From timeless nature themes to current issues in society to pure abstraction, the fourth annual Something New sculpture exhibition in Winslow spans it all.
There are five new pieces of public art downtown this year and to show our appreciation to the artist whose work receives the most votes, the winner of the Something New IV People’s Choice Award will receive a $1000 gift. The sculptures can be viewed at Waterfront Park, City Hall, the South Madison Marina Overlook, and in front of Town & Country Market. Please check them out and make your voice heard by voting at bainbridgecurrents.com.
Read on to learn more about each artist and sculpture in this exhibition.
Jan Hoy’s Cardinal Connection can be found just outside City Hall. This curved bronze sheet metal sculpture is abstract with two arcing pieces wrapping toward each other, fused with a central connecting ridge. Jan sees her work as three-dimensional answers to questions she asks herself about form. Her sculptures are exhibited in galleries and museums nationally. Her work is also part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Northwest Art and BIMA. Raised in the Puget Sound area, Jan currently lives and has her studio in Coupeville on Whidbey Island.
Wandering Trees is a nature-themed, stacked base totem sculpture by the Seattle-based artist, Shawn Marie Johnson. The trunk-like foundation of this sculpture can be used as a lantern, illuminating leafy images that surround it. Shawn is an Art Wizard Drawing Instructor within the Seattle Public School Enrichment Program. She also creates custom ironwork and does sculptural welding.
Displayed at the South Madison Marina Overlook, MacRae Wylde’s Truth is a bold, vertical sculpture of intertwined letters spelling the word. To the artist it is, “a monument to the concept… a gentle reminder that truth is an ideal we should aspire to promote,” especially in these times of such division in our society. Wylde lives in Hood River, Oregon, and installs his steel sculptural work across the country and internationally.
Jennifer Kuhn’s Fertility is a mosaic encrusted terracotta egg with numerous colorful symbols of springtime and fecundity. It can be viewed in front of the Town & Country Market. Jennifer says this piece is, “celebrating the way nature provides… the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.” Her work has been featured in many exhibitions and galleries throughout the country. Jennifer has been working with stained glass for assemblage into mosaic art for over twenty years, specializing in large scale murals, interiors, and works for urban environments. She creates from her home studio on a small rural farm in Elma, Washington.
I Watch Salmon From the Bridge Above by Ed McCarthy is a colorful geometric steel sculpture sited at Waterfront Park. An abstracted human form, this piece has a youthful quality. Ed has said, “Art is what really defines us as individuals and as a society… it fills that void and makes us complete.” Formerly an engineer, Ed now focuses on public art sculpture with architectural qualities, installing his works throughout Washington State.
Something New is a yearly sculpture exhibition made possible by the partnership between Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) and the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) through the Public Art Committee. All works in Something New IV are for sale through AHB.
Now, please go vote for Something New IV’s People’s Choice Award by selecting your favorite sculpture at bainbridgecurrents.com!