October featured artists Doug “Selley” Byrd (paintings) and Laurie Urbas (functional textiles) celebrate the Fall season with warm colors and rich textures.
Doug “Selley” Byrd’s new work for this month is inspired by the complexity and vibrant colors of our local environment, especially during this autumn season. Trees in particular are a favorite theme in Selley’s work, “Trees seem to be my true love. No two trees are alike and in my work, I like to give them a feeling of movement.”
Selley has lived in Port Townsend for 15 years and is a long time Gallery 9 member. He has been painting for over 25 years in a meticulous style influenced by Monet and Van Gogh and other Impressionists. Over the years, he has worked in watercolors and acrylics, and now focuses on oils as his preferred medium.
Laurie Urbas creates functional textile designs in a rich array of durable decorator fabrics. Jewel tones and bold patterns are signature elements in Urbas’ work, as well as sturdy craftsmanship, fine details and a modern aesthetic.
Urbas has been sewing since she was 9, and began her textile design work in apparel creation, notably her Asian-inspired jackets and vests. She started designing and making a variety of small functional travel bags from those apparel fabric remnants. Now, the bags have become her most popular designs, with each piece hand-crafted, one at time, for truly wearable art.
Join Doug and Laurie 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.