Featured Artist: Penelope Crittenden

Penelope Crittenden is a Whidbey Island sculptor that works in both stone and bronze. She creates sculptures inspired in part by the ever-changing shapes of the clouds she enjoyed watching as a child, as well as by her lifelong love of animals.

“When I was a child, I loved lying on the grass watching the clouds drift overhead. It was amazing to me how at one moment I could make out the shape of a horse and as I watched it would gradually morph into a fish or a bird. Time has passed, and I spend somewhat less time lying on the grass looking at clouds, but I have that same sense of wonder and discovery walking through a stone yard. Today, finding forms in chunks of alabaster, marble, limestone and chlorite gives me that same sense of exploration and discovery. The difference now is that I have the opportunity to turn the infinite variety of shapes and forms that I find, those cloud images of old, into something solid.”

When it comes to stone, Crittenden said, “the veritable ancient solidity of the rock inspires” and helps her to find that perfect design that guides her to carve out what is already inherent in the marble, the limestone or the other stone materials she chooses.

“I guess we’re all a product of our experiences, and it follows then that how we express ourselves in language, art and actions, would also be a result of those experiences.  My work is to highlight them, to obliterate them or to recreate them.” Crittenden said.

Crittenden’s bronze work begins as clay or wax, subtracting or adding as needed. Casting to bronze after the formation of the softer material is a long and interesting process that the artist endearingly calls, “the medium of antiquity.”

“The important thing,” Crittenden said finally, “is that these expressions − whether done in the arts or in life − are done with awareness.”


See her work in our Gallery…


Greetings from Minimal Surfaces

The Beauty of Mathematics Transformed into Wearable Art

Mobius_55_whiteThe Minimal Surfaces jewelry collection is inspired by elegant mathematics. The forms you see in this line are derived from the discoveries of famous mathematicians in the field of differential geometry, a discipline that influenced the Cubist art movement.

This extensive line includes 80+ pendant and earring combinations that work together flawlessly and make a striking minimalist statement. Versatile and eye-catching, they are available in both tarnish-resistant Argentium silver and lightweight aluminum.

Minimal Surfaces jewelry appeals to a variety of customers, from millennials to professional woman to the “young at heart” with a price point range that drives sales to a wide audience.

Minimal Surfaces

(See our collection of Minimal Surfaces Jewelry in the Nimbus Gallery.)

Letter from the designer… 

Greetings! We’ve been very busy!

Our new casting studio is set up, after extensive renovation and some upgrades. I started practicing vacuum chamber casting using bronze and am now working with silver. The learning curve was relatively short as my equipment supplier set us up with superior equipment. Its sort of like cooking in a lab at temperatures between 1000 degrees and 2000 degrees. So what could go wrong? Attached are photos of the studio, a casting tree made of wax and my 3D printed models, the invested flask ready for burnout, the resulting cast sterling silver tree and the finished pieces. Casting has added a new level of excitement and opportunity to my entire process. I can now design a piece, print it, invest it in one day and cast it the next morning. That level of timeliness has become very motivating and nearly addictive. New pieces can go from thought to metal in hand in twenty four hours. That is a lot of fun.
Kind Regards,
Larry Watson
Minimal Surfaces
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Saydah Furniture

“They say it takes a long time to make an old friend…”

We are a custom furniture business located in Ashland, Oregon. Thomas Saydah started designing and building furniture in 1980 in the San Francisco area.  He apprenticed there through the Baulines Craft Guild in 1979 with Arthur Espenet Carpenter and in 1980 started his own business by marketing one-of-a-kind art furniture at local craft shows.  Margaret Saydah, became involved in the business in 1992 and apprenticed with him and learned the basics; sanding and finishing.

We have spent the last 5 years designing, redesigning, building, rebuilding and creating an art house, the Arty Cottage. Thomas has expanded his work from custom furniture to custom metal work.  Margaret has a background in textile arts and has incorporated handmade quilts, lampshades, window treatments and other design elements into the ArtYCottage.

~ Tom and Margaret Saydah


(Come see this versatile table in the Nimbus Gallery.)DSC_2104 DSC_2102 DSC_2108



Endless Possibilities by Linda Lamore

There are many dimensions to art; it can inspire, anger, thrill, or calm the soul. Hopefully it communicates something, whether it is on an emotional level or on an intellectual level. With my paintings, I hope to elicit a positive emotional response that transports you to another place.

This group of paintings represents an assortment of my styles within the refracted series. Represented here are multi-media pieces, abstracted scenic pieces and nonobjective abstract pieces.

~ Linda Lamore

Linda Lamore will be our Nimbus Gallery Guest Artist for the September 4th, 2015 First Friday Art Walk.

Shown below:
Ocean Harmonics
40″ x 30″ Oil on canvas with wood and copper
31 Ocean Harmonics
 A closeup of Ocean Harmonics
close up of Ocean Harmonics


G3 Studios Wood Pepper Mills and Salt Grinders

These signature wood pepper mills and salt grinders are handcrafted one at a time in G3’s Michigan shop. They are professional grade, fully adjustable, and the grinding mechanism is guaranteed for life. G3 Studio’s style, technique, and process of constructing our wood pepper mills and wood salt grinders is state of the art with epoxy-like finishes. They are meant to be used everyday and G3 Studio hopes you love them. They are true art for your kitchen and they will last for generations to come.