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Banners and monotypes on exhibit at The Island Gallery
The Island Gallery will present the art of Carter Smith and Renée Jameson in Winslow through July 27.
An artists’ reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 on First Friday, with musical entertainment by the Julie Duke Band on the Plaza.
The July shows feature silk shibori banners and new fashions from Smith, one of America’s finest shibori artists.
The gallery also introduces Jameson, a Bainbridge Island whose monotypes reflect summer’s color spectrum.
Smith has been dyeing one-of-a-kind fabrics since 1965 when he learned tie-dye techniques from his mother. Originally working in silk, he created and sold 30,000 individual stretched pieces and banners, eventually adding to his process over 40 new steps that multiplied into over a thousand techniques.
After successfully helping launch the careers of several designers, Carter decided to start making his own clothing, and now sells his hand-dyed original fashions both nationally and internationally. Notables who have worn his creations include Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Aretha Franklin, Allie McGraw, Alice Walker, Dionne Warwick, Maya Angelou, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Jesse Norman, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Anne Austin, Kim Novak, Cassandra Wilson, Mary Travers, Jan Robinson, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and others.
Jameson was born in Western Washington and grew up in Seattle. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and is currently a monotype artist living and working on Bainbridge Island. Her work has been shown locally and can be found in private collections in Washington and California.
The artist notes: “I walk almost daily along the shoreline and am inspired by the constantly changing sky. I am particularly captivated by the effect of the morning light as the sun rises … I try to create a world the viewer can interpret and respond to in their own way. In this way I consider myself an abstract artist. My objective is to create a mood and atmosphere that will evoke an emotion in the viewer and possibly a memory from the past.
“My process involves laying down carefully mixed layers of colored ink… I create intrigue and mystery through my use of light which I achieve by beginning with a bright background and layering over that with mostly transparent ink. At the point where I have four to five layers the work begins to take on a life of its own and I try to let go of expectations and just let it flow.”
The Island Gallery is at 400 Winslow Way E., Suite 120.
For more information, call 206-780-9500 or visit www.theislandgallery.net.