Port Townsend Gallery to showcase Collins and Saknit

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Posted 10/28/20

The Port Townsend Gallery will host a special exhibition of the work of Tom Saknit and Martha Collins in November. 

Here’s a quick look at the artists.

Martha Collins

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Port Townsend Gallery to showcase Collins and Saknit

An example of the work of Martha Collins.
An example of the work of Martha Collins.
Photo courtesy of Mitchel Osborne
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The Port Townsend Gallery will host a special exhibition of the work of Tom Saknit and Martha Collins in November. 

Here’s a quick look at the artists.

Martha Collins

Collins has been exploring the matrix of interaction between exotic and domestic woods and dyed maple veneer for 45 years, gallery officials said. She has refined a 100-step process of lamination; band saw slicing and lathe turning to create unique works of art and wearables with up to
1,000 pieces in them. 

“Complex patterns of natural wood tones are accented by hand-dyed veneers to excite the eye and entice the imagination,” the show announcement said. “Many of her bracelets and spirit bowls have the appearance of intricate basketry, needlepoint or bead work.”

Collins’ current projects include necklaces and small boxes. 

See more at www.studiomarthacollins.com.

Tom Saknit

Saknit’s “Redacted Photography” series “Remembering Venice” is featured at the gallery. 

“His work explores a different side of photography … an imaginary moment out of which photographs are grown not captured,” gallery officials said. “It is the only art form which begins with a recognizable image. Then photographers add more. More dynamic range. More saturation. More contrast. Tom asked himself, ‘What would happen if I went the other direction. What happens if I went less?’”

This process, officials said, bridges the organic and mechanical arts in deeply engaging images. The viewer is captured with a look of an ink illustration, then negative space, which challenges the viewer to fill in the blanks.

“Ultimately, the dialogue between the artist removing and the viewer filling in the gaps becomes an exercise challenging one’s perception of memory,” show organizers noted. 

For further information about Saknit’s work, visit www.tomsaknit.com or email tom@tomsaknit.com.

Located at 715 Water St., the gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and also by appointment.

For more information, call 360-379-8110 or visit 
www.porttownsendgallery.com.

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