Camano Arts Association Newsletter
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March 2017

 Camano Arts Association (CAA) represents many talented artists from the vibrant arts community in Camano Island and Stanwood. We hope this newsletter will provide an interesting source of information about our artists and what they are doing and about art events in our area and beyond.
Enjoy exploring the art links in this newsletter and discovering a bit more about our wonderful community of artists.

Now you can stay abreast of CAA happenings all month long at our Facebook Page.  You can see previous newsletters at our Newsletter Archive
John Ebner is one of our most popular and most collected artists (Studio 20 on the Tour). When not actually painting one of his serene, impressionistic views of the Northwest, John is likely to be experimenting.

Ribbons of color, Transparent layers of acrylic paint

"I earned a two year degree in Advertising art in Portland Oregon.  Fine art interested me more than commercial art but was advised that this is not a great way to make a living. I have been painting watercolors for over forty years.  I enjoy the marketing as much as the creating of art.  I love experimenting and trying new ways to produce art.
This image was created by using alcohol ink on ceramic tile.  I highlighted the edges with photoshop to make it look like glass.I had it printed on aluminum (dye sublimation) and finished it by pouring two part epoxy over it giving a high gloss effect.
At one time my work was distributed by Hadley House, an international art publisher.  They produced offset lithos.  This was a really nice ride for three years.  After this I started publishing my own giclees.  The best part of the giclee process is that it is super high quality, non-fading, and we can print on demand instead of having tons of inventory.  We can also change sizes and correct and adjust colors.
In 2011 I was selected to do the tulip festival poster.  There I was introduced to having images reproduced on tiles and coasters. This is a great way to introduce new people to your art. They make great and unique gifts, too.

"Dew Drop"  Acrylic.  Experimenting with ribbons of transparent color and using a squeeze bottle with assorted house paint colors to do the lines and dots

About three years ago we started putting images on aluminum. This is called dye sublimation where the image is printed on a transfer sheet, placed on the prepared sheet of aluminum and with heat and pressure.  They use 400 degrees for about 4 minutes.  The inks (special inks) vaporize and saturate the coating on the aluminum. When it is cooled, the paper is removed and the result is a very high gloss, frameless image floating about three quarter inches from the wall. They can be used outdoors as they are fade and water proof.
We also have images printed on the back side of acrylic (Plexiglas). This has a quality all its own. Using the giclee idea we also have images printed on canvas.

This scene of Cannon Beach Oregon uses over saturated color and black silhouettes.
As you can see, I love experimenting with images and new ways of presenting them.
Moving to Camano Island about 20 years ago has been a wonderful part of this career. I was one of the original founders of the Camano Arts Association. It is nice having helped to have this island known as the 'Island of Art'."

More of John Ebner  

The Ellingers will be installing a large, blown glass art work titled Aquarius Rising at the Camano Library on March 29th.

A dedication ceremony will be held at 2pm on the 2nd of April. Mark and Marcus have been working on the piece for the past month. It will be 34" wide by 60" high and will be hung from one of the main roof beams in the center of the windows.

Mark writes that  "this has been a fun project to work on with my son Marcus who has done most of the frame work and of course helped me with all the blowing. I am very lucky to be able to work with my son every day!"

Visit the Ellingers at Studio 29 on the Tour, see more at
New paintings by Nicki Wight, cover artist for the 2017 Studio Tour. This is Nicki's first CAA Studio Tour (Studio 17) as well.

Paris Store


See more of Nicki's work at

Sunnyshore Studio announces publication of limited edition book

Jack Dorsey's children - Jeff, Jason, April and Jed - are pleased to announce the release of a limited edition coffee table book that tells his story and celebrates his beautiful art. It will be released on Father's Day, June 18th.
It is titled Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist. Jack's friends, art patrons and collectors and northwest art historians will want a copy.  For more info and to order copies click here.
Michele Rushworth has been busy creating new images in oil that can be seen at the Camano Island Studio Tour (Studio 12).

Picture Lake is 15" x 30",  oil on canvas, and is also available as a canvas print and 8" x 10" decorative tile. "This view of Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan in the North Cascade range is one of my favorite places, an ideal scene that shows the best of Washington State", says Rushworth.
See more at

Enjoy a new spin on the beloved Tulip Festival this April with Dotti Burton's newest paintings. Today's modern and contemporary life style will be complimented with their lush colors and their emotional edge.

Dotti will have paintings at Christianson's Nursery in their annual "Art in the Schoolhouse" which is a historic schoolhouse built in 1889.

She is not a newcomer to the art world. Her paintings are included in Swedish Hospital's permanent collection, and she shows in exhibitions and galleries internationally. She will be at Studio 24 on the Tour. More at
2017 Spring Stone Carving Workshop and Retreat

 Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park,  
Camano Island

The three day retreat and workshop (May 26th, 27th & 28th) $395, includes: catered lunch every day, potluck party Saturday evening, instruction from master carver, Sue Taves.  Marenakos Rock Center and Neolithic Stone will provide stones and tools for sale during the workshop, and loaner tools provided by the Northwest Stone Sculpture Association.

Please call or email for a package containing information about the Stone Carving Workshop at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park. (further information: call 360-387-2759  or email:

Some artists are famous for their self portraits. Artist - Author Jack Gunter creates his with words as well as paint in a new book about his creative journey.



Asian Influenced Contemporary Crafts, Paintings and Shibori Wearables.

Continuing Through April 16th
Plus, new sculptures in the ten acre park.

ARTISTS: Nancy Loorem Adams - basketry/sculpture, Dona Anderson - basketry/sculpture, Liz Axford - shibori/quilting, Danielle Bodine - basketry/ sculpture, Carys Hamer - shibori, Lin Holley - ceramics, Scott Jamieson - photography, Cheryl Kamera - shibori, Rick Klauber - Viewing Stones, Patti King - shibori, Nan Leaman - shibori, Brian O'Neill - ceramics, Seiko Purdue - cast paper, Claire Renaut - spun paper, Patricia Resseguie - mixed media drawing, Seth Rolland - wood, Brian Somers - ceramics, Donna Watson - paintings, Hiroshi Yamano - glass, Richard Nash - painting, Dinah Steveni - Ceramics.

Curated by Nancy Loorem Adams, Patricia Resseguie and Karla Matzke
Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way
Camano Is., WA 98282
Open Fri. Sat., Sun.11 - 5
weekdays appt. 360-387-2759
email:  1 hour north of Seattle

Your Art Captured On Your Phone

by Nat Seymour 
Nat Seymour is a professionally certified photographer who captures products, portraits and events for businesses and educators. He also teaches photography at MoPOP Museum (formerly EMP), Schack Art Center, for the city of Redmond and to private students.

Nat is kind of a nerd, with a previous career in aerospace engineering to prove it. When time and inspiration allow, he creates photographic fine art -- of objects from rockets to rubber duckies.  We'll see how controlling light and shadow - using things you may have at home - can create great images of your 2D and 3D artwork. He'll discuss ways to capture evenly lit descriptive images to more edgy film noir looks with your phone, tablet or point-and-shoot camera.

As usual the CAA monthly meeting for April will be at the Camano Center on Camano Island with the program starting promptly at 6:30 on April 5, 2017. The public is invited and may leave when the program ends at 7:15 pm.
Nat Seymour's website is   here.

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