Art on Display
Treehouse Café features artwork from local artists rotating through our walls every two months. We showcase all types of artwork from photography, to charcoal artists, to painting. Here is our schedule of featured artists:
March-April, 2016: Shirley Rudolf
My name is Shirley Rudolf, and my lifelong dream was to paint with watercolors so I took six years of semi-private lessons from an accomplished artist in the area where I lived. My paintings reflect “me,” my confidence and expression through the use of vibrant colors and captured details. They encompass a wide range of subjects–floral, landscapes, and animals.
In the last nine years, I have found another medium I enjoy painting with, and that is, acrylics. It’s been a real challenge adjusting from watercolors to acrylics, but over time, even though watercolor is my first love, I LOVE acrylics. Occasionally, I dabble in Pop Art as I love Andy Warhol’s simplicity.
Through the years, I have exhibited as a “Featured Artist” or in group shows with private and artist-owned galleries, wineries/tasting rooms, financial institutions, legal and medical offices, and a variety of corporations and proprietorships throughout CA and WA.
May-June, 2016: Sophie Frieda
My work depicts flowers and plant life in a different way: not just as beautiful objects but as entities that evoke a multitude of emotions. By zooming up close and using patterns of light and shadows, the images becomes less representative and more abstract. This allows viewers to free themselves from preconceptions and become immersed in the essence, mood and mystery of the subject matter.
July-August, 2016: Walter Ball
Walt is a third generation, lifetime islander. He is self taught and feels that he was driven from an early age. His early influences were Mark Tobey, Jasper Johns and Pollock.
Walt frames his works himself, although not very skillfully. You are welcome to correct this.
Walt works in everything from acrylic and encaustic to watercolor and batik. He never had the patience for oils his works are enjoyed throughout the island and on both coasts. He is of Irish descent and enjoys a lively debate or a fist fight. Your choice.
September-October, 2016: Photos from the Silent World
This photography project for deaf children on Ometepe is jointly sponsored by the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association (BOSIA) and the Bainbridge Island Photo Club. The purpose of the project is to give these children the opportunity to express themselves creatively to the deaf and hearing communities on both islands.
In January of 2015 a group of eleven BOSIA delegates carried to Ometepe fifteen new digital cameras, generously donated by members of the photo club. The delegates met with the children for a few hours one morning and loaned each of them a camera. With the assistance of a local Nicaraguan Sign Language interpreter, they explained the project and taught them how to use the cameras. The instructions they were given were simple: tell us your story, show us your friends, your family, your island and your lives.
Members of the photo club printed two of the best photos by each child and prepared them for exhibitions on BI and in Nicaragua. When the exhibitions are finished, the photos will be returned to the children to keep. For a 6 minute video of the project by Brenda Berry: bainbridgeometepe.org/archives/3345.
November-December, 2016: Neil Johannsen
Neil Johannsen was raised on a working ranch in Northern California. He holds three degrees in the natural sciences and is retired director of Alaska State Parks. Formerly chief of operations for California State Parks, he has been a serious student of art for his entire life, having presented many successful shows of his work. His art is in more than fifty private collections around the world.
Artist’s Statement: Art has been my lifelong pal, traveling companion, a damn good friend, really. But…we fight a lot. We fight over ideas, light, media, realism, abstraction, interpreting nature’s beauty, mourning its loss. At times we nearly come to blows over ego, rejection, joy, and the almost constant niggling that what we do together is never good enough.
Think art pieces that shout NATURE!: A Cormorant diving from a flash of sunlight on the ocean, a Peregrine Falcon diving at 200 mph, a Yukon scene filled with green light and a the glow of a yellow moon.