Deep Dive Continued and State Art Collection Work Together

Journey by Wayne Chabre

A web exhibition on My Public Art Portal, curated by San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) board member Lynn Bahrych connects artworks in the State Art Collection with themes in SJIMA’s current exhibition DEEP DIVE. The web exhibition is entitled DEEP DIVE CONTINUED and expands the ocean conservation theme of SJIMA’s exhibition.

ArtsWA encourages citizens to use My Public Art Portal to explore Washington’s State Art Collection online. The Portal links people to the nearly 5,000 artworks that are located at K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies across Washington State. 

Lynn worked with ArtsWA staff Valerie Peterman and Heide Fernandez-Llamazares to choose artworks from the State Art Collection with ties to the SJIMA exhibition and to increase public awareness of species at risk.

Reef Net Anchor by Dan Friday (Lummi Nation)

The museum’s exhibition highlights the fragile ecology of the Salish Sea as well as its stunning beauty. Artists Chabre, Friday, Oliver, Samuelson, Fruge Brown, Eisenhour, and Fletcher are some of the artists in the current exhibition at SJIMA who also have works in the State Art Collection.

Visit Lynn’s web exhibition, Deep Dive Continued.

DEEP DIVE, SJIMA’s exhibition, features Pacific Northwest artists celebrating the stunning, awe-inspiring, underwater life of the Salish Sea. The artworks illuminate the variety of ways in which humans and wildlife relate to the ocean. 

About his fused glass piece, Water, Richard La Londa writes, “This water of life was celebrated and all the animals that lived in it rejoiced.” Aleut artist John Hoover writes about his sculpture, Loon Song, “these different forms search the skies, the depth of the ocean, and the far reaches of the earth.”

Mystical Journey by Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta-Pueblo)

Another sculpture, Leviathan by Ellen Steinfeld, represents “the nature and hopefully the ecological balance of the oceans, fish, and plant life.” Barbara Black’s Torrent of Dreams merges the mysterious depths of the sleeping mind with the deepest currents of the ocean in a dark, hypnotic swirl.

The delicate cut paper work of Aki Sogabe, in One Ocean View and Night Ocean combine formal pattern with natural seascapes to create a deeply satisfying blend of stylized form and elegant subject matter. 

DEEP DIVE is exhibited until September 16, 2019. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is open Thursday-Monday from 11-5 at 540 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA.

Admission is $10 with members and those 18 and under admitted free of charge. Mondays art Pay As You Can Days.

View other activities at SJIMA at

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:48 am by

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