Artists of the Month – Abstract Critique Group – Creating During Covid
While so many of our normal activities came to a standstill during the Covid pandemic, members of the abstract critique group have been meeting online every week for critique and camaraderie. The result of their exciting abstract work will be on exhibit at the Sound Community Bank in Port Ludlow during May.
When you think of things in motion as an art theme, your initial idea might be capturing the movement of a human body doing sports or dancing. While this would be a common notion, consider other types of motion, such as machines, cars, boats, trains, birds, animals, water, trees, weather or fire.
For the past five years, Patricia Webber of the Port Ludlow Art League has hosted a very active and successful abstract art critique group that met once a month. During the pandemic, the abstract critique group pivoted to weekly meetings using Zoom software. Attendees share their artwork with a friendly and constructive caring group of peers that’s both encouraging and inspiring.
A walk-by exhibit featuring 25 quilts – both vintage and contemporary – will be on display at 675 Tyler Street, Port Townsend. The exhibit has been organized by the North Olympic Chapter of Surface Design Association. Created or collected by eight textile artists, the pieces are on display through May.
As the result of the pandemic, Shirley has found more time to focus on her artwork and explore new media. While her last art exhibit featured her colored pencil work, lately Shirley has been working with watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media—always leavened with a little bit of whimsy. Whether it’s the subject matter, such as old toys, pets, and wildlife; or Shirley’s perspective, viewers will see her quirky sense of humor shining through.
Following Governor Inslee’s latest guidelines, the Port Ludlow Art League will resume the art exhibits at the Port Ludlow Resort and Inn. In addition, the Port Ludlow Art League Gallery will be open every Thursday and Friday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Scale as it relates to art can mean artwork that challenges the viewer’s expected perception of the relative size of objects. This approach emphasizes the contrast in the size of objects, such as close-up or magnified, proportion, or large versus minuscule. For example, Jeff Koons, an American artist known for his pop culture artwork, achieved scale by creating giant balloon animal sculptures in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces.