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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

October 28, 2005. For immediate release.

Exhibition: ON THE EDGE, Northwest Wood Artists. Christian Burchard, Tom Dolese, Debra Greiner, Gregory Glynn, Steve Hall, Keith Mesirow, Alan Rosen, Ted Scherrer and Robert Spangler
Exhibition Dates: November 4, 2005 Ė November 30, 2005
Reception to Meet the Artist: Friday, November 4, 6-8 p.m.

During the month of November, The Island Gallery will feature the wood furniture and sculpture of nine Northwest artists. Their work explores a continuum from pieces that seek to reveal the natural flow of the wood to those that strive to impose manís vision on the material.

Nature inspired sculptures range from an unfinished wood slab to exquisitely turned burl baskets and gourds. An unfinished sycamore slab and an 800 year old Asian gong stand majestically as sculptures on frames designed by Mesirow. Glynnís elongated bone cut from a walnut branch suggests the connection between human and plant forms, while Greinerís series of blue bamboo wall sculptures are inspired by the Stellerís jay. Burchard, from Oregon, works with Pacific madrone burl to create a series of spherical forms as well as a rippled bleached wall sculpture that offers fragments of memory and imagination that challenge the viewer.

Furniture in the exhibit reflects a range of styles from Craftsman to Pacific Rim. Both Rosen and Spangler have a style which is a unique blend of contemporary and Asian influence, developed over 30 years as designers of fine furniture. Rosenís walnut and Australian lacewood desk and chair, and wenge and white oak hall table, as well as his walnut/bubinga dining set and cherry bar stools, attest to the broad range of his work. Spanglerís bubinga Tansu and walnut Doig bench reflect the subtle Asian influence in his work. Doleseís cherry spider table adds a whimsical touch, while Scherrerís walnut Morris Chair, and Hallís desk, chair and bar stool, in cherry wood, reveal the simple lines and high integrity of their designs.

The Artists.

All nine wood artists live in the Northwest. Robert Spangler, Gregory Glynn and Keith Mesirow live on Bainbridge Island. Keith is recognized for his skill in Japanese woodworking. Gregory is known for his ability to use local woods in sculptures and in creating large-scale installations in park settings, most recently in Pritchard Park on Bainbridge Island, Port Angeles Fine Art Center and Westcott Bay Reserve Sculpture Park on San Juan Island. Debra Greiner lives in Suquamish, has apprenticed with a Tlingit sculptor, and has worked as an artist/sculptor in the Seattle area and film industry in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Robert Spangler has been designing furniture for over 30 years, producing a wide range of furniture including bed suites, dining tables and cabinets which have been featured in numerous shows and magazine articles.

Tom Dolese, Steve Hall, Ted Scherrer and Alan Rosen live and work in the Bellingham area. Tedís furniture is inspired by the American Arts and Crafts movement and he specializes in making settles and chairs from sustainable harvested woods. Tom, Steve and Alan build a range of furniture pieces with a number of different woods from the Northwest and other parts of the world. Alan has developed his own style which is a unique blend of classical, contemporary and Asian influence over 30 years as a designer-craftsman of fine furniture and cabinetry.

Christian Burchard lives and works in Ashland, Oregon. His early focus was on furniture and interiors but gradually shifted to woodturning and sculpture, moving between vessel oriented forms and sculptural turning. His work has been included in most of the major turning related exhibits of the last ten years and is exhibited widely throughout the U.S. His pieces are part of many public and private collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

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 Galleryís 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.