Art Roundup: Whales

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Whale art by Sarah Dennis, Amy Ruppel and Blaire Fontana, and Mark Brooks.

Whales hold a mystique in their alien familiarity that in the last fifty years drove campaigns to “save the whales” but in the past conflicted whalers. Behemoths from a world hostile to man, we know little of their lives. Majestic creatures that seem to dance as they erupt from the water, some species “sing” to each other in a language that eludes yet captivates us. Intelligent and curious animals, the brains of some whale species have spindle neurons similar to those in humans that control judgment, social behavior, and emotions. Many whale species live in pods and have strong family ties. Far-ranging nomads, whales migrate with the seasons. As recently as 2007, a 19th-century lance was found in a living whale, evincing their long lifespans.

Artists turn their wonder from whales into metaphoric and symbolic works that pulse with energy and emotion. Graffitti artist DALeast and Mark Brooks use energetic ribbons and paint spatters to portray the whales’ figures. Daniel Danger, Emek, DALeast, and Jens Harder capture the emotional power of a whale breaching from the sea. Sarah Dennis reminds us of their stately calm, while Barry Moser and Dan McCarthy draw from the battle for survival, showing their strength and scars. Enjoy ten pieces of whale art by nine artists.

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Art Roundup: Rabbits

Riccardo Zemo

Riccardo Zemo

In honor of Easter, this month’s art roundup features rabbits, interpreted by nine contemporary artists. Several species of cottontails, rabbits, hares, and jackrabbits — both native and introduced — live in the northwest. The pieces seem to be united with a palette of creams, gray blues, pinks, and grays. Some are expressive, others aloof or frozen as they watch the viewer.

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Drawn from Nature: Owl Art

Snow Owl by Jeff Soto

Snow Owl by Jeff Soto

Owls are symbols of wisdom, creatures of the darkness who are ‘on the side of light’. We imbue animals with meaning. Is that meaning a reflection of their true nature, or merely our perception imposed on them? Perhaps a bit of both. As wild creatures, we can never truly know them.

Enjoy a collection of owl art that includes paintings and illustrations by fifteen artists.
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