Camano Arts Association Newsletter

May 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.

Art On Camano Island

CAA Scholarship Winners

CAA is proud to announce the awarding of $2,000 in scholarships for 2016 graduates from Stanwood Camano High School.  Sadie Clem (pictured on the right) and Emily Hoyt
(pictured on the left) are standing with their teacher, Gail Merrick.  Each girl received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue their interest in art and hope to go on to share their knowledge with others.

Octopus by Emily Hoyt.

Self Portrait by Sadie Clem

CAA has awarded over $20,000 since they began awarding scholarships in 2002. Gail Merrick, their Advanced Placement Art Instructor, has been instrumental in teaching and guiding the local students in a variety of art disciplines over the years.  The students work hard to compete both locally and internationally in different art recognition programs.

Gay Jensen
Gay Jensen, longtime member of CAA, had artwork accepted into Fiber Fusion, the Washington Surface Design Association Juried Exhibit that will travel to 4 galleries in 2016-2017. 

"Rift" by Gay Jensen

The first showing will be June 1-23 at Allied Arts Gallery, 89 Lee Blvd, in Richland, WA.  The reception is Sunday June 5 from 1pm-3pm. 

In November 2016 the show will open at VALA in Redmond. In 2017 it will travel to Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend and to the Shack Art Center in Everett. For more information about this traveling exhibit: Fiber Fusion show 

"After years of making art that hangs on the wall, I recently started exploring the joys and challenges of making 3D painted cloth sculptures.  I love the interplay between the form of a piece and its surface decoration and am very excited by this new direction.

When creating "Rift" I was thinking about geologic rifts and also personal ones: those that happen between friends, between communities, between nations. Rifts aren't necessarily bad. They create new realities, allow different perspectives, and can be a call to action or to contemplation.
Techniques: Painting, sgraffito, screen printing (screens made by the artist), stitching/knotting.

Materials: Polyester fabric, paint, wooden embroidery hoops, thread, varnish.
Size: 8 inches wide, 18 inches high, 9 inches deep"

New Designs by Mark Ellinger
Mark Ellinger has been working on some new designs for his line of art glass. One of the new designs is based on an old art nouveau design to which he has added his own unique color design to create a peacock pattern.

Click here to learn more about about Mark's art glass:
Glass Quest Fine Art Studio.

Shows and Openings
Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park presents

"What One Dreams About"

Selected works in glass, sculptures and paintings  
by Northwest Artists.

Kiska, acrylic, 16 x 20, by Janie Olsen 

Featured artists; Reg Akright, Liana Bennett, Ned Block, Jerry Finn, Dan Freeman, Don Haggerty, Janet Hamilton, Diane Hill, Sharon Kingston, Jill Mattison, Bobbie Mueller, Richard Nash, Janie Olsen, Sue Taves, Ruth Westra, Leon White and Hiroshi Yamano. Plus new sculptures in the 10 acre Sculpture Park.

New sculptures in the 10 acre Sculpture Park.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, WA 98282

OPEN year round every weekend 11 to 5, Weekdays by appt. 360-387-2759For Directions here.

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