Camano Arts Association Newsletter

April 30, 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.

CAA Scholarship Winners
CAA is proud to announce that they have again awarded $3000 in scholarships to students of Stanwood High School for individuals wanting to pursue a career in an art related field. Gail Merrick, the AP art instructor, is instrumental in teaching and guiding the local students in a variety of art disciplines.  The students work hard to compete both locally and nationally in different art recognition programs.

CAA is happy to announce the winners of our scholarships for 2015!  The scholarship funds were divided this year among four students that the scholarship committee felt showed great promise. The recipients for this year are: Emily Firman, Abby Spencer, Amara Mulhall and Andi Hillman .

Scholarship winners (left to right): Andi Hillman, Abby Spencer, Amara Mulhall, Emily Firman

Featured Artist
Liz Hamlin, one of the original artists on the Camano Studio tour, will show an exciting new series of paintings, "Flower Girl",  based upon a new way to use watercolor which she recently developed. She explains:

"It started when I experimented with some old floral watercolors. I washed off as much paint as I could . A faint floral was left on the paper. I worked with the figure until my present method evolved.

Happy Girl by Liz Hamlin 


Now I start with a plein air painting of flowers. The next step is to immerse it in a sink of water and scrub vigorously with a sponge until only a ghost image remains on the paper. Then it is time to find a compatible figure --from my collection of life drawings--and outline it on the dry paper.  



The fun begins when I start repainting the flowers. Any shape that I want dark in the new painting will be repainted, starting with the shadows on the figure.

A totally new painting results from merging the figure and the flowers."


She'll be showing the "Flower Girl" series during the Studio Tour at Forte Music, Dance and Art Studio (Studio #27).


Artists About Town
CAA artist Bobbie Mueller of Camano Island (Studio 4 on the Tour) was chosen as one of 86 artists selected for the 75th Annual International Open Exhibition of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS). The paintings will be on display from July 1 through September 30 at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, Washington. The Open Exhibition Artists' Reception is on Saturday July 11th, 4:30-6:30pm. Parking is available at the Center and nearby parking garages. 

Late Snow by Bobbie Mueller 

"Bobbie's painting, 'Late Snow,' was chosen by internationally known juror Judy Morris out of more than 600 entries from seven countries and 24 states. 'Every artist accepted in the 2015 NWWS 75th Exhibit has an exceptional painting.  This outstanding show features artists from near and far.  Expect to see paintings that represent the best painting styles, the best painting techniques, and the best choice of subject matter.  Also expect to learn, love, and smile as you view this celebratory exhibit!,' Morris said of the show."

See  NWWS for more information on the show. Click here for more Bobbie Mueller images and be sure to visit Studio 4 on the tour.
John Ebner will be the featured artist for the June 4 Art Walk sponsored by the Mount Vernon Downtown Association. Location at the Front Street gallery at 420 Myrtle, Mount Vernon WA. 5-8pm. See more at John Ebner's website.

Dotti Burton has been juried into the International Society of Acrylic Painters 2015 Open Online Exhibition 
with her painting Splash.
Splash by Dotti Burton 

Currently her painting Just Horsing Around  is at the Seattle Design Center Galleries 2015 Juried Abstract Exhibition.
Just Horsing Around by Dotti Burton 

Dotti offers classes in Creative Painting classes. Contact information is available on her website Dotti Burton.  
New Work / New Directions
Candi Martin Baker is currently producing a large number of acrylic paintings featuring beloved landscapes, vistas and hidden views of the mixed forests of Camano Island.  She is focused on capturing the warm light that so often appears at the end of the day, and the cast shadows that are produced from the low light of the setting sun.   
Driftwood Shores Sunset Reflection by Candi Martin Baker

Her paintings are worked on textured canvases that add
dimension to the final product.

Candi works deftly on textured canvases, usually on more than one canvas at a time. She is motivated by the beauty and light of the Pacific Northwest

Candi's paintings draw you into her world. One that is cool, mossy, and sweetly scented with Douglas Firs, Madronas, and salty air of the Salish Sea.

