In a New York Times article by Kristin Farr texture in art is described as “Seeing is Feeling.” The article reviews the various ways texture can be expressed in art and explains: “Just like three-dimensional forms, texture can be real or implied.

Real, tangible texture can be created through endless tactile possibilities: cutting, building, tearing or layering of materials, for example. Implied texture is created using other elements of art, including form, line, shape and color.”
In contrast, Farr suggests that implied texture may use color, form, shape and line to create feeling and movement in a piece of artwork.

Eastport Gallery member artists JoAnne Houlsen and Marlys Farn-Guillette use texture as an important element in their work, although in boldly different ways. Marlys incorporates items into her works that evoke the feel of the North Atlantic shores. Sometimes she uses found objects and in other work her imagination brings tactilely rich creations to life. JoAnne’s collages embrace sumptuous visual textures as deep tones and luscious shapes dance across her canvases.

To see more work of Marlys and JoAnne and the work of other member artists, visit

Call for New Members

The Eastport Gallery co-op has an open call for new members. Starting this year, we will be offering two types of memberships – traditional (entailing time and financial investments in exchange for gallery space and promotion) and online (with reduced responsibilities but including promotional support). The application period opened on February 1 and will continue into March. For more details go to: