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The Island Gallery
106 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110


Tel. 206-780-9500
Fax. 206-780-7811
For more information, contact
Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner
ssn@theislandgallery.net


December 6, 2004. For immediate release.
Exhibition: ART IN WOOD GROUP SHOW, Gregory Glynn, Carlos Sosa and Gary Quitslund
Exhibition Dates: December 10, 2004 - January 7, 2005
Opening Reception: Friday, December 10, 6-8 p.m.


During the months of December and January, The Island Gallery, in conjunction with a wood fired ceramics show, will exhibit new works by Gregory Glynn, local sculptor, complemented by furniture in cherry, walnut and maple designed and built by Bainbridge Island wood artists Carlos Sosa and Gary Quitslund.

Working with native Yew and Madrone, Gregory has sculpted 8 distinctive pieces varying in texture and form. Long, tapering tusk-like forms hang concavely off the wall on one side of the gallery. Wood spheres cut from a large recently fallen Madrone tree crack and split as they dry, the unpredictable changes giving the pieces a sense of being alive and allowing the hand of nature and time to impact the final result. In two more free standing wood sculptures, carved from the same large slab of wood, the split has been left untouched, bringing attention to their previous connection. Carlos has built a range of tables, in recycled Fir, Red Cedar and Western Walnut that have been on display at the gallery; his newest creation combines live edged Walnut and Maple. Gary, known for a broad range of furniture elements, is displaying a wall jewelry cabinet with live edge Cherry, a one-of-a kind bathroom door in Fir, a full-length mirror in Cherry and Maple, and a novel and practical tabletop bookcase made from Walnut.

The Artists. All three wood artists live on Bainbridge Island and work with downed trees of the island. Gregory’s sculpture has been exhibited throughout the region, most recently at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center and Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture Park on San Juan Island. Their work is an exploration of the tree and is intended to accentuate the natural characteristics and inherent tendencies of wood. As Gregory states, “I want the abstract forms I create to have a timeless quality. I try to honor each tree by sharing its history and character without the distraction of representation. I want my work to open up new ways of seeing nature in a sculptural form that is not far removed from its origin.”