Nov. 12, 2014
Blooms Winery Taste for Wine & Art features the annual “Hundred Bucks Art Show” in November and December of each year. In this show multiple artists combine to create a show that is diverse in its appeal and all art is priced at $100 or under. This year’s show includes six wall artists and a wide variety of styles plus fiber arts and jewelry.
Kathleen Otley, whose art career spans 42 years and began in northern California, has been a Whidbey resident since 2005. Creating contemporary primitive art, she is regionally known and has won many accolades for her work, which includes three-dimentional willow wall hangings, mixed media and encaustics. Kathleen Otley was invited to the White House in 1993 to be one of the artists to create an ornament for the Christmas Tree.
George Jennings is a painter of renown who learned under the tutelage of his grandfather—accomplished DC artist John Robinson. In the 1990s George and his wife moved to the Northwest. In George’s finely detailed acrylic paintings he expresses a sense of the feeling of peace he feels while creating them.
Anne Smidt is a mixed media artist working in encaustic—the method of hot wax painting using bees wax. Anne says she is able to channel her emotions into her appreciation of the positive forces in nature, trying to strive to express what she believes is sacred to life and land.
Janet Pheifer creates shadow boxes filled with found objects. She uses collected and combined mixed media, handmade papers and tedious detail to create wonderful boxes full of treasure and meaning. Janet has worked for years as a finish carpenter and her skills in woodworking and attention to detail help her create these wonderful pieces.
The photography of Karen Leeds returns to the show. With her eye for the unique in everyday life, Karen can capture feeling in a simple photograph. Her work is a combination of local scenes and images taken over the years through her travels.
Anna Davis creates pastels and oil paintings. Raised by nature-loving artist parents, she learned a love of art early on. Anna views her painting as a way of slowing down to treasure the world filled with wonder. She studied art in Florence, Italy as well as Gage Fine Art in Seattle. She and her husband have a landscaping business, keeping her centered on her love of nature.
The Hundred Bucks Art Show will run for the months of November and December at Blooms Winery Tasting Room & Art Gallery at the historic Bayview Corner Cash Store. The Tasting Room is open Thursday to Monday. More information can be found at the website www.bloomswinery.com or by calling 360-321-0515.