Jul 30, 2014

Wildlife Paintings on Exhibit at Gallery North in Edmonds

JR Hawse's show is titled "Call of the Wild and Wonderful."

Wildlife Paintings on Exhibit at Gallery North in Edmonds

Gallery North in Edmonds steps into the wild with its December exhibit, "Call of the Wild and Wonderful," featuring artist JR Hawse.

Hawse presents her acrylic wildlife paintings depicting wildlife such as wolves, lions, zebra, and eagles. “This is a show about connection with something that is natural and wonderful,” says Hawse. “That experience of connection becomes part of me.”

In addition to her paintings, Hawse also will be presenting her handcrafted jewelry pieces.

JR (Janet) Hawse, a longtime resident of Washington, is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Seattle Co-Arts, Acrylics Art, ArtistsConnect, and Gallery North.

Hawse studied art at the University of Washington and has won numerous awards for her animal portraiture and landscape painting.

More about the jewelry from Gallery North

JR Hawse creates the lampwork beads used in her jewelry by melting Venetian and other fine glass with an oxygen‐propane torch, shaping it, and embellishing the beads in the flame with additional glass and other compatible materials such as silver, gold, stones, and enamel.

In essence, Hawse creates tiny paintings on the beads in both the representational and abstract style. To ensure durability, as the beads leave the torch they are immediately annealed in a kiln. Ms. Hawse then incorporates the resulting beads into unique jewelry designs using sterling silver, gold, copper, crystal, pearls, semi‐precious stones, and other exceptional materials.

In addition, the Gallery North loft this month features the undersea photography of Mary Bess Johnson and watercolor paintings of Darlene Lucas.

The public is invited to meet JR Hawse and enjoy her show at the artist’s reception on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The artist also will be available to discuss her work at the Third Thursday Edmonds Art Walk on Dec. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Gallery North is open 7 days a week and is located at 508 Main Street in Edmonds.

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