Camano Arts Association Newsletter

October 23, 2015
Dear (Contact First Name),

 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.
Artists About Town
Four CAA artists, Susan Cohen Thompson, Marguerite Goff, Liz Hamlin and Kathy Hastings, will be showing work at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes in Between - A Shared Experience, a group exhibition of 10 artists associated with Camano Island. 
Kathy Hastings 
In 2007, after showing together in the CAA Studio Tour, Kathy Hastings and Marguerite Goff began a conversation about art, life and community. They decided to extend the conversation and a few weeks later   each invited several thoughtful, creative friends to a dinner party.

Marguerite Goff

Many gatherings followed as the ten women, all loosely connected with Camano Island, continued their intermittent dinners and get-togethers. Powerful bonds have been forged inspiring strong work by each of these "
L adies of the Island " (as they came to call themselves). Food, laughter and conversation continue as they continue to explore links between process and imagination, between daily living and creating art, between love and loss, between art and community.

Liz Hamlin

Between - A Group Experience opens Friday, Nov 6 at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes. The show also includes work by Indy Behrendt, Janet Hamilton, Lynne Nielsen, Patricia Resseguie, Jackie Roberts and Renate Trapkowski.

Susan Cohen Thompson 

Click on this link to see more work by the ladies and to get directions to the gallery: Ladies of the Island at Scott Milo Gallery.

Marie-Claire Dole will be showing 4 pastel paintings at the Garden Club in La Conner with Skagit Artists Together during La Conner's Arts Alive weekend (the Nov 6th-8th weekend).  In addition, she will also be showing her new collection of jewelry at the Maple Hall the same weekend.
Dotti Burton will be showing her work at the Tsuga Fine Art & Framing Gallery in the heart of Historic Downtown Bothell, October 27 - November 27th and at the Schack Art Center Holiday Art Exhibit. This is in the Main Gallery, Nov. 19 - Dec 24th.
Global Warming, Dotti Burton

New Members
Opal Cocke
is a new artist who will be on the 2016 Studio Tour.   

"I am 'over the moon' happy that I have been juried into the Studio Tour. I am honored to join the other artists who have made the Camano Studio Tour such an esteemed and prestigious event.
My journal is full of notes about things to do and make and think about in the coming months. My days are busy. My studio is always a busy place, but now there is another layer to the busy-ness.
I think about my art/studio time as my job. My day starts with my journal, and then a quick 10 min. sketch and watercolor."
Thread Rooster, Opal Cocke 

Shows and Openings
Dannerbeck, Jensen & Lewing Holiday Show
CAA artists Kathy Dannerbeck
and Gay Jensen 
Earings by Kathy Dannerbeck
will be joining Paul Lewing for their Annual Holiday Show and Sale - Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6 to be held from 10 am to 5 pm at 105 N. 200 Street, Shoreline, WA 98155. For more information call Kathy at

Gay Jensen will be showing her fiber and Mixed Media Art and new 3-D explorations.  Kathy Dannerbeck will be showing her
Linear by Gay Jensen
handcrafted sterling silver jewelry and the new resin jewelry she has been making.  Paul Lewing is known for his ceramic tiles, tivets, ornaments and acrylic paintings.  This is the 27th annual show that Paul and Gay have held and they have invited Kathy Dannerbeck to join them for the 3rd year as their guest artist.

Stanwood HS Student Art Show
The 2nd Annual Stanwood High School Art Show is now open at the Guilded Gallery. The show runs through Sunday Oct. 25th and features 30 works by 6 students.


Matzke Fine Art Gallery
Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
Honey, I Shrunk The Art
Opening Party and potluck, Sat., Nov 21st  
4:00 to 9:00
Forty artists working in glass, oils, acrylic, ceramic, watercolor, mixed media, stone and metal.  

The show continues until Jan 10th.


The annual art exhibit, "Honey, I Shrunk the Art," was invented by Karla Matzke and Jack Gunter in 1990 as a holiday-priced collection of great artists working small.

All the genius was still captured in these diminutive works of art, but the space required to display it and the price was much smaller.

The artists, from Betty Frost, to William Morris, to Hiroshi Yamano and Lino Tagliopietra, Patria Resseguie, Kevin Pettelle, Gerald Tsutakawa, and even works by Jack Gunter and Karla Matzke, themselves, created magical tiny examples of their finest work. Greatness was captured in a 4" x 6" painting or a tabletop maquette.

