CAA Newsletter for August, 2018
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Art by the Bay Paint Out and Sale - August 17-18

The Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild presents the 1st Annual Art by the Bay Paint Out. This event will coincide with the Art by the Bay Festival, in its 26th year, which draws thousands to the heart of historic downtown Stanwood. Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 paintings.
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Rick Klauber on NW Art Beat Tour

CAA artist Rick Klauber has been juried in as a guest artist for the NW Art Beat Studio Tour along with 30 other artists and 20 studios in the Skagit Valley, July 21 & 22, daily 10 to 6.  He will be showing 50 stones at Giovane Cedar Art,  Studio 4 at 609  S. 3rd in La Conner. Click the link below for more info and an interactive map. Come see what the "?" is all about.

You can listen to Rick talk about his art on "Skagit Talks" by clicking the second link.
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Click to hear Rick talk about Viewing Stones on "Skagit Talks"
Sally Chang at Art by the Bay

Lidded Vessel, 10" x 12", by Sally Chang

CAA member Sally Chang will be selling her pottery at Art by the Bay in Stanwood, Washington on the weekend of August 18 and 19. Art by the Bay will have a relaxed atmosphere this year with a focus on fine art accompanied by the gentle flute music of Paul Nyenhuis and other local musicians.  
To see more of Sally’s work visit The large lidded vessel shown here will be an item in the Silent Auction during Art by the Bay. Plan to participate, you may get a steal. Plus, all proceeds from the auction go to the Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild’s scholarship fund which provides annual scholarships to local high school students. New this coming year,  the S-C Arts Guild will also offer scholarships to adults wishing to take art classes.
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Thoughts by Arnold Ronning
If you are one of our nearly 4,000 visitors to the 20th Annual Mother's Day Studio Tour this May, I would like to thank you very much for making this special event a success.  Everyone with whom I have spoken had a very special and successful year, and YOU, our visitors and patrons, are the reason why.

One of the paintings I sold was "Cherries in a blue bowl", and I would like to share the story behind this picture.  In 2015, one of the Camano Arts Association's active members died suddenly of a cardiac arrest.  His name was John Delzell, and his studio was on Southeast Camano Island.  (You can visit his website here:

I had taken a five-day course on drawing with John in 2007 after having been inactive in art for quite some time.  John was so easy-going and approachable, and so remarkably youthful in appearance and behavior.  When I heard he'd died at the age of 58, I was shocked.  John left behind a widow, Jenna, and an adopted daughter.  At his memorial service, I recall thinking, "John, if you can hear this, I understand that I can't put off doing art any longer.  We don't know how many days we have on this Earth.  I have no right to ask this, but if you're able, I need help to overcome my inertia."  It was only a few months later that I started painting with an intensity that I'd not experienced since my youth.  Again, just a few months later, John's widow contacted me and asked me if I wanted to buy some blank canvases and art supplies that he'd left behind.  It was more than she could use.  I agreed.  Shortly before buying the blank canvases, however, I had a dream that I was visiting John in his studio for some advice.  We talked for a while, then I had to leave.  As I packed up my pictures and loaded them into the car, I noticed one of them did not belong to me.  It was a small canvas with a blue bowl of cherries.  "This isn't mine.  Is it yours?"  Yes, John acknowledged that it was one of his, and I returned it to him.

When I went to look at the art supplies for sale, among them were several small canvases, only 6 x 6 inches.  I had never painted anything quite that small, but bought all three anyway.  The very first thing I painted on John's old canvases was "Cherries in a blue bowl". (You might be hearing the theme to THE TWILIGHT ZONE right now.)  Thanks, John.  Someday we will make more art together.  
Plein Air Painting Workshop
with Jed Dorsey - August 27-29
Join us on beautiful Camano Island for an inspiring, challenging, and fun learning experience. This is a plein air (outdoor) workshop. You can expect to be painting at some stunning locations on the island. Jed will be sharing his secrets of plein air painting with acrylics.
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