Local Sculpture Artists Defined at Artists Registry Show


Local Sculpture Artists Defined at Artists Registry Show

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

More than 80 local artists are participating in this year’s Artists Registry (AR) exhibit at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). Notably, 19 sculpting artists submitted pieces, some well-known and others showing their work for the first time.

One of the newcomers is San Juan Island artist Jesse Berube. His piece, titled Iroko Multiscale Mandocello, is an outstanding example of next-level woodworking and lutherie, the art of making stringed musical instruments. Berube has been learning and practicing the trade for more than 15 years. Of his work, he says, “It’s wonderfully fulfilling but strenuous and so often inglorious. I sculpt and plane, glue and reglue, it’s reductive and additive, it’s dreaming and conceptualizing, solving problems and optimizing, it’s intuition and the Pythagorean theorem.

Oklahoma native and San Juan Island resident Kristen Douglas-Seitz has shown her work for many years on the AR show. She is a skilled animal bronze sculptor in metal carving, tooling and patinas. Douglas-Seitz says her work serves to encourage the admiration and preservation of wildlife and natural spaces. His piece in this year’s show is titled Spirit Journey, depicting a moving bronze stallion.

Terry Ogle is well known for his sculptural art, often featuring locally sourced wood. His AR piece, Sunset Madrone is an example of this. Ogle says, “This carving started out as a slice of a hollow branch from an old Madrona tree branch on the west side of San Juan Island. The old tree had seen its last days. While sculpting it, I imagined it in a different way. The tree was on the shore where eagles perched on its branches and the killer whale hunted salmon through the currents and waves. It was a landmark and now hopefully a worthy tribute to her majesty.

Lopez Island artist Michael Peterson has selected his piece, Habitat IV, for this year’s AR show. Peterson says her work is grounded in the natural world, which is evident in this sculpture, depicting a bird resting on a slab of bark. Peterson says, “My sculptural work evolves from the manufacturing process and develops its own logic. Habitat IV is inspired by the arrangement of an abstract vessel and a sculpted bird form.

Don’t miss the sculptural work of several other artists: Bruce Clark, Joe Cooper, Lori Ann David, Louis Gilbert-James, Jim Lawrence, Laura Long, Sammy Long, Barbara McIntyre, Ranna McNeil, Maria Michaelson, Gerry Newcomb, Stephen O’Melveny, Tom Small, Lloyd Thompson, William Weissinger and Susan Williams. The AR show will remain at SJIMA until February 21. Located in Friday Harbor at 540 Spring Street, admission to the museum is $10. SJIMA members and those 18 and under are admitted free. Museum hours are Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays are Pay as You Can Days. For more information visit www.sjima.org

The Artist Registry show is sponsored by the Honeywell Charitable Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, San Juan Island Community Foundation, City of Friday Harbor, Anonymous, Printonyx, Browne’s Home Center and Harbor Rentals.

For more information or if you have any questions, contact: Diane Martindale at 360-370-5814 or diane.martindale@rockisland.com, or Jan Murphy at 360-298-2195 or janmurphy.artistregistry@gmail.com.

Contributed photo Michael Peterson “Habitat IV”

Contributing photo Jesse Berube??s ??Iroko Multiscale Mandocello??

Contributed photo “Iroko Multiscale Mandocello” by Jesse Berube


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