Now in its twenty-fifth year, "Honey, I Shrunk the Art" offers great art by great minds at a shrunken price.

2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island 
Open every weekend 11 to 5 and weekdays by appointment.
360-387-2759  360-387-2759
Matzke Fine Art
Our mission is to promote, encourage, and serve as an advocate for fine artists.
Getting Inspired
New Directions, Classes, Groups  
Dangerous Art

John Ebner reports that he has built a new, small studio, a project he has been working on since last Mother's Day tour -- says it's for "working with toxic materials."

Creative Painting Classes

Dotti Burton's short series of "Creative Painting" classes will begin again Thursdays, starting October 29th. Please call for details at (206) 714-3647.
A Brush of Artists?

"A smother of spiders and a crash of rhinos, why not a brush of artists?  That's what I am going to call the gatherings that a group of us have been organizing for the past two summers.  Kathy Dannerbeck, Molly Le Master, Kate Riley and Helen Saunders are all in CAA, but we also invite friends. The idea is just to get together and "play" -- experiment with new materials and have fun. We all have very different skill sets and enjoy sharing what we know. Instead of painting with a single hair we gather all our ideas together to create a really cool "full" brush. Our usual meeting place is outside under Helen's solar array, but we are open to different locations as seen with the collage project at Molly's.
 This past summer we have done concrete leaves, driftwood sculpture, fish printing, Gelli printing, wire sculpture and just last week..collage. The dark time is coming, and I hope we can continue to get together to inspire one another."

Art and Healing

CAA members were recently privileged to hear a talk by therapist Margaret Carpenter Arnett about her use of art in helping patients recover. She also will be at Arts Alive in La Conner, signing her book, The Art of the Inner Journey (Sunday, Nov. 8th 12-2pm).

"After almost thirty years as an art therapist with a background in nursing, I published a book, The Art of the Inner Journey, about a particular aspect of art as healing using guided imagery, which features the drawings and stories of eleven women and two men whose drawings were of significant help to them in different circumstances of their lives. Most of them were non-artists! The images that came up for them during guided imagery were sometimes a surprise, and working with them a transformational process. This book can be categorized as inspirational or as self-help and can be used by group leaders or individuals."

Christiane Northrop said about her work:

"The power in Margaret's work comes in part from her ability to help participants access information about themselves crucial to their well-being, which is not generally accessible to the intellect. I have witnessed Margaret's work with a group of physicians in which she was able to help participants break through the denial and control which is so much a part of physician training. Her work is gentle compassionate and a very important tool in healing."

Margaret leads art therapy support groups for cancer patients at Merle Cancer Center, Anacortes Skagit Valley Cancer Care Center.

For more information click here: Margaret Carpenter

CAA Member Announcements
CAA Presentation
Nov 4th  

Open to the public at the Camano Community Center, Wednesday November 4th at 6:30pm, the Camano Arts Association will introduce Mary Pilkington for her presentation of Fred Pilkington's POW experiences. Fred was a WWII veteran who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, stepped on a mine, was captured by the Germans, and spent time in several German prison camps.There will be large posters, including  a map of Germany and camps for viewing from 6-6:30pm. 
Fred was an accomplished artist so there will also be an iMovie, set to music, showing all of his art work through the years. The iMovie was created by Mary Pilkington and Chris Tuohy and first shown at the Retrospect of the Art of Fred Pilkington during the Studio Tour in May.

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Quick Links
Local Galleries
Further afield


Schack Art Center 




Events Schedule
Stanwood High School
Student Art Show
A Guilded Gallery
Thru Sunday
Oct. 25th 

Between - A Shared Experience

Scott Milo Gallery
Friday, Nov. 6th

Marie-Claire Dole
Art's Alive LaConner
Nov 6th - 8th

Visual Poetry and Abstract Expressionism
Matzke Fine Art
thru Nov 8th

Honey, I Shrunk The Art
Matzke Fine Art
Nov 21st - Jan 10th

Holiday Art Exhibit 
  Schack Art Center
Nov 19th - Dec 26th


Camano Arts Association, Art Lives on Camano Island