Artwork by Southwest Washington and Oregon artists.

Artistic Camelot

March brings us fine paintings by Woodland painter Quentin Noel Robbins, sculptural and wood works by Walt Bensman, and whimsical metal sculptures by Corey Bishop. It’s an eclectic mix of classical, functional and modern.

Lady of Shalott

Lady of Shalott

Two of Quentin’s paintings pay homage to The Lady of Shalott, the romanticized, Arthurian heroin of English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson.

“….There she weaves by night and day, A magic web with colours gay….”

That stanza is akin to what our artists do: weave beautiful colors, shapes and images together with ‘colours gay’. Their artworks engage us in delight and wonder.

Mountain Storm

Mountain Storm

Like the mysterious Lady of Shalott, who set out to find Camelot (and the lover of her dreams) upon a boat, we look for beauty in the things around us. Our gallery artists have the gift of making beauty about the things around us.

Please join us for our March First Thursday. It’s our little piece of artistic ‘Camelot’ in southwest Washington.

First Thursday – March 6
5:30 – 7:30 pm | Music by Joe Green | Artist Demonstration by Dean Wood
Featured Artists
Quentin Robbins (paintings), Corey Bishop (metal sculptures), Walt Bensman (pottery)

About Walt Bensman – pottery

bensmanWaltI have been a studio artist working in stoneware clay for many years, but I’ve also had a life-long interest in wood.

The functional and sculptural work shown here incorporates both stoneware and wood. Being raw products of our natural environment, I believe wood and clay can be used together to create opportunities to appreciate and contrast the texture, color, and form of each material.

My teapots and pitchers use steam-bent wood handles, each one custom shaped for the individual stoneware vessel. The stoneware is either wheel thrown and altered or hand built with slabs and electric fired to cone 6. All glazes are lead-free and food-safe.

The three-dimensional landscapes are built up using layers of glazed and unglazed textured clay tiles, the color coming from the glaze itself or an underlayer of colored slips. After firing, the sculpture is given depth by assembling the tiles onto a substrate of stepped plywood layers. On many of the sculptures, wood is also incorporated to form specific design elements, creating unique representations of the natural landscape of the Northwest.

Visit The Walt Bensman Studio

White Tea Pot

White Tea Pot

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Mountain Storm

Mountain Storm

White Tea Pot

White Tea Pot

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

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About Quentin Robbins – paintings

Quentin at his easel

Quentin at his easel

Quentin Robbins paints on mahogany door skins with acrylic paints. His paintings are lyrical and beautiful.

“Quentin Noel Robbins….that’s me. Like many creative people, I often get sidetracked onto this ‘n that.

Yet, I try to listen to the signals, and , voila! They often visit you through the sidetracks.”

~ Quentin

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm

Blue Shadows

Blue Shadows

Eilern Donan Castle

Eilern Donan Castle

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

Self Portrait: 1980

Self Portrait: 1980

Self Portrait: 2012

Self Portrait: 2012

Hatrack

Hatrack

Lady of Shalott

Lady of Shalott

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The Lady of Shalott, John William Waterhouse, 1888, The Tate Gallery, London UK

The Lady of Shalott, John William Waterhouse, 1888, The Tate Gallery, London UK

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