Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PAL Members Participate in Art Slam

In celebration of the 8th anniversary of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month, the Tacoma Arts Commission is hosting an Art Slam on Wednesday, November 18. Doors open at 6:30 and the event runs from 7 to 9 pm at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma.

What is an Art Slam? In a fast-paced format, a selection of work by local visual and performing artists will be projected on the big screen, set to a soundtrack of musical accompaniment. Live dance and spoken word performances will be interspersed between segments of the show. An accompanying description of artists’ work and contact information will be included in a program. Artists of all mediums and genres will show their work, ranging from the very accomplished to the up and coming. Everyone presents their work in the same format. The Art Slam is a place for artists and art enthusiasts to gather and share their work in a non-competitive atmosphere. The event is meant to be a fun, relaxed and inspiring evening, reminding us why we create art in the first place.

Several PAL artists will have work shown in the Art Slam, including Judy Buskirk, Judy Gilbert, Anne Moore Knapp, and Kari Tirrell. The Art Slam is free and open to the public. Join us for a reception in the Rialto lobby following the event.

Read the Tacoma News Tribune article here.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

PAL member in transit

Greetings fellow PAL members,
I have been invited to be a guest author so thought it might be of interest if I reported on the museum... our beloved Metropolitian. As many of you know, I'm studying art in NYC for the next 2-3 years so my focus is the realist style. Before returning to Washinton for Thanksgiving, I had to see the collection of Vermeer paintings as the exhibition ends soon. http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={EC38F2E1-BA19-4D5F-845F-A5C44CB90A9E} Arriving on the steps 30 minutes early with 100 or more other art lovers we easily swelled to 250+ before the doors opened . Luckily I only saw maybe 30 heading towards the exhibition so I didn't have too many people to dodge to see "The Milkmaid" one of his most famous/beloved works. Yes the work was extrordinairy from the color mixing, through the sense of light, to the treatment of edges and I was honored to lay eyes on the real thing... as we all know there is no comparison in a reproduction... even a good one. Having never seen his work outside of books, I sought out "Young Woman with a Water Pitcher" as compositionally I prefer this work and was curious to see the actual colors of this more muted palette use yet the work didn't have the same strength as the famed Milkmaid.
Curiosly as the crowds were packing tightly around the 2 mentioned works (writing notes, studying technique, making sketches...) I wandered towards a sleeper piece that was in my opinion the jewel of the show "A young woman at her toilet with her maid." The colors were rich (although not as pimary or as high chroma as the milkmaid) with plenty of interest in both highlight and shadow areas. The flesh tones and brushwork was impecable. The asset which really made me think was his treatment of edges and how he used the technique to bring the viewer in and purposly draw the eye through the composition as if to be sure no area of the picture plain was neglected. My impression was that this was not just a piece to favor the scene, the subject or even the models. This was a celebration of accomplished ablities as an artist in reguard to technique and command over his skills to direct his audience where he wished the viewer to follow. As a recently returning student to the arts, this was one lesson that you always read about but I finally witnessed from Borch, another master artist in the collection. -Feather

Monday, October 26, 2009

artists gone "wild"

Hi PAL members. I want to thank the art league for helping me with scholarship funding for my recent artist in residence at Gates of the Arctic National Park, and thank you to all of you who attended my presentation at the last meeting. It is particularly rewarding to be able to share such a special experience with you. I hope some of you might be interested in applying for a National Parks residency, or a PAL adult scholarship if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing more art and hearing more about your projects.... join the blog! Thanks Kari. robin

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Peninsula Art League Meeting at New Location

The meeting yesterday evening at the newly constructed Boy's and Girl's club was very well attended, with an estimated seventy people. Seating was full, so more chairs were found and brought in by members. The building is lovely, with high ceilings and nice finish work, and the seating was comfy, if crowded.
We may have a double sized space next month or keep the same space, anticipating an average turnout of 40-50 people.

The presentations are always interesting, though having been compelled to leave early, I cannot report on this one.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Amazing Open Show at Civic Center!

The Peninsula Art League's 7th Annual Open Juried Show at the Gig Harbor Civic Center is truely amazing. The wide variety of mediums, styles, and approaches represented makes you wonder how the jurors (Dan Riley and Joe MacKechnie) could ever choose the award winners. Kari Tirrell's pastel, "Sunny Spot", the Best of Show winner is in view as you come in the front- great soft detail and mood of a lounging golden retriever, hangs close by PAL Board award winner, "Kimonoscape", a collage by Fumiko Kimura, featuring great movement and intriguing juxtaposition of pattern. Lynda Lindner's First Place winning portrait of "Sarah" is spellbinding- the clarity of the eye is especially amazing. George Milliken' s watercolor of "Peggy's Cove" won 2nd place, is a great example of technical excellence tempered by love of place. Cal Capener's "Katrina", in oil, won 3rd Palace, and while it was worthy of the award, his "Nisqually Wildlife Refuge" drew me even more. The photography in the show is really superlative- Donald Cayce's photo, "Dry Flowers" won Honorable mention, but all is really worth studying. Marti Green's watercolor "Winter Mountain" also won Honorable mention, watch for her "Hollyhocks" too, both have great spontaneity. Jiachang Xu's "Lady with a Violin" is a very free and textural portrait in oil, and Mike Ferguson's acrylic 'Blanket on Box", a quirky colorful piece; both won Donor awards, and both had other equally great pieces in the show. The noteworthy thing about this show is the consistent quality of the artwork, each piece has an original view or handling. I have been through a few times and I am still finding new aspects of the pieces to admire. I admit to a few of my own favorites: Pat Meras' pastel of "Pondering in Tuscany" takes me right to the place; Mary McInnis' oil, "Road Trip Nap", has such a great unexpected viewpoint and extreme contrast; Dianne Gardner's oil "Three Minutes" captures the bunched muscles of the parade to post at a horse race from an unusual perspective. I have too many paintings to remark on- there's over 80 pieces in the show! You don't want to miss this show which runs through November 13th.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour 2009

