The newest show, “Artpourri,” at Six Rivers Gallery has a little bit of everything.
Paintings, photos, mixed-media art and even books are on display and for sale throughout the bright purple building in Hoquiam.
The gallery is owned by the Harbor Art Guild, a local organization dedicated to curating and appreciating the work of artists who live in or inspire the nearby community.
In addition to the new works hanging from the walls, items from the gallery gift shop are also peppered throughout the two front rooms. The back gift shop, where the handmade items and books are generally displayed, is being repainted.
Mary Lou Gregory, publicity chair for the HAG, said it will be a fresh coat of the same color.
“We tend to put a lot of nails in the walls which means we have a lot of holes to fill in,” she said. “Plus it will give us a chance to spiff up the room since we painted the two front rooms before our fifth anniversary celebration.”
The gift shop items vary from books by Rex Martin, aprons sewn by Jill Warber to elaborate bead art by Dawn Huntsman.
All HAG members pay a $25 a year membership to be considered active from August to the following July.
Members are encouraged to participate in the shows and sell items in the gift shop, though there are those who live too far away to do this very often, Gregory said.
However, she said many HAG participants still appreciate members who show support by joining but are unable to help with events.
“A big part of what we do is just to bring artists together,” Gregory said. “When we first put the guild together, it was amazing how many artists seemed to just come out of the woodwork. It’s been a great way to see the huge amount of talent in this community.”
This unjuried show features pieces from longtime and new members.
In a case in a corner of the gallery, Tina Karvonen has numerous works of pysanka, a Ukranian egg-painting method using wax.
Brilliant colors are applied to the egg shell using wax to keep dye off certain areas to create patterns that symbolize different ideas.
“She saw this method of decorating eggs when she was a little girl and found it fascinating,” Gregory said. “As an adult, she knew she wanted to learn how to do it. She’s taken a few classes and says she has a large collection of books on the subject.”
The newest member, John Miller, has a colorful mosaic on a metal tray of a seagull floating in a sea of blue and green glass pieces.
The HAG recently received a grant from Grays Harbor Community Foundation for artists who want to do solo shows at the gallery, but cannot afford the $250 fee. This money will be given to those who need it in order to put on a show approved by the HAG board, Gregory said.
The show will be up until Nov. 10.
Artists include Ron Arel, Sandy DeLuna, Jenny Fisher, Kathleen Graddy, Mary Lou Gregory, Robin Harlow, Gary Hemenway, Ken Hunt, Dawn Huntsman, Matt Jump, Tina Karvonen, Susan LaMadrid, Gary Douglas Lennon, John Miller, Robin Moore, R.P. Myers, Brenda Peterson, Ellen Pickell, Barb Shillinger, Lee Staley, Roy Stansell, Cara Beth Stevenson and Jill Warber.
Six Rivers Gallery is located at 210 6th St. in Hoquiam (next to Levee Lumber). The gallery is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 360-532-9979 or visit www.harborartguild.com.