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Cabin Country Art of the Pacific Coast

From Native American History to Pacific Coast Wildlife

By Robyn Roehm Cannon
Published: August 3, 2011
Although the Pacific Northwest abounds in rain and dreary skies many weeks of the year, it’s also unmatched in colorful natural beauty – especially when the sun finally comes out from behind
the clouds.

The following artists draw inspiration from iconic snowcapped peaks like Mount Rainier and sparkling Cascade mountain ranges that seem to rise from the icy blue waters of Puget Sound. And the towering deep green pine forests with fern-covered floors and fields of wildflowers all help these artists produce some outstanding arts and crafts to furnish your cabin and garden.
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1. Don Sprague | Ceramic Lanterns
Don Sprague first began to design lanterns around 1995 when his sister-in-law wanted one to keep lit in her garden in memory of her mother. Since then, the artist has continued to build the ceramic lanterns, altering their shape, size and glazing through the years. And today, one sits on display in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Each piece is unique, with varied carvings that enrich the body of the lantern. Sprague’s copper-based glaze brings to mind the bronze Chinese lanterns he often looks to for inspiration. These lanterns are beautiful when lit with a flickering candle on a warm summer evening!
Website: www.theartspiritgallery.com

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2. Pete Jordan | Watercolor & Oil
Pete Jordan works in both oil and watercolor and paints beautiful landscapes of scenes familiar to us all: old homes in a small beach town, morning light on a country road, snow alongside a path next to a fence. He isn’t drawn to the obvious scene, choosing instead that which is often overlooked. Pete’s work doesn’t hit you over the head with color and pizzazz. Instead, it enters your bones and evokes a mature appreciation for the quiet drama of the splendor of nature. Website: www.brackenwoodgallery.com
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3. Sherryl H. Goldfinger | Woodturning
Sherryl H. Goldfinger has experimented with art in many forms, from drawing and painting to jewelry making and metal casting. But her love of the forest and the beauty of the grain of wood drew her to woodturning in 1999. And today, she creates one-of-a-kind sculptural and functional pieces of art from woods (like Douglas fir) indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. Her exquisitely crafted wooden bowls are irresistible to touch and each piece tells the story of the tree from which it came.
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4. Francy Blumhagen | Ink and Wood Prints
Francy Blumhagen’s colorful prints of Northwest animals, birds and fish are truly handmade and low-tech. She carves her images on a plate made of vinyl, wood or cardboard, then inks the carving and makes a rubbing from the raised image with nothing more than her hands and the back of a wooden spoon. The resulting print on rice paper is simple and elegant, and each beautiful design that this Whidbey Island artist produces is limited to editions of no more than 50. Website: www.brackenwoodgallery.com

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5. Bob Jewett | Tiles
Bob Jewett’s custom-made tiles are a beautiful complement to a kitchen or bathroom backsplash, fireplace surround, or as an ornament for outdoor use. They’re delicately handcrafted and hand-finished of a durable clay with fine glazes, but can withstand extreme cold, dampness and inclement weather. Bob has more than 300 relief designs of food, animals, woods, trees and country scenes available online – or he can work from a photograph to create scenes, murals or individual tiles of your own choosing. Website: www.wilburtonpottery.com

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6. Jim Kraft | Ceramics
Jim Kraft has been perfecting his art in clay for more than 30 years and today creates indoor tile murals, hand-built vessels and sculptural pieces from earthenware clay in a warm color palette. His beautifully detailed vessels resemble vintage Native American baskets – they’re made of coiled and torn clay and are both refined and primitive at once. To own one is a great start, but they look particularly handsome and dramatic when staged in a grouping. Website: www.jimkraftceramics.com

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7. Dan Barnett | Pottery
Dan Barnett believes that there is inherent pleasure in using and living with handmade objects, and his work as a potter is focused on creating functional and traditional forms for daily use. Over the past several years he’s developed a series of sculptures, birdbaths and feeders intended to enhance time spent in our yards and gardens. Since the 1980s, Dan has been practicing the ancient art of salt-glazing his ceramics, which gives each piece a unique character, subtle layered color and outstanding strength. Website: www.danbarnettpottery.com
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8. Georgia Gerber  |  Bronze Sculpture
Georgia Gerber casts amazingly detailed reliefs and larger-than-life wildlife sculptures from bronze and finishes them with beautifully aged patinas and verdigris. Plunk a giant bronze rabbit in the middle of a vegetable patch or place a family of foxes so they peek out of a wooded thicket at your place. Georgia pays attention to nature and draws her inspiration from the cycle of life that we are all a part of. Although much of her large-scale work is in public locations, she happily does private commissions of smaller scale as well. Website: www.brackenwoodgallery.com

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9. Barry Herem | Printmaker
Barry Herem is widely known in the Northwest as a printmaker, having produced more than 40 limited edition serigraphs, but he also works in many other mediums and sizes, from delicately engraved sterling silver jewelry to full-scale bronze sculptures. All of his creations call upon essential forms of Northwest Coast native art and have fascinating myths and stories as their inspiration. Website: www.barryherem.com
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