Mitchel Osborne will display this photograph from the 2023 Wooden Boat Festival at the Port Townsend Gallery throughout July.

Mitchel Osborne will display this photograph from the 2023 Wooden Boat Festival at the Port Townsend Gallery throughout July.

First Saturday Art Walk set in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Gallery 9, Northwind Art and the Port Townsend Gallery will be among the venues participating in the Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Port Townsend.

• The Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., will host a reception for Margaret Woodcock and Mitchel Osborne from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Woodcock, a mixed media artist, will present new hand-pulled prints developed at Corvidae Press at Fort Worden as well as collages created in her studio.

Two themes emerge in these new works: joy in the garden and identifying a sense of place.

Woodcock is exploring a different technique for creating the images on her new photopolymer plate etchings; she draws with ink, ink wash and greasy crayons to make the floral and tree forms.

Woodcock also is exhibiting narrative collages made by cutting or tearing paper images and, sometimes, transparent fabric then adhering them to Bristol paper or watercolor paper using acrylic semi-gloss medium.

She combines human and animal forms, landscapes and other graphic elements like maps, handwritten notes or charts.

Osborne is a professional photographer who focuses on editorial, commercial and travel photography and has been published in travel guides, magazines and books.

Since he moved to Port Townsend in 2006, he was attracted to the extensive maritime trade when he discovered a new interest in the beauty, craftsmanship and preservation of the boats in this historical setting.

Osborne’s exhibit includes a new series of boat reflections and new material from his recent travels to Portugal, Spain and Paris which includes scenes from the Douro Valley wine region, Spanish cathedrals and Parisian landmarks.

Osborne’s work includes an assortment of substrates, from metal to acrylic to canvas and traditional paper prints, to complement the subjects.

He works in color as his primary medium, but he’s also adding black and white prints for a traditional look.

Woodcock’s mixed media art and Osborne’s photography are featured in the Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily throughout July.

For more information, call the gallery at 360-379-8110 or visit www.porttownsend gallery.com.

• The Jeanette Best Gallery, 701 Water St., will host an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for “Sifting the Silence,” a collection of 40 paintings, etchings and intaglio prints by Port Townsend-based artist Shirley Scheier.

Scheier seeks to share the energy of nature and the joy she finds there through her art.

Scheier finds inspiration for her work from the Salish Sea, the forest and the flowers in bloom outside her studio.

Scheier, who holds degrees from the universities of Kansas and Wisconsin and taught art at the University of Washington from 1986 through 2016, considers the Surrealists an important influence on her art.

Her work is part of the collections at the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

Meg Kaczyk will interview Scheier during a gallery talk at 7 p.m. July 18.

“Sifting the Silence” will be on display at the Jeanette Best Gallery, 701 Water St., from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays through Aug. 18.

For more information, visit www.northwindart.org.

• Gallery 9, 1012 Water St., will feature the oil painting of Linda Marie Kempe and turned wood of Jon Geisbush from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Kempe creates art in a variety of forms, from wearable fabrics to paintings that invoke deep thoughts.

Over the last 20 years of producing and selling her art, she has developed a style she calls Flow Energy Art.

“My responsibility as an artist is to let go of preconception and allow the art to create itself through me,” Kempe says. “My art, my personal soul work, includes channeling images that appear active in my mind, combining nature, dreams, the common and the unknown, as well as portraits and surrealism.

“I paint mostly in oil on canvas or board, and sometimes in watercolor on paper. Images appear in my mind and I grab a canvas or paper and quickly sketch, letting the idea develop as I go. The images come through me, not from me.”

Geisbush, a native Washingtonian, is a self-taught woodturner who has always enjoyed working with his hands.

When his family encouraged him to take up a hobby during his retirement, he took up woodturning and has been enjoying it for the past 15 years.

“The art of woodturning starts with the source of wood, and when I first started turning, I lived in an arid part of the country where the most available wood was dimensional wood such as that available in lumber yards,” Geisbush said. “Whether turning a handle for a tool or a bowl or platter, dimensional wood was glued together and turned. I quickly learned about different species and starting forms of wood provided different presentations.”

With his return to Western Washington, his interest in woodturning increased with the availability of new sources of wood from local trees and from meeting other woodturners.

As his turning skills improved, he began experimenting with the wood to see what colors or grain figures might be found inside it.

The works of Kempe and Geisbush are on display at Gallery-9, 1012 Water St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays throughout July.

For more information, visit www.gallery-9.com.

“In The Fabric Of Things,” a narrative collage by Margaret Woodcock, is on display at the Port Townsend Gallery.

“In The Fabric Of Things,” a narrative collage by Margaret Woodcock, is on display at the Port Townsend Gallery.

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