Art Destination: Perry and Carlson
Just an hour north of Seattle is a wonderful destination: Perry and Carlson. The combined gallery and shop are an inspirational art spot in Mount Vernon, WA.
Trina Perry Carlson and Christian Carlson bought an old building in the center of downtown Mount Vernon, WA, and have created a beautiful live-work-gallery-shop space. The shop features carefully curated home decor and art elements, and the gallery is home to the couple’s work as well as select guest artists. For the month of December 2017, the gallery is chock full of small works by both artists.
Trina Perry Carlson creates engaging mixed media pieces that evoke memory and nature. She cleverly uses the backs of stretched canvas panels as the basis for her works that incorporate weaving, stitching, fiber and found objects. Each piece suggests a story of some sort, or a specimen in a quirky collection. Using the backs of canvases gives you a feeling of seeing something secret, a special hidden meaning.
Christian Carlson’s encaustic paintings are inspired by the fertile Skagit Valley, where Mount Vernon is located. His current series suggests wintry landscapes with a hint of agricultural structure, all in very beautifully subtle shades and textures. Christian’s use of a limited palette and pared-down mark-making give the pieces a timeless yet modern feeling.
In my own work lately, I’ve been drawn to quiet palettes and almost Scandinavian simplicity. Walking into Perry and Carlson, I felt like I was among kindred spirits. Both artists’ work has a strong feeling of calm about it, and just looking at each piece gives you a sense of peace.
Visit Perry and Carlson soon, and you may even be treated to a peek behind the gallery doors into their home studio and living space. Take home a gift or two for family and friends, and maybe even something for yourself.
Perry and Carlson
504 South 1st St
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
The shop at Perry and Carlson is chock full of wonderful treasures, some hand made, and all from their travels. Many are unique items created by artisans, locally sourced in the Pacific Northwest.
The Carlson’s were hanging their new work the day I visited. The gallery is a big, bright space with shows that change frequently. Visit in December 2017 to see the couple’s own artwork on display.
Here are the pieces I couldn’t leave without purchasing… they have many wonderful pieces available, and all with small gift-worthy prices:
“Corrective – Black” by Trina Perry Carlson, mixed media with hand stitching, 10″ x 10″
“Furrows 3″ by Christian Carlson, encaustic on board, 8″ x8”
“Cocoon 1″ by Trina Perry Carlson, mixed media on canvas with hand stitching, 9″ x 6”