Oil paintings portray dreamy landscapes, realistic still life

Cole Gallery kicks off latest exhibits with Art Walk meet and greet
By Nicholas Johnson | Sep 20, 2017
Courtesy of: Cole Gallery “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” a 14-by-18-inch oil painting by Michelle Waldele.

Beginning Thursday, the Cole Gallery in downtown Edmonds welcomes the award-winning work of two Northwest oil painters.

Works by Michelle Waldele of Bothell and Scott Gellatly of Portland will be on display through Oct. 16. Meet the artists during Art Walk Edmonds, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 21, and enjoy light dessert bites and a champagne toast.

Waldele’s exhibit is called “From the Garden to Home, Vibrance In Still Life.” Her realistic still life paintings are described as striking, rich and nostalgic, drawing the viewer into enchanting storybook scenes. With an affinity for collecting antique toys, she loves painting objects with which she feels a strong connection.

Waldele is currently represented by the Cole Gallery, though her work can be found in private collections around the country. She lives and paints in the Northwest with her husband Ken. She also teaches art to both children and adults in her Bothell studio.

Waldele is an alumna of the Gage Academy in Seattle. Prior to attending Gage, she graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, majoring in drawing and minoring in metal smithing.

Gellatly’s exhibit is called “Abstracted Landscapes.” His oil paintings are inspired by the Northwest’s natural landscapes, capturing the area’s unique light and atmosphere.

Moody, intriguing, and colorfully provocative, Gellatly’s pieces offer a true sense of the depth and emotional atmosphere that embodies a perfect Pacific Northwest sunset. Using his talent for soft and subtle, he evokes passion and drama, keeping the viewer not only interested but captivated.

Gellatly, an Oregon native who lives in Portland with his wife and two sons, said he’s always been driven to create, regardless of the medium.

“Landscape painting is the perfect vehicle for my creative pursuits,” he said. “It marries my love of nature with an immediate, responsive approach to painting. It can, at times, be a welcome solitary act – and at other times, an opportunity for camaraderie with fellow painters.”

Gellatly graduated from University of Oregon in Eugene in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1995, he earned an Associate of Arts from Portland Community College. He is represented by Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland.

The Cole Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Edmonds, 107 5th Ave. South, just blocks from the ferry landing in the center of town. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information and to view Waldele and Gellatly’s work online, visit www.ColeGallery.net.

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