Camano Arts Association Newsletter

Camano Island Studio Tour Coming Soon

March 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.

John Ebner is this year's cover artist. John has been painting watercolors for 42 years, is a past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society, and is the most collected painter of the area. Here is another example of John's majestic landscapes:

Mount Rainier, John Ebner

To see and learn more about John Ebner click here: Visit John Ebner. Ebner is studio #21 on the Studio Tour. To learn more about the tour or download a brochure click here: Camano Studio Tour.
Featured Artist of the Studio Tour
Karla Matzke is the featured artist and gallery impressario of this
"Portal" by Karla Matzke
year's studio tour.

Karla received her MFA from the Univ. of New York at Albany in 1983 and was co-owner of History of the World Fine Art Gallery with artist Jack Gunter for 18 years.  In 2008 she opened her dream gallery on Camano,
Matzke Fine Art
Gallery and Sculpture Park, a 3000 square foot gallery and 10 acre sculpture park nestled among the evergreen trees. It is a "place for art lovers to view or purchase fine art year round."

Karla is one of the founders of the Camano Island Studio Tour.  She talked about the origin of the studio tour and her "dream gallery" on the Dena Marie show that aired  5-9-14. Click this link to listen to the show Dena Marie archives.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery.

 As an artist, Karla herself is is known as a "hard edged realist painter, primarily using soft pastel" and was named

Matzke Sculpture Park 
1999 Artist of the Year for Snohomish County. She is also a sculptor and has several stainless steel sculptures in public art collections with plans for more of these.

As a gallery owner, she is "committed to representing the best and the brightest talent from the Pacific Northwest, United States and Japan." Over 75 artists are exhibiting at the gallery/sculpture park.

You can learn more about Karla and the gallery and park here Karla Matzke Fine Art Gallery. The gallery is studio #8 on the tour.
Artists About Town
"Art with a Smile!" has a new incredible location at the neat red building with the (Jack Archibald) stained glass at the "Y" of Terry's Corner. Danny is looking forward to welcoming you to his "Biggest-Little Art Gallery" in the world . . . exhibits will change at least once a month, so plan to stop by often . . . for a smile!


Hours are noon - 5pm Saturday and Sunday with Friday to be added in mid April, or by appointment.       
Sculptor Ned Block's bronze "Lorelei" is on display at the EAFA 2015 Juried Abstract Exhibition being held at their gallery in the Seattle Design Center. The show opened March 2nd and runs through May 1st. SDC is at 5701 Sixth Avenue South in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.


Three CAA members, Kathy Dannerbeck, Helen Saunders and Molly LeMaster traveled to Tuscon to take Sherill Kahn's Push the Limits Mixed Media Workshop. Next newsletter we hope to show you what newly inspired works they will have for the studio tour.

Jack Gunter 

was recently re-inspired by a trip to Croatia and has produced a brilliant new series of works. He submitted this report:  


"I got permission to paint like a child again last fall in the halls of the  Croatian Museum of Naive Art in Zagrab.


Naive artists don't have to play by the rules. Masterpieces by Josef Generalic and Ivan Rabuzin, hanging on those Croatian museum walls, told me that genius doesn't need formal training. In their themes exploring the joy of life, forgotten nature, lost childhood, and wonder at the world, the rules of perspective, form, color, and composition were thrown out the window. To them, a cloud-filled sky was a playground, a bare winter tree-a fractal. The work had echoes of dark age artists like Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch. The scenes of common life, the only world they knew, glowed like icons painted by a third-grader with 30 years of experience.

I wanted to run home  and begin painting. I realized that, as an artist, I already looked at my Pacific Northwest world like Generalic saw Croatia. Here we have 4th of July celebrations at Freedom Park, a zip-line experience, New Year's Eve parties at Jack Archibald's, a Friday  farmer's market, a near-by fly-in, a crazy rubber duck race down the Stilly, a soap box derby, a bicycle hill climb, and openings at Karla Matzke's Gallery.


I could see these paintings in my head as I left the museum, and cemented them by compiling a list of the cool things that identify the Stanwood/Camano Island area as a community.

In the meantime, I learned the language of their paintbrush and the new-found freedom of painting with innocence, again."

Be sure to get down to the 'south end' to see all of Jack Gunter's new works (studio #2 on the tour).  
New Member

We welcome a new

Large Fish Urn,cast abaca, acrylic paint, copper wire, wood base by Maria Patrizzi
member, Maria Patrizzi, to the CAA. She works primarily in casted handmade paper, either in flat relief or constructed vessels, though often enjoys collage of handpainted / stamped papers and painting. You can see more of Maria's work on her web site, Maria Patrizzi 



Shows and Openings
Matzke Fine Art Gallery

 Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park


Six Journeys


These six distinguished artists have mastered unique styles through experimentation of their medium and innovative techniques.


Sanctuary by Patricia Resseguie 



Featured artists:Dona Anderson  (woven fiber), Lin McJunkin (pate de verre glass/steel), Carol Milne (kiln cast glass), Mary Molyneaux (collage acrylic paintings) Anita Mayer (clothing designer) and Patricia Resseguie (fiber and installations).  

Show continues through April 12th.


 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island 

Open weekends: 10 to 5 and weekdays by appt.


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

April 3rd - Gail Merrick  

       Stanwood High School Art Teacher extraodinaire


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


Liz Hamlin, the driving force behind the CAA's Mentor Program with Stanwood High School, talked about the Program and other matters on the Dena Marie show Feb. 20th. To hear the program, go to the archives here Dena Marie Archives
and look on the list for the program on 2-20-15.


New Artwork To Be Hung  


New art will be hung in the Camano Senior and Community Center on April 1 by Camano Arts Association members. It's a good place to see the work of several local artists. The art is for sale, as well.  

Classes and Workshops
 5th Annual Stone Carving Workshop and Retreat
A 3 day retreat and workshop with master stone carver
Sue Taves

 (April 24th - 26th)
Includes: catered lunches every day, potluck Party Saturday evening, instruction from master stone carver, Sue Taves.

Should you require any further information: call 360-387-2759 or email:


Need Accommodations? lodging at Cama Beach State Park, local B and B's).


Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way,Camano Is., WA 98282   360-387-2759 


Our mission is to promote, encourage, and serve as an advocate for fine artists.

CAA April Meeting


will speak on

Origin of the Studio Tour and
Developing Her Dream Gallery

At the April 1st meeting
6pm Camano Senior and Community Center


Table of Contents Links
Quick Links
Local Galleries
Further afield


Schack Art Center




Stretch Your Mind
Veterans expressing  their experience through the arts.

Kids Corner
Why Art Makes Kids Smarter - from Parents Magazine
There are many websites where kids can create art online. Try some of these at Art In Action

Camano Arts Association, Art Lives on Camano Island