Commemorative Photographic Exhibition, Driftwood Sculptures at Blue Whole Gallery

ByDavid M. Conte

Feb 27, 2022

SEQUIM – The Blue Whole Gallery will feature driftwood artist John Bertholl and the work of the late Karen Rozbicki Stringer, a fine art photographer, in March.

The exhibit, Welcome Spring, is held at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery at 129 W. Washington St., Sequim. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sundays.

Stringer’s work is featured in In Memoriam. A member of the gallery for eight years, she died last year after a long illness at the age of 64.

“Walks Alone,” by Karen Rozbicki Stringer, is among the photographs to be exhibited in March.

A silent auction of some of Stringer’s art will take place during the month of March. All proceeds will go to the gallery’s scholarship fund.

The scholarship fundraising event will include the sale of a personal tribute book of photographs by and Karen Stringer, and poetry by her husband, Ken Stringer. Mary Franchini and Lynne Armstrong. Veteran member artists will curate Stringer’s exhibit.

“Blue Wonder” is one of John Berthol’s driftwood artworks to be exhibited at the Blue Whole Gallery.

Bertholl spent his first 65 years in the state of Alaska. When he retired to Sequim, he became interested in driftwood work. After learning some of the basics, he discovered that adding color using resin and dyes brought new life to this natural medium.

The artist will be present on Friday, from 5 p.m., during the First Friday Art Walk.

As a fine art photographer, Stringer sought to convey in her work “a sense of calm, tranquility, melancholy, rapture, or humor,” she said.

She sought out images that captured, it was said, “an appreciation of the essential in all its complexity and simplicity”.

The gallery adheres to Clallam County public health guidelines.

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