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The Island Gallery
100- 106 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110

Tel. 206-780-9500
For more information, contact
Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner

May 2, 2006. For immediate release.

Exhibition Dates: May 5-31, 2006
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 6-8 p.m.
Woodworking Demonstration: Keith Mesirow, Arts Walk, Sunday, May 7, 1-3 p.m.

The Island Gallery is pleased to honor our artists who collaborate across cultures, as part of the Bainbridge Island Humanities Inquiry, Sharing an Ocean, Living on the Pacific Rim. The gallery represents five American textile artists who are on the leading edge of textile art on the Pacific Rim, three who have studios in Indonesia and are collaborating with local artists to produce contemporary batik textiles and two who are utilizing Japanese shibori techniques to create their own dynamic wearable art creations. Six Northwest wood artists represented by the gallery make wood furniture with Japanese techniques and design influences and all thirty of our wood fire ceramic artists have studied Japanese ceramic design and technology. This collaboration across cultures is part of a dynamic continuum where the inspiration in design and technology goes in both directions, through study and travel between our countries.

Slide Show

During the month of May, the gallery will show a slide show that features a batik workshop sponsored by the gallery and non-profit Institute for Cross Cultural Art during the summer of 2005, where an American artist, Nia Fliam, and her husband, Indonesian artist Agus Ismoyo, taught batik techniques to a group of Northwest textile enthusiasts gathered on Bainbridge Island. Nia and Agus also collaborated with Susan and Michael Pavel from the Skokomish Indian Nation to produce a design reflecting their native cultures that will in turn become part of a collaborative art piece with African and Australian Aboriginal artists in a traveling exhibition around the world in 2007, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Nia and Agus also exhibited and demonstrated their art form at the Bellevue Art Museum during their stay here last year.

Another part of the slide show will feature a wood firing at the Santatsugama Three Dragon Kiln in Seabeck, Washington, representative of the traditional Japanese anagama kiln, which is owned by area potters Ken Lundemo and Steve Sauer. It is a long tunnel shaped structure with a firebox at one end and a chimney at the other. Often built on a hill, the kiln’s intense heat produces the elegant wood fired ceramics revered in Japan and with a growing following throughout the United States and abroad. The Santatsugama is fired about four times a year. During firings, some 8-9 potters work in shifts over several weeks. Steve Sauer says that the anagama “has stood the test of time and for me is the most inspirational. For its ware is unmatched in its subtle beauty, organic and true to life processes.”

Japanese Furniture Making Demonstration at Arts Walk, Sunday, May 7. Local wood artist, Keith Mesirow, will show and discuss his Japanese woodworking tools and demonstrate some of the techniques that he incorporates from studying in Japan. See images of Japanese woodworking tools in the attached postcard and poster (tools owned by Keith Mesirow, photo credit Susan Neal Roth).

The Island Gallery - Contemporary adaptations of ancient artistic traditions: Indonesian Textile Art, Wood-Fired Ceramics and Wood Objects from Northwest Artists. A portion of the Gallery's profits help support the non-profit Institute for Cross Cultural Art, promoting the preservation and development of traditional art forms and facilitating interaction of artists.