Art Show Sept. 16 & 17

img_6738Just a reminder that Savage Plants and Landscape is hosting an art show on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I’ll be in the gallery, working on some small mixed media pieces, and will have food and beverages to share. Please mark your calendar and come out to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor art made by local artists! If you are making plans for your autumn plantings, Savage Plants’ expert staff will be on hand to help with that, as well. Hope to see you there!


Camping + Sale

This has been a good expression of my sentiments for the past couple of decades. I grew up loving summer camp (3 camps/9 years); however, after having children, I was happy to give up sleeping on the ground, and Gregg agreed wholeheartedly.

Last weekend, we joined my brother, sister-in-law and her nephew for a trip to the Ozette Loop on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s a beautiful 9-mile triangle trail with very little elevation gain, and the campgrounds are right on the Pacific Ocean.

Jim & Caroline are experienced backpackers with all of the gear, so they outfitted us with what we didn’t have, and we all set up camp in a beautiful sheltered spot next to the beach. The trail out to the beach, and vegetation alongside, were filled with inspiration for an artist: leaves of varied shapes and shades of green; berries, flowers, trees and stumps with intriguing forms, and old-growth evergreens large enough to make you stop and stare, with respect and wonder at their age and endurance.

Upon arrival, the open ocean vistas took our breath away. It was refreshing to be reminded how small we humans are, and to feel awe in the presence of such vastness and rugged beauty. Because the campgrounds are by reservation only, the long expanse of beach was not crowded. It was simply lovely.

The next morning, we set out to explore the beach and walk the last two legs of the triangle. We enjoyed the backpacking experience, and the company. I came home with beautiful images in my mind, filling my “artistic well.” Immersing yourself in nature is a wonderful way to refresh and reset your mind, and it’s fun…even if sleeping in a bed is more comfortable than on the ground!

Wishing you a happy Labor Day holiday! Redbubble is hosting a 20% off sale sitewide today; use the coupon code LABORDAY20 at checkout.

Photo credits shared with Caroline Boren.

First Friday Art Walk

The opening of my dad’s watercolor painting show, “The Joy of Painting (at 90)” was a success, and a lot of fun. My dad greeted friends, met new people, chatted with visitors,  and enjoyed discussing his art and life with all who were interested. Thanks to all who came for the opening night! 

Our gratitude goes to Linda Meier (Art Coordinator), Rebecca Judd (Kitsap Regional Library Branch Manager), and volunteers Carol, Hilda and Judy. Special thanks to the multi-talented Mary Ryan for helping me to hang the paintings!

The show will run through the month of September, so if you missed the opening, you can still catch it during the hours that the Bainbridge Public Library is open. 

The Joy of Painting (at 90)

My dad is having his first ever solo art show at the Bainbridge Public Library! We’d love to see you at his opening reception during the First Friday Art Walk. The reception is from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. on September 1st at the Bainbridge Public Library. The show will be up all during the month of September, in case you can’t join us for the opening. Here is a bit of information from the library’s e-blast to the public, written by Linda Meier, the art coordinator:

As summer “eclipses” into fall (or September at least), First Friday Art Walk kicks off Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 1.  Bainbridge Public Library will feature Phil Boren (assisted by his daughter, artist Karen Gerstenberger) who will exhibit his work titled “The Joy of Painting at 90”.

Here is some information about Phil and the exhibit:


The Joy of Painting (at 90) – watercolor exhibit by Philip J. Boren

Philip J. Boren is the founder of a manufacturer’s representative agency of the same name. He joined the United States Navy four months before the end of World War II and served as a radar operator on the U.S.S. Kearsarge, an Essex-class aircraft carrier. He later graduated from the University of Washington.

After beginning his career in radio broadcasting and advertising at J. Elroy McCaw’s KRSC Seattle radio station, he found his niche in the creativity of sales and marketing. A private pilot (he flew a Mooney), golfer, fly fisherman and avid tennis player, Phil kept busy with work, family and sports until his retirement, at which time he and Ellie (his wife of 65 years) began to divide their time between their home on Bainbridge Island (which they built in the early 1950s) and Palm Desert.

At 90 years young, Phil now enjoys gardening, painting, reading, following current events and spending time with his family. He is experiencing the joy of continued learning about watercolor painting.

First Friday Art Walk happens every month from 5-7PM (an hour before downtown so you can do it all) with featured artist in attendance and light refreshments.  You can preview the exhibit on line at and view the work all month in our newly remodeled meeting room during regular library hours.

As always, thank you for supporting your Bainbridge Public Library and local artists.

I’m so proud of my dad, who is living proof that it’s never too late to try something new!

“Three Birds”

Thursday brought the opportunity to visit with Megan, a dear R.N. who took tender care of Katie when she was a patient in the oncology ward at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Megan has married, moved to Montana and become the mother of two darling girls. They were all on vacation in Washington, and came to Poulsbo to meet me at Katie’s memorial bench in our waterfront park, and to pick up the painting that Megan wanted to purchase. “Three Birds” will now hang in their home in Montana, and I couldn’t be happier.

The funny part is that we were so excited to see each other after 10 years that neither of us thought to take a single photo! Here is a photo of the painting. 

Thank you, Megan and family, for making the trek to Poulsbo, and choosing “Three Birds!” I hope it will bless your home.

Art Sale September 16 & 17!

Please mark your calendar for September 16 & 17, and join us on that Saturday or Sunday for the Art Show at Savage Plants and Landscape! There will be a variety of artists displaying their work, and (of course) my gallery will be open, too. I would love to welcome you to this beautiful garden and art space in Kingston!