Camano Arts Association Newsletter

Mark your calendar - Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28th.
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Nov 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


Molly LeMaster's painting titled Driftwood 2 has won an award in the Northwest Watercolor Society Signature show now exhibited at the Schack Art Center in Everett Until January 2nd. 
From Arnold Ronning
"We were treated by Mother Nature to one of the most spectacular foliage seasons on record in the Northwest.  Now the wind and rain are here, and it brings its own stark beauty and promise of renewal in the spring.  I have tried to capture both of these impressions in two new paintings this Fall. 

Camano Island Leafless

Beginning in January 2018, Skagit Valley Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Washington, will be showing several of my paintings.  I invite you to keep an eye out for them among all the other fine artwork on display there."

Stone Wall in Autumn

CAA members Helen Saunders and Molly LeMaster worked with the National Art Honor Society students at Stanwood High School last month to create collaged self portraits.  They turned out great.

Here are a few photos to show the action. The first day was spent making interesting papers to use in the collages.  We printed, painted, stamped, and dyed papers. 

 They also really enjoyed using Never Dull to wipe off the ink and make interesting marks on National Geographic pages.

The second day Molly showed them her collage techniques and they got busy creating their self portraits.

They had already taken selfies and enlarged them for the project.



When is a dollar worth more than a dollar?


Kathy Dannerbeck has worked hard for years to develop and build the CAA scholarship program. Thanks, Kathy.

Let's Support Scholarships for the Arts!

Camano Arts Association is participating in the local Stanwood Camano Giving Tuesday Charitable Donation Event! CAA is one of 21 local projects seeking donations. Our goal is to raise $6,000 towards Fine Art Scholarships to be awarded to Stanwood High School Graduating seniors wanting to pursue a degree in fine arts.

We hope that you will consider making a donation on Giving Tuesday, November 28th, to the CAA Scholarship Fund. The event is a 24 hour on-line donation event and all the information can be found on the  SC Give website . Follow along with postings and comments on the Giving Tuesday Facebook Page and on the  CAA Facebook Page  .
CAA was able to give $6,800 in scholarships in 2017. This tremendous amount was made possible by contributions from our friends, family and the community. Thank You!
Why donate on Giving Tuesday rather than another time?? Several local businesses and individuals have also contributed to help boost the donations to the projects.
  • All credit card processing fees for online donations made on Giving Tuesday will be covered by the Donna J. and Charles T. Cole Charitable Foundation. That means 100% of your donation will go directly to our project.
  • All donations made on Giving Tuesday will receive a proportional match from bonus pool funds donated by Paul & Melanie Sobotta, maximizing your donation even further. This means if we receive 5% of the total donations given through SC Give on Giving Tuesday, we will also receive 5% of the bonus pool funds!
  • Donations made through SC Give on Giving Tuesday will make us eligible for prize funds donated by local businesses .

Early Bird Prize (Sponsored by Re/Max Associate Brokers) - $500 to the project that has the highest number of unique* donors by 9 a.m. Any donation amount qualifies as long as it meets the $10 minimum!


Philanthropist Hour Prize (Sponsored by Lenz Enterprises) - Fund matching for the first 15 $100 donations from unique* donors given between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. ($1,500 total)
Happy Hour Prize (Sponsored by Coastal Community Bank) - Fund matching for the first four $250 donations from unique* donors given between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ($1,000 total)
*Unique donors means different donors to the same project. In other words, if the same donor donates $100 twice to the same project during the Philanthropist Hour period, only one of the $100 donations will be eligible for the prize. However, the same donor can donate $100 each to different projects and have them all be eligible for the prize.

Please consider donating at least $10 before 9 am on November 28th! If everyone receiving this newsletter donates...we will win a bonus of $500 to put towards our scholarships! And you will know that you are helping the youth of today pursue their dreams!
While Giving Tuesday is an on-line event, cash and checks will also be accepted at various locations in both Stanwood and Camano. On Camano you can find a giving station at Coastal Community Bank at Terry's Corner; Windermere Real Estate - The Country Club Office; ReMax Associate Brokers at Camano Plaza; and the Camano Community Center.

You are also invited to attend the Fiesta of Giving Community Party at the Community Resource Center in Stanwood from 4-8 pm.
Please help spread the word and consider donating to CAA and the other worthwhile community projects!
Thank You and Happy Holidays!! 

Art Classes/Workshops at the Guilded Gallery


Dotti Burton
Nicki Wight
Val Paul Taylor
Michele Cooper
Jeffrey O'Boyle
Annie Moriarty

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.

You can read the entire story here in the newsletter in monthly installments. Clicking on the following link will bring up the latest installment in a separate window.
Read Jack Gunter's Sefl Protrait (final installment)

Christmas on Camano

In December 2016, Sunnyshore Studio hosted its Grand Opening with the "Beaches of Camano" art show. We are excited to announce our second annual Dorsey Family Christmas Show and Sale called "Christmas on Camano." 
The show features Camano inspired art, prints, Christmas cards, Beaches of Camano maps, books, posters, and Fanny Y. Cory's Fairy Alphabet books, prints, cards and coasters. 
The show continues into December. Studio open on Saturdays, Dec. 2nd and 9th, 10am-5pm.

Marie-Claire Jeweler


16th OPEN STUDIO 2017
30% SALE on Everything!!
Greeting Cards and Giclé Prints!
November 24, 25 and 26
Friday - Saturday - Sunday
11am to 5pm
                      1515 Walter Street, Mount Vernon WA 98273
                       Land Line Tel: 360.336.3776   Cell: 360.333.2368
                                          You are invited!
"Honey, I Shrunk the Art"

Wow, it's hard to believe we have been doing this show for 27 years.
The ever popular small works show where g reatness is captured 
in a small painting or a maquette sculpture.   
"Honey, I Shrunk the Art"   offers great art at a shrunken price. 
Perfect for the gift giving season!
Show continues through Jan. 14th.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, Wa 98282
Open Fri. Sat., Sun.11 - 5...
weekdays by appointment 360-387-2759
Our mission is to promote, encourage, and serve as an advocate for fine artists.
November 16 - December 31, 2017

The annual Holiday Art Show will feature works by signature members of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), as well as glass and ceramic gifts by regional artists.

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