Three Bellingham Artists at the J

The Jansen Art Center is pleased to present the unique and diverse work of three Bellingham artists. The exhibits will feature abstract paintings, sculpture and impressionist paintings from August 4 through September 30, 2016.
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Barbara Sternberger: Chapters 2014, oil on linen, 20 x 20″

Barbara Sternberger: Successions Fine Arts Gallery

Barbara Sternberger is an abstract artist from Bellingham, Washington. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. After a successful exhibition career in Southern California, Sternberger has been represented by prominent Northwest galleries for over twenty years.

Sternberger describes her process of painting beginning as “a new relationship whose content is revealed in the process of its making. Its subject matter doesn’t come from the immediate external world of objects, but rather, gradually evolves, from an internal vision generated by experience.” She adds, “My paintings bring recognition to a new “place”, which normally isn’t seen, and yet is somehow familiar.”

Barbara Sternberger: Successions, a collection of recent oil paintings, will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery on the main level of the Jansen Art Center. During the opening reception, Sternberger will give a public talk about her work in the Fine Arts Gallery at 6:30.

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Lynne Oulman, Alligator-Woman Spirit, 79 x 73 x 16″, Mixed Media on Steel Plate

Lynne Oulman: State of Affairs Library Gallery

Joining the Jansen Art Center in the Library Gallery is artist Lynne Oulman. Oulman was born in Philadelphia and raised in Portland, Oregon. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon, Eugene and was a Fulbright Scholar, studying at Zagreb University in Yugoslavia. After a long career of teaching, most recently at Northern Arizona University, Oulman moved to Bellingham in 2008. She opened her studio shortly thereafter in 2012.

Oulman describes her work as “a personal, psychological narrative via the interplay of formal concepts of Design.  While the relationship of line, plane, color and surface are significant, I place great importance in the nature of the material.”

She is not only inspired by her materials, but by her complete surroundings: society, history, frustrations, causes. Oulman says that she leads an ordinary existence and that her work becomes her journal, a response to what is happening around her.

Lynne Oulman: State of Affairs is a solo exhibit that combines the artist’s two-dimensional artwork using oil pastel with her three-dimensional mixed media sculptures. The artist invites the viewer to find their own relationship with the artwork.

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Colleen Hoffenbacker: Afternoon Glow, oil on panel, 30 x 36″

Colleen Hoffenbacker: Coastal Impressions Chamber Hall Gallery

Colleen Hoffenbacker is a full-time painter, art instructor and award winning artist from Bellingham, Washington. Born to a military family, Colleen grew up in various small harbor towns from Washington to Maine to Florida. Drawn to marine subjects and coastal scenes, Hoffenbacker returned to Washington to complete her degree in Studio Art.

Her exhibit, Coastal Impressions: The Art of Colleen Hoffenbacker, will be on display in the Chamber Hall Gallery at the Jansen Art Center. Hoffenbacker’s oil paintings capture the feel of coastal living at its best.  She is a classically trained oil painter currently using the alla prima (“all at once”) method.  Each painting is thoughtfully planned and then executed in her Bellingham studio in one energetic, “capture the moment,” session.  This direct approach culminates in works that appear fresh, vibrant and inviting, reflecting the carefree vibe of living by the bay.

Late Summer Juried Art Exhibit

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Women with Head Scarves by Linda Calkins

Join us on August 4 to celebrate the 32 artists that have been chosen for the Late Summer Juried Arts exhibit.

The launch of the exhibit will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m., where guests will be able to get a first look at the newest pieces. The art includes mediums from painting to photography and will be on display until September 30. Many of the artists are local and find inspiration in the Pacific Northwest landscape. Brenda Calvert, who was raised and still lives in Lynden, finds beauty all around her. The countryside, mountains, lakes and flowers of Whatcom County serve as muses for her paintings. Brenda describes her acrylic and oil paintings as “colorfully energetic with happy brush strokes.” Aimee Eggink, an elementary art teacher from Ferndale, has four watercolor paintings in the exhibit. Aimee is inspired by the small moments of beauty in nature and people. She tries to capture the details and colors of her subjects in a natural way. While the artists are local, many have been influenced by their travels, like Lyz Staman. Lyz calls herself an “observant traveler” and has moved 23 times. Her travels include places such as an island in the western Pacific and a 1,300-year-old village in Germany. Lyz is always armed with a small sketchbook that she draws in daily. She has an oil painting in the exhibit. Marie-Claire Dole is another artist who has had the opportunity to see the world. Originally from Switzerland, where she graduated from L’Ecole d’art appliqué of La Chaux-de-Fonds where she earned a degree as a professional goldsmith. She has lived in Mt. Vernon since 1985, where she designs jewelry and paints. Marie-Claire describes color as a source of joy and energy for her, which translates to her work. Three of her jewelry pieces and two works with soft pastels will be on display during the Late Summer Juried Exhibit. Artists included in the exhibit are:
Sandra Abrams Jeff Aspnes Colby Amadeus Barker Hazel Breitkreutz Linda Calkins Brenda Calbert Ann Chaikin Ashley Colemen Marie-Claire Dole Aimee Egglink Kay Mattson Ferris Stephen Hunter Gene Jaress Tiffany Koper-Christian Johannes Kunst Eli Lara Alethea Macomber Valerie Mayer Cristal McQueen Joy S. Olney Nick Payne Sonia Ramsey Norman Riley Barbara Rutherford Alan Sanders Phoebe Smith Lyz Staman Debra Stern Patricia Stigliani Karen Theusen Karen Ver Berg Lynn Zimmerman.

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Sampler August 4-October 6

in the Piano Lounge display case at the J

Featuring jewelry, paintings, pottery and more by:
Peggy Kondo Larry Richmond Shelly Stark Found Leather Goods Marijo Martini Rick Bulman Joy Olney Tommy Gibson David Helm Ria Harboe Brian ONeill Karen Theusen Suzanne Avere Don Anderson Liane Redpath
Visit these artists in their studios the first 2 weekends in October during the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour.