PORT LUDLOW — The Port Ludlow Art League Artists of the Month, Carol Nielsen and Sara Downs Bobanick, will be feted in a reception from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sound Community Bank and at the league gallery from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Both the bank and the league gallery are located at Oak Bay Road and Osprey Ridge Drive.
Nielsen and Bobanick will be displaying their art at the bank in July.
When Nielsen moved to Port Ludlow, she studied with artists in Port Townsend and Port Ludlow, learning a variety of techniques that she incorporates into her collage designs.
As a mixed media artist, she creates her own monoprint papers using acrylic paints, stencils, lines, textures and stamps.
Nielsen uses other handmade papers and acrylic paint in her art, and consistently experiments with new and enhanced approaches to emphasize composition and movement in her pieces.
Art in color
Starting with melting crayons on a radiator, Bobanick has always been fascinated with color and texture, according to a press release.
She began working with textiles, sculpting and oil painting and then focused on watercolors and acrylics.
Bobanick has added digital drawing to her list of mediums and sells limited edition prints online.
During the summer, Bobanick lives in Port Ludlow and is inspired by the mountains, flowers and waterscapes of the Olympic Peninsula.
During the winter, she resides in Tucson, Ariz., where she paints the Sonoran desert and all things Southwest.
Art at Bay Club
Also in July, the work of artist Melinie Perry will be on exhibit at the Port Ludlow Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place.
Perry studied fine art at Western Washington University in the hopes of becoming an illustrator of children’s books.
That plan was put on hold when she met and married her husband, Karl, and went on to raise a family, according to a press release.
In 2009, it was time for Perry to once again pick up her paint brushes.
She enrolled in a college course for aspiring children’s book illustrators and it wasn’t long before she fell in love with painting the human form.
She began using colored pencils, but was frustrated with the length of time it took to get the depth of color in the images she created.
At a result, Perry now paints in acrylic.
Many of her paintings have won Best in Show and First Place in juried art shows in both Washington State and Hawaii.
Jewelry at gallery
The work of jeweler Mara Mauch will be on exhibit at the Port Ludlow Art Gallery in July.
Mauch’s love of science makes her work with fused glass exhilarating because it combines the scientific properties of glass with her artistic imagination.
She uses a kiln to fuse several layers of glass with or without dichroic (metallic coatings) or gold or silver inclusions.
She then adds layers of glass and further shapes the pieces by hand and then re-fires them, repeating this process until she obtains the result she wants.
For more information, contact League President Carol Galvan at 360-437-9801 or email her at [email protected]