Camano Arts Association Newsletter

November  2016

 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.  
If you read this newsletter, you already believe in the value of art to bring satisfaction and happiness into our lives and to strengthen our communities. Your support of local artists is vital and much appreciated. Thank you very, very much.
Supporting young artists is part of Camano Arts Association's commitment to fostering the arts in our community.  Each year the CAA awards several scholarships to talented Stanwood High School seniors to help them achieve their dreams of becoming professional artists. You too can feel the joy of supporting these young people and being a positive force in our community by contributing on Giving Tuesday (Nov 29th) in whatever amount you can afford.
Donating on Giving Tuesday is easy and has extra benefits
  • Easy to do online
  • 100% of donations go to scholarships
  • proportional matching from bonus pool adds value to your donation
  • certain Tuesday donations are eligible for matching from local businesses
 For much more detail, click an information link below.

To donate, click this "Donate" link on
Tuesday, November 29th.



Sculpture Workshop for Stanwood Students

An after school wire sculpture workshop was put on in November for Stanwood High School students in Mrs. Merrick's art classes.  Seven students attended the workshop given by Kathy Dannerbeck and Helen Saunders.  Five of these were seniors that will be applying for our CAA scholarships later in the year.  It was great fun working with them and getting to know them through this project. They spent six hours with us after school and then had to finish up on their own.

Mrs. Merrick tried her hand at making a horse.

Jason Dorsey
Author Jason Dorsey will be reading his children's book I Remember Fishing with Dad at the Camano Island Library on Saturday, December 10th. This story is about a boy and his dad who go fishing in a salmon derby on Camano Island. They don't end up winning, but the boy learns the lesson that the best thing is just being with his dad. 

Kathy Hastings
Kathy Hastings' newest piece, " Vortex", will be showing at Scott Milo in Anacortes during December. The opening is Dec. 2nd.  

"I never would have thought a castle in England would be my next source of inspiration. In June after touring Alnwick Castle (where Harry Potter was filmed) I wandered into the castle gardens. In the water features area I came upon a fountain that swirled as it drained and then refilled to begin its swirling dance again. I was mesmerized."  

Jason Dorsey
BEACHES OF CAMANO coffee table book released, December 2016.

Country Club, Jason Dorsey 

Author Jason Dorsey has written a coffee table book that celebrates Camano Island's beaches and guides newcomers to our Island to enjoy them too. It is illustrated by paintings by members of his gifted artist family. These paintings will be featured at the Grand Opening of Sunnyshore Studio located on the south end of Camano Island on December 3rd, 10th and 17th Sunnyshore Studio.  

Memorial Barn Film
The film about the Stanwood Memorial Barn featuring many of Diana Yakowitz's photographs is now on YouTube. Check it out here.
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 link below will bring up the third installment in a separate window.

Read Jack Gunters Memoir - Installment 3

Read Jack Gunter's Self Portrait - Installment 2
Read Jack Gunter's Self Portrait - Installment 1

"There are three things we cry about in life: things that are lost, things that are found, and things that are magnificent." ( Doug Coupland)

Titled, Oceans of Teardrops, I took this photograph on Skagit Bay looking towards Camano and Whidbey Islands and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. The sun was low and the water started to dance and sparkle, and I anxiously set my settings to save the details in the shadow areas without white out from the glare. No filters, processed in monotone. I had to hold back the tears as I thought about this line from The Little Prince: "It is such a secret place, the land of tears."

Diana Yakowitz

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Dannerbeck / Jensen / Lewing Show and Sale
Kathy Dannerbeck and Gay Jensen will be joining Paul Lewing for their Annual Holiday Show and Sale - Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd & 4th, 2016 to be held from 10 am to 5 pm.  This will be the 31st year that Gay and Paul have held a Holiday Show and Sale and the 5th year that they have invited Kathy to join them as their guest artist.

 Gay Jensen will be showing her fiber and Mixed Media Art and new 3-D explorations. 
Tendrils, Gay Jensen

Kathy Dannerbeck will be showing her handcrafted sterling silver jewelry and resin jewelry. 

Rock Pendants, Kathy Dannerbeck

Paul Lewing is known for his ceramic tiles, trivets, ornaments and acrylic paintings. 

Meadow, Paul Lewing

The show will  be held in Paul Lewing's studio located at 105 N 200th Street in Shoreline.  For more information call (206) 801-7332.  We hope to see you there!

Sunnyshore Studio Grand Opening
Barnum Point, Jack Dorsey 

Long-time Camano Island residents and well-known northwest artists, the Dorsey family is thrilled to open their new Gallery, Art Studio and Creative space to the public in December. The opening will take place on three consecutive Saturdays in December (3rd, 10th and 17th from 10am - 5pm) and will feature 40 original paintings of Camano Beaches by Jack Dorsey, Ann Cory (Dorsey), Jason Dorsey, Jed Dorsey, Julian Dorsey and April Nelson. You can learn more at
Sunnyshore Studio.

 Matzke Fine Art Show

Honey I Shrunk The Art

Now Open. 2-d and 3-d Artworks by 40 artists, something for everyone. Great for unique gifts during the holidays.  Show continues through January 15, 2017.
Open every Friday, Sat. and Sunday, 11 to 5 and weekdays by appointment, call 360-387-2759


2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island
open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5 and
weekdays by appointment ,
call 360-387-2759  

Dec 7th Meeting at Camano Center

CAA Holiday Party!!
             Lets all be together at our annual Holiday Party
                December 7th - 6pm - Community Center
It is our chance to celebrate and share the end of a wonderful year.
 It will begin with appetizers, the beverage you choose to bring,
and the wonderful food supplied by all of you. The committee will supply
Punch, water and coffee......
We can show our new and long time members that 
CAA is a friendly and sharing community.
Also a small gift exchange with the tiny boxes that we passed out last meeting.
If you don't have one call Kathy Dannerbeck  at 425-462-9627 and be included.

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