Gallery 9 announces October featured artists Laurie Urbas, functional textiles, and Doug Selley Byrd, oil paintings.
Laurie Urbas has been collecting textiles for years, fueled by her love of texture, color and functionality. Her work at Gallery 9 includes hand-crafted travel bags, designed for a beautiful combination of style and function.
For Urbas, the variety and practicality of decorator fabrics have great appeal. Most of the textiles she now uses in her designs are over-runs from what is considered “hospitality” textiles, used in hotels, offices and restaurants, and because of this, the durability rating is much higher than average fabrics.
Urbas has been sewing since she was 9, and began her textile design work in apparel creation. Six years ago, she started designing and making a variety of small functional handbags from the apparel fabric remnants. Now these wearable art works have become her most popular designs, and can be spotted all around the Olympic Peninsula.
Doug Selley Byrd is showing new paintings this month inspired by his long standing love of trees in the landscape environment, as well as some new quintessential Port Townsend boat scenes. Selley, a long time Gallery 9 member, has been painting for over 25 years with his meticulous style influenced by Monet and Van Gogh and other Impressionists. He tells us, that “every day is a learning experience in the painting process.”
Join Laurie and Doug in discussing their work during Gallery Walk, Saturday, October 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Gallery 9, 1012 Water Street, in Port Townsend. See gallery-9.com or call 379-8881 for more information.