Welcoming in the New Year, the Blue Whole Gallery in downtown Sequim hosted its second juried show focusing on three dimensional (3-D) art.
The gallery hosts an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim event.
Mike McCollum, a distinguished artist and art educator, served as juror for the exhibit. An artist since 1964, he was awarded an individual fellowship grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1980.
“The sculptures that were submitted were interesting, and in some cases very exciting,” he said.
“There was an overall sense of good craftsmanship and attention to detail. There was a wide selection of motifs and subject matter, ranging from figurative to abstract. There were varied materials used from wood to glass.”
3-D who invited entries include (* indicates two entries):
Steve Wry, ceramics*; Chawn Vance, gourd carving and ink; Ross Brown, bronze*; Dale Blankenship, carved jade; Claudia Serafin, glass bowls*; John Blackburn, fired stoneware*; Kathey Ervin, encaustic art*; Sidney Westenskow, ceramic bust; James Klein, turned metal; Dia Calhoun, mixed media; John Bertholl, carved driftwood*; Randy Raddock; block print on stone; Susan Gansert Shaw, mixed media; David Johannessohn, wood and metal; Linda Collins Chapman, carved porcelain*.
During the reception, awards will be presented to the recipients.
“All in all the sculptures I chose to be included in the exhibit offered an interesting and personal cross-section of 3-D art,” McCollum said.
A Sequim resident with his wife, Patricia, McCollum was a professor of art for 26 years at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and then five years as the academic dean of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
“Making art keeps me engaged every day,” he said.
Marilynn Evans and Joyce Volmut organized the exhibit.