SaturdayAugust 13 / 10am-5pm – Join Cole Gallery artists for out first Edmonds Plein Air Paint Out! They’ll set up their easels in Edmonds and paint our local beauty. Find their locations by following us on Facebook and Twitter #colegallerypaintout. Here’s the line-up for Saturday:
Brooke Borcherding, guest artist and formerly at Cole, won 1st Placeat Cannon Beach’s Annual Plein Air Festival in July. She’ll be painting 10am-noon. See her recent work here.
Sandy Byers and Deb Cepeda, 10am-2pm, see Sandy’s website here and Deb’s work here.
Plein Air award winner Jennifer Diehl, coming all the way from her home near Portland to join us, will be painting noon-5pm .
The French phrase “en plein air” means “in the open air”. Painting en plein air was big with French and American Impressionists, who loved to capture fleeting moments of outdoor beauty, changing with the light of the passing day. Painting outdoors requires certain skills and can be quite challenging. Plein Air painting is still popular with artists and art enthusiasts today!
Coming Up ~
♦ Plein Air Paint Out in Edmonds Part II, Saturday September 10th! Join gallery artists, including Angela Bandurka and Joe Mac Kechnie and more in this fun event! These wonderful artists will be found enjoying the outdoors and painting the beautiful town and scenery of Edmonds. Look for them around town, or join in on the painting yourself!
♦ Then come back for the Plein Air show at Cole Gallery on Art Walk on Thurs Sept 15!
All the Plein Air art will be available for viewing and for purchase at that time.
July brings us longer days and beautiful summer nights. We wanted to celebrate and explore the beauty of the evening – the alluring city lights and and the bewitching night skies – in our upcoming exhibit ‘Nocturne ~ Night Scenes featuring Angela Bandurka & Ron Stocke’.
From Angela Bandurka:
“I’ve been drawing to painting night scenes for a couple of years, beginning in my studio painting candles. The light is so unique when you paint in the dark – and the challenge of painting with a small lamp on my canvas and palette are exhilarating. This upcoming series of nocturnal images deal with a city at night, and looking into store windows and the peaceful solitude of the city in the evening after the shops have closed. I used resource photography for most of the paintings I’m working on this time around, which presents its own challenges. Getting to my settings before it’s fully dark, but allowing the contrast to be heightened after the sun sets. Playing with cool and warm light sources. I limited my palette, using no black but instead a mix of browns and blues for my darks which allowed me to switch between warm and cool darks easily without making my painting look heavy or muddy. I have really enjoyed painting these pieces and look forward to continuing the series.”
From Ron Stocke:
“Night scenes can be a challenge for watercolorist. Most of the time the sky is our lightest value in a painting, but when painting a nocturnal piece, your darkest values are usually in the sky. This presents a challenge of where to begin your piece. For me, it’s all about the light. Daylight can be more harsh with a single, bright light source coming from above. Night scenes can be lit by multiple sources of light in any direction, in different color temperatures, and with varied shadows. This gives me the freedom to play with lost and found edges, to create interesting and dramatic reflections, and silhouetted figures – all of which can really impact the mood of the painting. This series was exhilarating to create as it was technically challenging and at the same time allowed for some exciting artistic expression.”
Join us for a special evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres, celebrating these artists at the Nocturne Show on Saturday July 9th, 6:30-9:00pm.
Cole Gallery’s 9th Annual Invitational Anniversary Show runs now through April 18 and features over 70 new pieces of paintings, sculpture, glass, and wood art from the over 45 nationally known gallery artists. A show celebration and artist’s reception open to the public took place on March 17th from 5-8pm during the Edmonds Art Walk where attendees enjoyed appetizers, deserts, and beverages. As an added delight during the reception, there was a memorable viola performance on a fused glass instrument created by artist Gary Word also on exhibition for the show.
In honor of the anniversary and as a thank you to the community, the gallery is taking 10% off all art through March 20th which includes art from across the nation and around the world including but not limited to, Irish painter Austin Dwyer, California sculptor Giuseppe Palumbo, Montana watercolorist Kendahl Jan Jubb, and Washington painters Andy Eccleshall, Kate Steiger, and Mike Wise.
“Although we specialize in NW regional art and artists, we have artists from all over the country, and even from Europe that apply to show in the gallery each month,” said Denise Cole, gallery owner. “We only take the truly brilliant painters or sculptors with a more accessible price point. This has enabled us to grow a huge regional and national audience and has kept new and different art coming in each month.”
Show goers will find diverse genres of work ranging from elegant classical realism to whimsical impressionist finger painting, all in various sizes. The show published on the gallery’s website – ColeGallery.net – last week with sales commencing before the show officially opened on March 12. According to the gallery, 80% of their collectors repeat business and stay vigilant for new arrivals online adding to early sales. “They are part of our ‘Collector’s Club’ and as part of that group, we give them 10% off all art and put on special catered events and parties, often with live jazz (thanks to my hubby, saxophonist, Rich Cole!) We love our collectors and treat them well!”
Cole said the secret to the gallery’s success comes from their phenomenal artists and wonderful collectors, supporters, and community. “I feel like our gallery is a great example of what a difference a community can make on a business. I am so honored and truly blessed to be a part of Edmonds.”
The gallery has had an unprecedented number of sales, showing the amazing support of our collectors. Over 27 pieces of original art are now going to new homes! Visit our website to see the entire show and to check out pieces that are still available and looking for new, loving homes! The pieces pictured below are all still available.