examined nature,” McMacken said. “Each artist in this show works in a different medium and brings her unique perspective to the theme.

“We all see something different and we express that moment in our own way, using our own tools. The resulting synergy among the pieces is thought-provoking and dynamic.”

McMacken insisted that the written word be included as part of the show.

“Poetry imparts an additional dimension to the exhibit that works well with the visual statements. Holly J. Hughes’ haiku and verse, some inspired by the show’s work, enhances the art and encourages one to meditate deeper on a thought.”

McMacken said a portion of the sale of her work will be donated to a local environmental nonprofit.

The exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the city of Port Townsend Arts Commission and by anonymous art friends.

Pippa’s Real Tea is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

“Starfish on a Stroll,” is an oil painting by Nancy Lucas Williams included in “The Art of the See: Viewpoints of Nature” that opens Saturday in Port Townsend.

“Starfish on a Stroll,” is an oil painting by Nancy Lucas Williams included in “The Art of the See: Viewpoints of Nature” that opens Saturday in Port Townsend.

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