Camano Arts Association Newsletter


June 29, 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.
Featured Artist
CAA glass artist
Dolors Ruscha is our featured artist this month. This busy artist is well known for her glass jewelry and also does glass sculpture and commission work for the home. She has been showing her work locally since 1998 and has been on the Camano Studio Tour since 2003.

Dolors recently took Camano Island along with her glass jewelry to a wholesale show for "Handmade in America" in Las Vegas,  right after the studio tour. The show ran from May 30 to June 1st.
Dolors built her booth on the spot
Under Construction.

with  construction materials from Home Depot  that she shipped UPS from Stanwood to the convention center in Las Vegas!

So, was the show a success? She did do very well. Dolors now has 10 new wholesale stores and galleries around the country, including stores in California, Texas, Colorado, and Hawaii.

Still Under Construction
And, she signed a new contract to participate in the next handmade wholesale show in Philadelphia this coming February.

She is currently refining her wholesale line as well as overcoming the challenges of

Ready To Go
shipping a light weight and artistic contemporary booth to her next across-the-country show.

But, she says " My success was not in getting lots of orders in Las Vegas, but it was about stepping into an uncomfortable zone and overcoming the fear of the risk and the unknown ... Success is going for your dream... Success is to trying your fear becomes your courage."

See Dolors' website for more information about her jewelry and to contact her.


Artists About Town
John Ebner  will be showing his new creations at the Anacortes Arts Festival  2015. He will have a large 30 foot booth with originals, prints and tiles. Also beautiful pieces on aluminum. August 7-9  
For more info.Anacortes Arts Festival
CAA member Marie-Claire Dole will participate in the 12th Annual Studio Tour of the Skagit Artists Together Studio Tour, July 18 - July 19, 10 am to 6 pm.
See Skagit Artists for more information.

Mark and Marcus Ellinger 
are busy preparing for two summer shows, Art by the Bay and Art in the Garden. See events list for links to the shows and see more samples of Ellinger art at Glass Quest Studio

New Members
Jill Whitmore, abstract expressionist as well as realist, creates stunning glass and multi media art for collections in private homes and commercial buildings from coast to coast.

And her wearable art pieces are in shops and boutiques on the West coast. This UW graduate moved back to the Pacific Northwest recently, after having a successful gallery in Colorado and before that, her studio in Santa Barbara, California. She is so thrilled to have found a wonderful home on Camano Island near family, and invites you all to a showing of her work on Friday, June 26, at Russell's in Bothell: 3305 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell, WA 98021, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Jill's work may be viewed by appointment:
 Cell: 805.448.0929
Studio: 360.926.8114

and on Jill's Website.
Rebecca Tiland is a new member and was elected to the CAA board of directors.  She joins two other members on the board who are also not artists on the tour, Kate Riley and Judi Seegert. It takes an amazing amount of effort to put on the studio tour and accomplish the other goals of the Camano Arts Association, and this kind of support from the community is invaluable and appreciated very much. Thank you Rebecca, Kate and Judi!

Shows and Openings
Matzke Fine Art Gallery

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park


Summer Moments


Opening Party and potluck, June 27th 4:30 to 9:00


Sharon Kingston - Atmosphere Series - oil on canvas

Glass, sculptures and paintings.
Featured artists: Alissa Durling, Ruth Hesse, Sharon Kingston, Hiroshi Yamano and Many More. 
Plus, new sculptures in the ten acre park ! 

The show continues until August 23rd.


2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island 

Open every weekend 11 to 5 and weekdays by appointment.


Matzke Fine Art 

Summer Art Shows


See links under "Events Schedule" 




CAA Program for July 1, 2015
CAA Presentation

"Objects of Veneration"
Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy

6pm, July 1, Camano Community Center 

Husband and wife artists Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy will give a 45 minute presentation at the Camano Community Center at  6:00 pm on July 1. "Objects of Veneration" coincides with Chaim' s exhibit of the same name opening in Seattle on July 19. The exhibit and presentation contains paintings of objects from various collections, including the artists' own, that represent the sources of belief systems from all over the world, throughout human history. Yonnah will be displaying and discussing a cup that was found in Ashkelon, Israel where they spend half the year. It was dated to 1000 BC, made by a Philistine potter. She will show and tell how handling this cup has influenced her after 50 years as a potter and artist. The artists are presently working a new collaboration called "First Corinthians" based on the antiquities, such as Corinthian columns, that they encounter.

Table of Contents Links
Quick Links
Local Galleries
Further afield


Schack Art Center 




Stretch Your Mind
The Good, The Bad and the Pretty

Kids Corner
Summer art camps for kids and teens at the Schack Art Center.

Events Schedule
July 11th - 12th
Art by the Bay

July 18th - 19th
Skagit Artists Studio Tour

Now - Aug 23rd
Summer Moments

Aug 7th - 9th
Anacortes Arts Festival

  Aug 20th - 30th

Camano Arts Association, Art Lives on Camano Island