Camano Arts Association Newsletter

April 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.
18th Camano Island Studio Tour
Mother's Day + 
It's only a week away! You're invited to the Northwest's premier Artist Studio Tour. Enjoy on Mother's Day weekend or the weekend after (May 6,7,8 and May 14,15).

Enjoy art where it is created. Come see the studios and talk with the artists.

With over 50 artists working for a year to prepare for this tour, there is an incredible diversity of art on view and for sale. Paintings in all media, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, fabric and wearable art, and metal arts will be here.

With 28 studios/galleries, you may want to pre-plan your visit. To help you, we've provided more information and a downloadable brochure with a map of the studios here: Tour Website.

New video launches to share why Art Lives on Camano Island

After 18 years, it's clear the Camano Island Studio Tour is doing something right. This year, the Tour organizers launched a short video to help tell the story of what makes the Tour so unique and what makes our community so special. 
Through interviews with some of the more established Tour artists, the video explores the stories of how people become artists, what draws artists to Camano Island, the inspiration of our natural surroundings, and the collaboration and support of our community. 
Take a moment to watch this short piece, share it with friends, and be inspired to remember exactly why Art Lives on Camano Island. Click for Studio Tour Video  

Mural Mural on the Wall - a Gateway to the Tour and a tribute to the impact of art in the community

The recently unveiled mural welcoming tourists to Camano Island will have its first exposure to the Tour this month.  A testament to the collaboration and commitment to art and community, the mural at Gateway Park was the brainchild of Danny Koffman and speaks to the larger impact the Tour has on the island. 
Recognized by many as one of the biggest tourist events of the year, the Tour has grown to become not only an artistlc footprint in the region, but an economic boon to the local businesses. 
As explained in a recent Everett Herald story, Koffman noted, "The mural is a big example of the unity of community."
The economic impact of art is seldom the focus of conversation, but it's an important part of the value it brings to any community. According to Americans for the Arts, nationally the industry generated $135.2 billion in economic activity, supporting more than four million jobs. While local figures are hard to define, we know anecdotally that the tour attracts many visitors to local hotels, restaurants and shops. The Tour couldn't exist without the support of local businesses and the local businesses benefit from the influx of visitors that come every year. A true community collaboration where we all win.

Camano Island in the News
This year's tour is already listed in nearly all of the regional arts and entertainment calendars - from The Art Guide NW to the  Skagit Valley Herald.  Keep an eye out for some feature stories in the Everett Herald and for our sponsorship message on KUOW!
In addition, our social media following continues to grow. We have more than 1,000 likes on Facebook and our most recent video has been viewed more than 550 times! In an age when Facebook is seen as a leading news source, getting more eyeballs on our social profile continues to be a great way to share our love of art with current and future collectors. 

Sunnyshore Studio "soft launch"

Work on Sunnyshore Studio (2803 S.E. Camano Drive) by Spane Building, Co. is progressing well. Sunnyshore Studio, owned and operated by Camano native Jason Dorsey, will open its doors for the first time for the Camano Isalnd Studio Tour on Mother's Day weekend. 
The mission of Sunnyshore Studio is to share the beauty of Camano Island with the world. It carries out this mission in three ways: as a Gallery it showcases the art of well known Dorsey family who have lived and painted on Camano Island since 1969. As a working studio, it offers classes and seminars for artists and creative people. The apartment above the Studio is a place for people to get away and enjoy the beauty of Camano, to be renewed and restored.
Featured at the Mother's Day show will be the original art by Jason and Jack Dorsey that was used as illustrations for Jason's book I Remember Fishing with Dad. Also featured will be the beautiful acrylics of Ann Cory as well as new art by April Dorsey and Jed Dorsey.  

Helen Saunder's New Work
Helen Saunders will be showing at location #18 this year. She has added still life collages to her figurative ones this year.

She has also been doing some interesting new "enhancements" to her gyotaku fish prints.

Michele Rushworth
Catching the Light, Michele Rushworth 

Michele Rushworth, an artist new to the tour this year, at Studio 11, will be showing many new landscapes in oils. These are mostly  local scenes, though some are from her travels to Italy, with originals, giclees and beautiful decorative tiles, too.

Hummer and Torch Lilly II, Michele Rushworth
Michele Rushworth Fine Art,  1309 Country Club Drive, Studio 11, 
New Explorations of Texture and Color
and Demonstrations
by Juanita Hagberg

Juanita Hagberg is showing her new watercolors at the Camano Island Waterfront Inn on W. Camano Dr., and Seagrass Gallery in the Camano Island Marketplace #23 (Terry's Corner) during the CAA Studio Tour. 

She paints loosely realistic to abstract impressions of nature.  Rocks, trees, and water are consistent themes in her paintings. Juanita has been using watercolor and mixed watermedia on Yupo, ( a synthetic paper with a slick surface,) and Tyvek, an olefin fabric (think postal mailing envelopes.)  These alternative surfaces, along with illustration board and watercolor paper allow her to fully explore texture and color - important elements in her paintings. 

Juanita will be doing painting demonstrations at the Camano Island Waterfront Inn from 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. on Sat. and Sun. May 7 & 8, and May 14 & 15.  Come and visit, and be sure to enjoy the great food at the Inn, too!
See more at her new website: 

Linda Demetre, Impressionist Oil Painter,
Focuses the Light

There are new ideas coming to light at the old schoolhouse.
Linda Demetre's new work will show the influence of a couple of Southwest painters, Kim English and Camille Przewodek of the Scottsdale Art School, where Linda took classes this year.

"My colors are brighter and more intense and my values even better. I fell in love with Plein-air painting. Light, as the expressionists proclaimed, is everything.

This year I also painted scenes from our own home, timing the sessions when the sunlight lit up the rooms, and the shadows the most dramatic.

I cannot wait to see you at my 1916 Mabana Schoolhouse, which is my studio. This year it was added to the Washington Heritage Site for historical buildings. The studio is #3 on the Map."

Matzke Fine Art Show - Studio 6
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.

Studio #6 for the Camano Island Studio Tour,

"Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth"
 Oil on canvas, 48"H x 48"W by Don Haggerty

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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