Winter 2020
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In this issue:
Artist Spotlight
New Works in the Gallery
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Our Founders Series
Artist Spotlight: Patricia Thomson
For 13 years Patricia Thomas has been exploring (with her camera) the vast and diverse landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Many years ago, Patricia was looking through a magazine and came across a stunning image of a mountain lake with pink skies and rugged peaks. With excitement she declared that was where she wanted to travel and would try her hand at photography. Her excitement quickly collapsed into bewilderment as she took her first photos, dismayed at the revelation that what she saw was not coming out in the camera.
Patricia soon learned that photography involved much more than clicking a shutter. She states, "I will work on photography for the rest of my life, for it will take many lifetimes to perfect the art."

Patricia is dedicated to reaching unique scenes during the best light of the day, called "the golden hours" by photographers One way she accomplishes this is to be as close to her destination as possible.
In order to hike to a pristine location by the right time, she needs to start out at "O dark thirty." She can often be found sleeping in her vehicle at trailheads; she even purchased a car with the requirement that the seats fold down to allow sleeping. Being self-contained is a vital tool to save time and keep her focus on her destination goals.

Patricia's website is www.patriciathomasphotography.com, and she can be found on Instagram at @pthomas5313. Feel free to contact her at patthomas5313@gmail.com.
Art Walk
Come meet our imaginative artists and enjoy delicious food and beverages.

Second Saturday of each month. Join us! 5:00-8:00 p.m.
New Works of Art from Our Talented Artists
Artist Dinah Satterwhite's newest piece is titled "Coral Under Glass." It presents a little mystery, as the piece of coral is not visible at first glance. The beauty of the clear crystal glass ball and the beach shifts your focus away from the piece of coral, which is inversely reflected in the glass ball. I hope it takes you by surprise!
Our talented Linda Prine has a few new pieces to add to her beautiful wearable works of art. One of Linda's newest hats is a wet felted merino wool collapsable hat, which can easily fit in a suitcase for travel. How ingenious is that!? Pair it with her Warm Juno Merino Wool Collar and you're ready for your next getaway.
Paper Quilling Artist Sanae Goveas is always amazing us with the intricacy and delicacy involved in her art. Her newest piece, "LOVE," arrives just in time for Valentine's Day.
Watercolorist Skye Loyd has added block printing cards to her display. She prints each one by hand. A unique card for your Valentine!
Artist Josh Whitman's newest addition to the gallery is a stunning acrylic on canvas piece titled "A Misty Morning at Mount Rainier." It truly embodies what the PNW is all about.
Abstract expressionist Lewis LaBrashé is the newest member to Verksted Gallery. Far from new to the art world, Lewis uses an array of mediums, such as acrylics, resins, and pastels.
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Verksted Artists' Co-op Gallery has a long history!
Ken Blair
"back then"


"Our Founders" Series:
Second Installment

One artist who has been essential to our history is Ken Blair. He saved the day many a time, and somehow through the years he still has a warm smile for everyone. We treasure the ongoing energy of Ken and the Lymans (featured last issue) in our gallery family.

After retiring as a drydock supervisor, Ken began doing stained glass as a hobby and was invited to join Verksted. To the gallery, then and now, he also brings much appreciated maintenance skills.

Those early days (upstairs in a small space and away from much foot traffic) were challenging, even to survive as a gallery. At one point, "we were lucky to have a very generous landlord and we sold candles leftover from the previous tenant to help subsidize our rent."

When the gallery moved to its current location on Front Street, Ken led the way in remodeling, building, and designing features to enhance the gallery as it is today.

Ken has changed his art form and now makes beautiful copper and driftwood pieces, along with recycled metal and glass.