The Lutheran Church in Port Madison recently held its first local art exhibit, featuring pieces ranging from abstract paintings to landscapes, from pottery to weaving.
The exhibition titled Discovered Art: A Winter Soirée premiered on December 4.
“I’m never surprised to find artists hidden in churches,” said curator Tamarah Rockwood. “Very often when people feel the most comfortable and loved in a congregation, that love manifests in many ways, which is why we have organized this event. To share … our creative human experience.
Rockwood has a long history of working with unknown artists. From 2005 to 2008, she published an independent poetry journal called “Illume”, featuring poetry from local communities.
“It’s crucial that artists support each other,” said Rockwood. “Whether in museums or small exhibitions. This is how we survive and prosper both as a community and as a society. “
At the religious event, Don Truscott, a familiar figure in the BI art scene, submitted pieces of his pottery created in the Eagledale Pottery Studio. Truscott volunteers at the BI Parks & Rec studio.
He started working with pottery in Montana State in the 1960s and has since spent one evening a week creating as an amateur. For the past 10 years he’s been downgrading to a few days a week and going to the church Christmas bazaar to pay for his studio time. Church pastor Ron Hoyum has always supported the local community.
Fred Truitt submitted four watercolors to the Winter Evening. He has enjoyed a successful career at both Washington University and Willamette University.
Truitt’s main interest in art lies in landscapes, structures and outdoor marine activity alla prima. Truitt has long been involved in the BI art community, as well as making work available to art lovers on FineArtAmerica.com.
Other performers at the show included Rich Crockett, Lynn Hoyum, Cindy Courtier, Carol McCarthy, Scott Corey, Fritz and Kathy Jorg, Burt Perkins and Rockwood.
A string quartet led by Dan Brown performed.
BI is no stranger to artists. Besides the BI Art Museum, which features a recurring art exhibit, the island has a handful of art galleries supporting local artists. Among them are BARN, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Island Gallery, Roby King Gallery and Jeffrey Moose Gallery. The BI Art Walk also encourages the community to appreciate the local artists of downtown Winslow.