Gallery 9 welcomes in the 41st annual Wooden Boat Festival with work by featured artists Michael Hale, paintings and Mitch Poling, baidarka (kayak) building.
Michael Hale is known for his large-scale colorful paintings of wooden boats in harbor and on the water. His paintings have been chosen to grace the poster of Port Townsend’s annual Wooden Boat Festival over the years, including last year’s historic 40th anniversary. Says Hale, “I paint boat paintings because I love their architecture. I love how light reflects off their various shapes and textures, from hard metal and wood to soft flowing sails. They’ve always been challenging for me to do, they push me to do my best and I’m constantly working at it. Besides that, we live in an area where boats are really appreciated and it’s my way of showing that appreciation.”
Influenced by Maxfield Parrish and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Hale’s style reflects his early architectural training and scenic design work with epic sweeping lines and interesting compositional geometry.
Join Michael Hale and Mitch Poling in discussing their art during Gallery Walk, Saturday, September 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Gallery 9, 1012 Water Street, in Port Townsend. See gallery-9.com or call 360-379-8881 for more information.