Isabel Elena Pérez’s pastel “Robins in the Alder Grove” is part of the “Lush Language” exhibit at Northwind Art’s Jeanette Best Gallery in Port Townsend.

Isabel Elena Pérez’s pastel “Robins in the Alder Grove” is part of the “Lush Language” exhibit at Northwind Art’s Jeanette Best Gallery in Port Townsend.

Art Walk brings ‘Lush' work and more to downtown Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Pastels, gold mica and the Procreate app all share the space at Northwind Art’s Jeanette Best Gallery, one of the venues open for Art Walk this Saturday.

Admission is free to the monthly event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., when refreshments and conversations with artists are part of it all.

The gallery, 701 Water St., has two shows up. In the front space is “Lush Language,” which celebrates four Northwest artists, including Isabel Elena Pérez, who lives in a converted bus beside an alder forest in Quilcene.

Using soft pastels on black paper with gold mica accents, Pérez tells stories from her life. There’s “Wedding Spell,” a 79- by 72-inch piece recalling her wedding last summer, and there’s “Robins in the Alder Grove,” another pastel-and-gold piece that recalls a Monet Impressionist painting.

In the inner room at Jeanette Best Gallery, the “Showcase 2024” exhibit has welcomed 27 new works from four returning artists: photographer Stephen Deligan and painters Joyce Hester, Roger Morris and Marian Morris.

Roger Morris paints using a stylus and Procreate, a program for his iPad.

He works outdoors quickly, minimizing detail “to get a fresh feeling of the place,” he said.

His wife Marian Morris uses traditional media: oil paint and canvas.

Both portray nature and the changing sunlight.

“It’s interesting to see the differences in the Morrises’ takes on the outdoors,” said Northwind Art spokesperson Diane Urbani.

Marian Morris’ oils include “Morning on the Dosewallips” and “Late Afternoon Light,” while Roger Morris’ works, printed on cotton rag fine art paper, range from “Upper Dungeness River” to “Quinault Fall Color.”

“There’s also a lot of stunning contrast in the gallery, with Joyce Hester’s saturated paintings and Stephen Deligan’s sweeping black and white beach photos,” Urbani said.

For more about Northwind activities and the art at Jeanette Best Gallery, visit https://northwindart.org.

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