Jewelry and acrylic paintings under the spotlights of Galerie 9

PORT TOWNSEND – Gallery 9, home of the North Olympic Artist Cooperative, is showing jewelry by Roberto Costas Ribiero and acrylic paintings by Michael Hale this month.

The gallery, at 1012 Water St., is open six days a week—closed Tuesday—from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.

Costas Ribiero has been making jewelry for 28 years. He learned the basics of goldsmithing from a friend in Brazil, where he was born and raised but received no formal instruction, gallery organizers said.

He has developed his own unique style and techniques, and he still learns primarily through experimentation, taking the concept of “homemade” to a whole new level, crafting each clasp, hoop, stem, and bezel individually.

Her exhibition at the gallery is a selection of earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces.

“A long walk in the woods will certainly bring inspiration to the studio,” he said.

During the pandemic, he has been able to spend more time in the studio, finding new ways to incorporate recurring patterns of circles and spirals that find their way into his pieces, he said.

Hale was born in the Pacific Northwest and has been busy with his art since he could hold a pencil and later a paintbrush.

Majoring in his second love of architecture, he attended Washington State University, where he majored in fine arts. He found the architecture too streaky and switched to a commercial art program at the Burnley School of Professional Art in Seattle.

After a three-year stint in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he returned to school at the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, where he resumed his studies in business and fine arts.

Taking his knowledge of construction and marrying it with his architectural training and artistry, Hale started an architectural rendering business, first in the Northwest and later in the Phoenix area.

In Los Angeles in the early 90s, he was a scenic artist for various film and stage production studios, working on everything from movie sets to stage shoots to cruise ship productions.

Influenced by Maxfield Parrish and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Hale directed much of his work towards fantasy landscapes, organizers said.

This changed when he moved to Port Townsend in 2000.

“There was just too much of everything to paint here: the water, the mountains, the boats and, yes, this big old architectural element of the buildings…beautiful red brick buildings,” he said.

Since then, it has been the subject he has painted the most, just behind the masts and sails of wooden boats moored in Port Townsend.

“What inspires me to paint all these years is to share what I see with others according to my particular vision of a subject,” he said.

For more information, see www.gallery-9.com.

Roberto Costas Ribier crafts each piece of his jewelry individually.


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