Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Brambles, Brush & Beauty’—new paintings by Kathleen Frugé-Brown

Posted in Community News, Visual Art

August 5, 2015

Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to present “Brambles, Brush & Beauty,” new oil paintings by noted en plein air artist, Kathleen Frugé-Brown. The exhibit opens Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 31 at Whidbey’s Greenbank Farm.

Take a walk now through the forests and thickets and along rivers and streams of the Northwest through the eyes of one of our region’s most talented plein air  painters.

“I like painting things that are challenging. In nature everything is always moving—the water, the leaves, the sun. I’ll look at a scene and think, “How could I possibly paint that”? Frugé-Brown said. “Typically, what I enjoy painting has a lot of layers. I like to look past the stuff on the surface to find what is hidden—looking past the weeds to see the foliage, looking past the foliage to discover the branches.”

Whether creating a public commission or working on a more intimate oil painting, Frugé-Brown brings the same sense of purpose and passion to her work to awaken in viewers the feeling of connection and wholeness that she feels when she’s painting outside. She strives to make each brushstroke an exuberant and reverent response to nature.

“My hope is to share that with others, through paintings that invite viewers into a special place and moment, and through public art that strengthens and celebrates viewers’ connection to their own landscape,” she said.

Please join us from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 during Greenbank Farm’s “First Friday at the Farm,” for an Artist’s Reception to see the new exhibit and to meet Kathleen. The Pies Café will be open for dinner, while the galleries and shops welcome visitors to enjoy refreshments, meet the featured artists and enjoy some beautiful art—all while roaming around beautiful Greenbank Farm on a summer’s evening. We’d love to see you!

Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at 765 Wonn Road, #C-103 at the historic Greenbank Farm. Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  For further information, call 360.222.3070 or email

Artwork at top is “Maples, June,” oil painting on canvas, Kathleen Frugé-Brown

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