For the 2015 Camano Island Studio Tour Candi is featured at Seagrass Gallery, one of three galleries on the tour, and listed as #30 on the Camano Island Studio Tour map.  Candi is also showing original paintings and prints at the Camano Island Inn Restaurant and Spa, 1054 S. West Camano Dr.  Stop in, have a bite to eat and see the art too!   
Kathy Dannerbeck, well known for her hand woven sterling sliver chains and patterned sterling sliver jewelry, has added some new fun, casual jewelry for this year's studio tour. 

Kathy Dannerbeck's
Jazzy Jewelry Line 

Throughout the past year she has been painting and making mono-prints working mainly in acrylics. The art that she has produced is then cut to fit a variety of bezels and set under resin for a light weight, casual and jazzy jewelry line. Kathy has produced earrings, pendants and bracelets for the tour (Studio 22).

Most recently, she and other CAA members, Helen Saunders (Studio 23) and Molly LeMaster (Studio 24), took a three day multi-media workshop in Tucson, Arizona from world recognized Sherrill Kahn. The workshop was productive for all three artists who were able to incorporate new ideas and techniques into their work.

Untitled in cold wax/oil paint mix, Helen Saunders 

Owls, Molly LeMaster 
New Camano Arts Association member Michele Rushworth is nationally known for her portraits in oils of VIP's around the country (see  Michele Rushworth) .

She also loves painting landscapes and several of her works can be seen at the Camano Island Community Center during the 2015 Studio Tour.

Clamming, Michele Rushworth

Mark Ellinger of Glass Quest Studio (#33 on the tour) is busy in the studio making a lot of new art for the garden and home!


Click  here to see more of Mark's new creations.
Linda Demetre, known for her impressionistic oil paintings of the human figure, was re-inspired this year on her visit to Arizona. She submitted this:

" What's it all about? You have to feel the emotion before painting your subject. I would call my paintings, "relationships." Two women over coffee, a couple at a table, a man with his dog.....lovely moments to be recreated on canvas. This year was exciting for I took art classes at the Scottsdale Art Institute, from two renown artists, Margaret Dyer, a pastelist, and Kim English, whose medium is oil. The immediacy of pastels with their brilliant colors are a delightful medium. I painted from models, wearing Japanese robes, which resulted in some nice little gems. The number one rule is to have the models take relaxed poses and avoid a stiff, unnatural composure. Kim English's workshop was a boot camp for artists. We painted plein aire, using two models, with five, ten, and twenty minute poses. These exercises continued for five days It was exhausting, but Exhilarating. I had an epiphany. My colors are now much brighter, with more deliberate strokes. And that is what it is all about! "

Linda's place is Studio 3 on the tour and is the 1916 historical Mabana Schoolhouse. Aside from the tour, she will open weekends by appointment. She can be contacted at 360-387-8248.
Shows and Openings
Matzke Fine Art Gallery

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park


The Celebration of Spring


Flowers blooming, birds chirping, new moons and new dresses!


Janie Olsen 

Featuring sculptures by Sue Taves, Dan Freeman and Kentaro Kojima, paintings by Janie Olsen, Janet Hamilton, Jano Argue, Mary Molyneaux  and mixed mediums by Donna Watson, glass by Merrilee Moore, prints by Karla Matzke, ceramics by Leon White and Ruth Westra and wearable art by Don Haggerty.


Also, new sculptures in the 10 acre park.


2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island 

Open every weekend and weekdays by appointment.


Matzke Fine Art 

Community Events
Radio Programs
Upcoming interviews of interest with local artistis on

Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie

which airs Fridays 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on 1150 KKNW

May 8th - Karla Matzke      
of Matzke Fine Art and Sculpture Park and  
Mark Ellinger 
of GlassQuest
 You can also listen at

Table of Contents Links
Quick Links
Local Galleries
Further afield


Schack Art Center 




Stretch Your Mind
April is Mathematics Appreciation Month - go explore

Kids Corner
There are many websites where kids can create art online. Try some of these at Art In Action

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