This weekend, 35 artists from the Greater Gig Harbor area will be opening their studios to the public in a free, self-guided tour. This is a unique opportunity to connect with professional artists in our community, watch demonstrations and ask questions about their creative processes, and purchase original art directly from the artists in their studio environment.

Of the 35 participants in the Tour, 17 are PAL members: Arvid Anderson, Giorgina Candelaria Wells, Alain Clerc, Dianne Gardner, Karen Geiger, Judy Gilbert, Lynn Guenard, Gary Jackson, Carol Ann Johnson, Kate Larsson, Mary McInnis, Pat Meras, Beverly Pedersen, Judy Schiner, Kari Tirrell, Donna Trent, and Janice Wagner.

The artists’ studios will be open September 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org for a tour map and information about the participating artists.

Enjoy the tour!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Meet Pat Meras During the Gig Harbor Art Walk!

Pat Meras will be painting at the Harbor Gallery during the Gig Harbor Art Walk on Saturday, September 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

"The Tuscan Countryside" by Pat Meras
22 x 27, Soft Pastel

Pat is the featured artist at the Harbor Gallery during the month of September. Her stunning pastel paintings will be available at the gallery all month, but Pat will only be painting there on Saturday. This is your chance to meet Pat and see her in action!

Visit Pat’s Blog

More info about Pat

Harbor Gallery
3155 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 851-8626

Sunday, July 19, 2009

3 PAL Members come home with Awards


Three PAL members walked away with 3rd place awards at the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation in conjunction with Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Emerald Downs Equine Art 2009 Show in July. George Hinneman won third place for his lovely watercolor, Kris Nail won third place in mixed media with a dynamic entry, and Dianne Gardner also walked away as a third place winner with her oil painting Liked Minds.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

PAL's Summer Art Festival is Happening NOW!


Get on down there! The Peninsula Art League's Summer Art Festival is happening right now in Gig Harbor, Saturday July 18 , 10am-7pm & Sunday July 19, 10am-5pm, on Judson Street down by the Post Office. Over 120 booths of fine art, crafts, good food, music and lots of fun stuff. The weather's perfect for shopping and the good deals are going fast! While you're there, stop in at Key Bank to take a look at PAL's art show, where you'll see a dazzling variety of styles and mediums by our members.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Great American Artwork Award at NPS International Show

I was honored just to be juried into the Northwest Pastel Society's International Exhibit at American Art Company Gallery in Tacoma. It is a very strong show, beautifully hung at a lovely Gallery. I am so appreciative that my "Barley Cottage' piece won the Great American Artwork Award from juror, Greg Biolchini. The "cottage" is an original building in the Ebbey's Landing area on Whidbey Island. I used my plein air background to help me to capture the feeling of the evening light and the mood of the scene. I have been experimenting with using a textural underlay as part of my composition and intensifying my colors. I plan to explore this marriage of texture and pastels further. I have another textural pastel piece in the Peninsula Art League Summer Art Festival Show at Key Bank this weekend (July 18-19). It is a bit more abstract piece of lupine flowers (entitled Lupine Spires) and I had a lot of fun with the colors, and went back with hard pastels to draw and emphasize the flowers. I am still a dedicated Plein Air artist but I definitely think that the textural details will be part of my studio pastel pieces for the foreseeable future.
Anne Moore Knapp

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Northwest Light", a solo exhibit of pastel paintings by Pat Meras

"The Delightful Marriage Of Poppy And Lavender"

An exhibit entitled "Northwest Light", of nearly 50 pastel paintings by Pat Meras is on display at the Olympic Gallery, 321 W Railroad Ave. Shelton, WA. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tu-Fri & 10-4 Sat, closed Sun & Mon. The exhibit will hang until the end of August 2009.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Painting Accepted into NPS International Exhibit

My painting “Idle Moments” was accepted into the Northwest Pastel Society’s 23rd Annual International Open Exhibit, which will be held at American Art Company in Tacoma. The show runs from July 16 through August 15, 2009. Check out the gallery’s web site for address and directions.



"Idle Moments"
24” x 28”
Soft Pastel on Suede Matboard