Whidbey weavers show fiber artists’ handiwork

More than 2,000 selections of fiber art will be displayed during “Uncommon Threads,” an exhibition and sale put on by the Whidbey Weavers Guild where colorful craftsmanship can be seen in hand-woven and hand-dyed clothing and accessories, linens, rugs, holiday decorations, handspun yarns and knitting, felting, handmade paper, basketry and jewelry.

These 150 fiber artists will hold their fourth annual exhibit from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, on Whidbey Island. Members also will model and demonstrate their weaving, spinning and basketry techniques.

“The Golden Mean: Whidbey Phisland Landscapes”: This is an exhibit of a new series of oil paintings by Lauren Taibi.

The opening reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Raven Rocks Studio, 220 First St., Langley. The show runs through Nov. 30.

Taibi has produced local landscapes based on The Golden Mean, a method of proportional division that dates back to before 400 BC. This can be seen in the natural world in the spirals in seashells and the patterns in flower designs, among other places. “Phisland Landscapes” is a play on the word “Phi,” from the name Phidias, the Greek sculptor and mathematician who played a part in building the Parthenon.

The Art of Mark Rediske: Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission are presenting artwork by Seattle artist Mark Rediske through Nov. 30 at the museum gallery, 700 Main St., Edmonds.

Rediske’s exhibit will feature work he has done primarily in two mediums. They both have wax as their base.

The first is encaustic, where Rediske uses a process of fusing molten paint onto a rigid support, producing beautiful works that include transparent surfaces. The second genre is oil pastel, where Rediske combines wax pigment and oil and applies it without heat. Even though these two materials are worked in different ways, they both yield some similar characteristics.

“Land, Fire &Steel”: An exhibit featuring potter Steve Dalton, painter Sakae Ouchi and metal artist Kevin Brame opens today at Arts of Snohomish Gallery, 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish. The artists are having a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10. The show runs through Nov. 30.

Dalton, of Snohomish, bases his pottery on colonial American and early British potters, which gives his work a distinct look and feel and combines form and function because they are durable enough for cooking and serving. Ouchi, originally from Japan but living in Everett, paints Northwest landscapes using oil and acrylic paints and tries to emulate Monet’s lighting technique. Brame, of Snohomish, does “repoussé,” a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side.

Art and Nature: Camano Arts Association members are hosting a show to help others enrich their lives by combining art and nature. The show, “Art Matters @ Four Springs,[“”] is planned from 6 to 8 tonight and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Four Springs Lake Preserve, 585 Lewis Lane, Camano Island.

Four Springs House and Meadow Room are surrounded by a tranquil 50-acre preserve. The pristine grounds are open to the public during park hours. This is a time for relaxing among nature while visiting with members of the art association, which has 100 working artists and art enthusiasts who reside on Camano Island, in Stanwood and surrounding areas. Participating artists will be showing new work in acrylics, oils, pottery, ceramics, glass, photography, watercolor, digital art and mixed media.

“The Green Art Opening”: An exhibit of “upcycled and environmentally conscious art” will display a variety of works by local artists in a “deep green” environmental home setting in Stanwood. The opening is from 7 to 10 tonight at 19126 Soundview Drive NW, Stanwood. Food and wine and a tour of the home will be offered.

“Dreaming the Emerald City”: An exhibit that unites two of Seattle’s first art collectors for the first time hopes to demonstrate how Charles and Emma Frye and Horace C. Henry — founders of the Frye Art Museum and the Henry Art Gallery — enhanced the city’s cultural backbone by acquiring, displaying and donating world-class paintings in the early 20th century.

A members reception is planned from 2 to 6 tonight. The exhibit is on view through April 6 at the Frye, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle. Parking and admission are free. For information, call 206-622-9250 or see www.fryemuseum.org.

It’s the small things: In November, Insights Gallery is presenting the annual “Petite Pieces” show of small works by gallery artists including Liana Bennett, Al Currier, Larry Heald, Michael Moe and Earl Jorgensen. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9 tonight and runs through Dec. 24 at the gallery, 516 Commercial Ave., Anacortes.

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