Port Townsend Gallery reopens with special garden exhibition

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Posted 7/24/20

The Port Townsend Gallery recently celebrated its grand reopening with new limited hours during which connoisseurs and casual art lovers alike can enjoy the works on display in the adjacent …

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Port Townsend Gallery reopens with special garden exhibition

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The Port Townsend Gallery recently celebrated its grand reopening with new limited hours during which connoisseurs and casual art lovers alike can enjoy the works on display in the adjacent garden. 

Through the end of July, metal sculptures by Greg Neal and mobiles by Karen Sisk can be viewed in the garden from 12 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Greg Neal

Neal was born in England in 1954 and is listed as the inventor on 16 U.S. patents. 

Over the years, he played with drawing, painting, and various forms of sculpture, including optical plexiglass and life casting. Eventually, being an off-and-on attendee of the Burning Man festival since 1999 allowed Neal the chance to build larger sculptures and work on even larger team projects.

In 2016 he took early retirement and moved to Whidbey Island, where he has the time and space to get into welded steel and stainless steel sculptures.

So far, his focus has been on creating birds and trying to express their beautiful compound curves and to give a sense of motion. 

Karen Sisk

Sisk often hikes up mountains, treks through deserts and goes to the beach looking for wood. Just like collecting the best beach glass, the pieces must be“finished” or they get thrown back into the environment to work off their rough edges.

When she puts a mobile together the components need to talk to each other and tell a story. 

A balanced tale is grounded by gravity but agile enough to create negative and positive spaces with gentle unencumbered movement, she said. She finds the pieces useful for meditation as the changing shapes attract and hold the eye. 

Several years ago, when she was visiting relatives in Waco, Texas, she went next door and met a man who filled his modest home with replicas of Alexander Calder mobiles and ended up with one of his larger pieces after he passed away. 

Calder has his circles, crescents, and parabolas, but Sisk is driven by the lines and shapes of natural pieces. For fun, and to catch the light, she adds colorful beads from old necklaces.

The gallery is located at 715 Water St. Visit www.porttownsendgallery.com to learn more. 

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