April 16, 2014
Rob Schouten Gallery is proud to present “Stones and Scrolls — Willow and Wax” showing new works by Whidbey artist Kathleen Otley. The show opens April 2 and runs through April 28.
“In this show, I explore the idea of creating new works of art that I hope invoke in the viewer a sense of objects preserved and valued from the past,” Otley said.
Otley’s is a show of lively contemporary works that simultaneously create a feeling of antiquity by way of the artist’s use of ancient scrolls, a primitive painting style, and her clever use of other unexpected materials in her encaustics. Otley also makes new explorations in her bundled-willow wall art. The artist notes that this show will contain an element of surprise, and that she’s doing some different things for this show.
“The willow constructions will feature encaustic work and the encaustic paintings will feature willow,” she said. Otley’s use of mixed elements, including willow sticks, smooth stones, ancient Chinese scrolls, copper wire, feathers, fabric, colorful threads, wax and sweetly painted, colorful birds make her work one-of-a-kind and a pleasure to see. She creates pieces that emit an antique warmth, while also remaining lively and current, making her work suitable for both the modern luxury home, as well as the comfortable country cottage or beach house.
The exhibit runs through Monday, April 28.
Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at historic Greenbank Farm on scenic Whidbey Island. April Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, open Tuesdays by appointment only. For further information, call 360.222.3070 or email info@robschoutengallery.
Photos by Kay Parsons.