Three Artists Bring Translucence to BAC in July

As the bright sunshine and vibrant colors of summer finally take charge over what has been a doggedly gray year in the Northwest, our gallery, too, will be filled with luminous color and light during our July exhibition.

Translucent will showcase three artists: watercolorists John Adams and Mike Biskup, and glass artist Tiffany Thiele.

John Adams, Color Field. Watercolor.

Seattle area artist John Adams discovered an affinity for watercolor in 1975 in a freshman college course. He’s been painting in the medium ever since, and came full circle by 1996, when he started teaching watercolor courses himself.

John Adams.

Still painting and teaching regularly, as well as working as a graphic designer, John brings his unique vision of the natural environment to his works—both abstract and representational.

“This work represents my current interest in using watercolor lightly mixed, saving the white paper as part of the design and creating an area of interest or attraction in each work,” says John. “I paint the things I am most attracted to—light falling on a variety of subjects from the mountains to the coast, along with florals, are favorite inspirations for my work.”


Mike Biskup, Flying Home (detail). Watercolor.

Watercolorist Mike Biskup, a California native currently residing in Port Townsend, comes from a family rich in artists, poets, and dreamers. While earning his BFA at University of California, Santa Cruz, a “rich stream of zen inspiration” influenced the development of his unique expression of imaginary landscapes and abstractions, and has been an important element of his work throughout his career.

Mike Biskup.

The outward pandemonium of a Biskup painting belies the meditative process that the artist employs in creating each piece. “In my paintings, everything flows together. Colors, lines and shapes—people, places and things are woven into one harmonious, functional system,” Mike explains. “I want to subtly remind viewers that we humans, in all our diversity, are essentially interconnected, and with thoughtfulness, can function together harmoniously as well.”

Tiffany Thiele. Glass.

Bainbridge Island artist Tiffany Thiele brings three-dimensional translucence to our July show with the fluid movement of her fused glass works. Influenced by an awareness of how water, sky and glass share similar qualities, Tiffany will often represent those natural elements in her work abstractly with color palette and designs.

Tiffany Thiele.

The theme that threads itself through the work for this show is the “beauty of repetition.” Tiffany states, “Though repetition is hardly a glamorous word, it is through the benefits of repetition that skills are honed and designs are crafted. Whether it is a specific technique or as it relates to design elements, repetition brings unity and cohesiveness to the pieces.”

Translucent opens Friday, July 7, with a public opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show runs through July 30. Each artist will also be featured during our Artist’s Insight Series, with individual demos and talks throughout July. Details for those sessions here.

Photos courtesy of the artists.