This First Friday Art Walk features arguably the freshest, newest artwork you’d likely ever be able to see — still wet oil paintings done during the day by plein air painters around town on Bainbridge Island.
The seventh annual Paint Out Winslow is an event-exhibition with over 30 artists participating from the Pacific Northwest region. Painters will be out and about for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with their easels set up, and the artists working their best angle on a scene they fancy. The suggested theme is “historic Bainbridge,” and you are most likely to spot the artists around our historic buildings and sites.
Each day the painters bring their canvases to the Winslow Art Center Studio & Gallery, on the second floor of the Winslow Mall. Winslow Art Center recently annexed a new space next to their long held studio space, providing plenty of room for the many paintings that will vie for cash prizes. Paintings will be for sale, and a percentage of all sale proceeds will be donated to the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum as it works toward expanding its building.
Winslow Art Center also will feature related exhibitions highlighting four of the Paint Out’s featured artists. The entry area gallery will exhibit the work of Dianna Shyne and Darrell Anderson. Shyne’s style includes luscious, impasto techniques that she refers to as Russian Style Impressionism (her training). She is past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Anderson gained insights for his work from Bill Reese (just exhibited at Roby King last month) and from Sunny Apinchapong, who also will be painting Winslow.
Other Master painters, such as Ned Mueller, David Marty, Kathryn Townsend and Alejandra Gos, will be out among the many local and regional artists. Remind yourselves, as you watch them, of the risk they take interpreting what they see in such an immediate way, in front of the public, and bringing their own style, skill and excitement to life in real time.
Down the road at the Armstrong Gallery, 450 Winslow Way East, works by Sunny Apinchapong and Yong Hong Zhongs will be on display for the month of September. These works show the artists’ personal styles and scenic tableau preferences in a far more developed way. Apinchapong had done the original paintings for Disney’s Lion King and worked for other studios such as DreamWorks. He conducted a workshop ahead of the Paint Out festival.
Paint Out Winslow is a rare opportunity to watch artists at work in real time. They will be working the streets all weekend. Take a walk around town to watch them in action and be sure to head up to the Winslow Art Center to see the day’s catch and return every day to see new works.
Winslow Art Center
Names and websites of a few of the participating Paint Out painters.
First Friday Exhibit of guest artists' work at Winslow Art Center Studio
& Gallery- Dianna Shyne & Darrell Anderson
First Friday Exhibit of guest artists' work at Armstrong Gallery
Sunny Apinchapong-Yang & Yong Hong Zhong
ABOUT BILL BARAN-MICKLE: Recently, Bill has enjoyed exhibiting in several international art biennial exhibitions. Of the three in which he has participated, he won Third Place for Sculpture from the European Confederation of Art Critics in the Chianciamo Biennale, at the Chianciano Art Museum in Italy in 2011, and First Place in Applied Arts in the London Biennale of 2013. In 2013 alone, he will have participated in eight exhibitions: from London to a two-person exhibition near home. In addition, Bill was asked to be a representative for CCAC’s exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Metals Department, and a mix of group shows in New York City, Miami, Seattle and Las Vegas. Bill is the designer of the 10 foot Equitorial Bowstring Sundial located at the Richie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island, WA and completed in 2015.