Karin Bolstad’s lush paintings are featured at the Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm during the month of August. Her acrylic paintings and mixed media inclusions are rich in symbolism. Karin explains, “I find inspiration from vintage photos and postcards, and then embellish my paintings with found objects from nature, thrift stores, and antique stores. The paintings I am exhibiting illustrate how challenges are growth opportunities, using the archetypal Hero(in)e’s Journey and Dante’s Classic “The Divine Comedy” as the framework, and fueled by my own personal experiences.”
Also featured in August are the works of Dan Freeman. A professional sculptor since 1972, Dan Freeman’s work is shown throughout the Northwest. Dan describes his work as “dreaming with my eyes open.” Using elements found in nature—wood and stone—sometimes combined with the unexpected textures of glass and steel, Dan’s creations celebrate his unique vision and connection to the whole of human experience. Dan adds, “My work is a continuing self-portrait. It’s human. It’s what holds me together – a little bit of color and tension. As an artist, I have a vision of how elements relate and how they should flow together. For me, it’s a real direct line… splicing together elements in a singleness of purpose.”
Come visit the Rob Schouten Gallery this Friday at “First Fridays at the Farm Art and Wine Walk”. All galleries and shops will be open from 5 to 8 PM and the cafe will serve a special evening menu. Karin and Dan will be greeting people at the gallery and visitors will be able to enjoy the electric cello of Siri Bardarson.
Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at historic Greenbank Farm on scenic Whidbey Island amidst rolling hills and forests offering breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. Summer hours are 10 to 5 daily. For further information call 360.222.3070 or visit the website.