Art Jam aims to inspire, engage

Rock Hollow Farm hosts second annual art show during Lavender Weekend


Art Jam – art show and sale

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., July 17-19

Where: Rock Hollow Farm, 505 E. Silberhorn Road

Cost: Free

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Fueling the creativity of local artists and art enthusiasts, the owners of Rock Hollow Farm are hosting Art Jam for the second time.

A group of 12 artists from the Olympic Peninsula are anticipated to bring a mixture of paintings, collages, contemporary jewelry, wood, bronze and metal sculptures, pastels and wood furniture to this year’s event. The originality expressed throughout Art Jam includes a wide spectrum, touching on media of all kinds.

“My favorite part of Art Jam is its feeling of intimacy,” Susan Gansert Shaw, participating artist and Rock Hollow Farm owner, said. “There’s an exchange of information on techniques and a dialogue surrounding the artists and our visitors.”

She added, “We’re a relaxed group of artists that enjoy just sitting down with people and talking.”

Mirroring the overall grassroots vibe of the event, Art Jam takes place in and around a 1930s-era barn that’s been restored and stabilized while leaving its character intact.

Like the name denotes, Art Jam is designed to engage the community with art.

“We want people to come share in our joy,” Shaw said. “To have fun and joy is not a bad thing – happiness is good … and that’s really the takeaway.”

To foster this, various materials will be available for anyone interested in adding to Art Jam. Interactive activities striving to inspire, such as a hands-on demonstrations on how to make paper, a community graffiti wall and a “found object” project will be ongoing and developing throughout the weekend.

Among the participants are two special guest artists, driftwood sculptor Tammy Hall and contemporary metal sculptor Larry McCaffrey.

“I feel so privileged to be invited to be part of something like this,” Hall said. “It has a very down home, comfortable feel and is hands-on. We want people to touch and feel the art.”

Instead of simply showcasing all completed works of art, participants also plan to bring their works in progress to reveal the techniques used, ignite questions and open the door to learning.

For example, arts and craft style furniture maker and woodworker Stephen Portner will be demonstrating a specific French style of marquetry, an ancient technique of forming a picture with small inlaid pieces of colored wood.

Other artists include Lynne Armstrong, Mary Franchini, Karin Anderson, Cynthia Thomas, Terry Grasteit, Barb Boerigter, Brian Buntain and Ed Crumley.

In addition to experiencing the joy found through arts, for those planning to attend Art Jam, Shaw encourages people to stay awhile, bring a picnic and explore the trails throughout the 10 acres at Rock Hollow Farm.

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