A guide to the diverse art region of Camano / Stanwood with notes on shows, openings, classes, awards, artists' explorations and musings, and community art projects, to help you find art and artists to enhance and color your life.
“It has been said that art is a tryst; for in the joy of it, maker and beholder meet.”
― Kojiro Tomita

Vintage Watercolorists of Washington

March 10th, 17th, 24th 10am-5pm

Featuring John Ringen, Jack Dorsey, Thomas William Jones, Nancy Axell, Genny Rees

Camano Island artist John Ringen will be one of five artists whose life and art will be celebrated at Sunnyshore Studio’s Vintage Watercolorists of Washington show on Saturdays, March 10th, 17th and 24th, 10:00am-5:00pm.
John was born in Everett, WA on July 4, 1928. John’s uncle Hjalmar, who had immigrated from Norway in 1905, influenced his passion for art. Hjalmar was a very talented artist and made a good living as one of the first commercial artists in Everett. “He was my inspiration,” John says.
John received a Bachelor in Art, a second Bachelor in Education, and, eventually, a Master of Fine Art in painting from the University of Washington. For thirty years, John taught high school art. Many of his former students still fondly recall Mr. Ringen’s classes whenever they see him. In addition to high school, John spent six years as part of a “Community Development” art program through the University of Washington.
John joined the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) when he was in his twenties and served as its president from 1965-66. He is also a member of the Puget Sound Group of Painters.
John Ringen has painted in Washington State for over seventy years. Hundreds, indeed thousands, of his paintings fill the walls of homes all over Washington and beyond, bringing joy to their owners and collectors. His paintings sparkle with the magical merging of loose washes and crisp, realness of transparent watercolor. Each marked with his trademark: Ringen.

But it is perhaps as a teacher where John Ringen made his greatest mark and left his greatest legacy. John has often been called an artists’ artist. The names of students that he taught are a kind of hall of fame of watercolor in Washington State, including master watercolorist Jerry Stitt.

Click to read more about the Vintage Watercolorists of Washington

Schack 21st Juried Art Show

March 8th - April 14th
Opening Reception: March 8th, 5-8pm

"Jurors Chris Hopkins and Gale Johansen selected a diverse collection of pieces to produce an eclectic and visually stimulating exhibit of Northwest artists from nearly 600 entries."  CAA artists Molly LeMaster, Frank Renlie, and Russ Riddle have been juried into Schack's 21st show.

Get more information about the Schack Juried Art Show
Something is always happening on Camano/Stanwood. Click on the links below to get more details or to find contact information to check times or make appointments.
Matzke Fine Art.....................FSS 11am-5pm & Appt
Sunnyshore Studio .....Most Sat 10am-5pm & Appt
Art With A Smile ... 12-5pm, most WkDays 12-3pm
Forte MDA ....................................Sun 1-5m, & Appt
A Guilded Gallery .......T-S 10-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Jack Gunter Art ......................................SS 12-5pm
Whitmore Gallery ................FS 12-6pm SM 12-5pm
Coffee Pot with Fruit, Molly LeMaster

Intermediate Watercolor Class with Molly LeMaster

Where: Stanwood Senior Center.
When:  Thursday mornings from 10:00 – 1:00, next classes begin March 1st

Contact Molly at if interested
2018 Spring Stone Carving Workshop & Retreat
at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, Camano Island
The three day retreat and workshop (May 25th, 26th & 27th) $395. includes:
  • catered lunches every day,
  • potluck Party Saturday evening,
  • instruction from stone carver,Kentaro Kojima. 
Marenakos Rock Center and Neolithic Stone will provide stones for sale during the workshop and loaner tools provided by the Northwest Stone Sculpture Association.

Please call or email for a package contains information about the Stone Carving Workshop at:

Sunnyshore Studio Celebrates Art Family Matriarch Fanny Y Cory

A nationally known illustrator and artist, she created and illustrated comic strips, painted a delightful series of  "Fairy Alphabet" paintings,  inspired and inspires an entire family of Camano artists.
Click here to read, see, and listen to the story of Fanny Y Cory

Several of our members are authors as well as visual artists. Chaim sent in the following note. You can see more detail by following the link below.

"We began a small publishing company for greeting cards, prints, and books back in 1990 in Israel. We printed hundreds of thousands of cards which sold throughout the country and by mail order around the world. When we came back to America, we devoted ourselves mainly to original art and teaching. Our original art is now in dozens of public places. But I missed publishing - the process, though very time consuming, the combination of image and text, and meeting people at book fairs and signings. I have been devoting full time, for a full year, to publishing five new books, three of them in collaboration with Yonnah. We will presenting one of them: "Touching on Place - Architectural Elements in Israel" at the Jewish Book Council in New York in late May. Hopefully this will lead to a national book tour. Then we will be presenting that book and the others at the New York Book Expo, the largest book fair in America. We have also been offered a speaking slot. One of my books, "Public Works" is partially based on my experience on the Planning Commission of Stanwood. We will be offering the books during the Mother's Day Tour."
Books by Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy
Susan Rothschild is a digital mixed media artist specializing in nature and animal images. She was a Hollywood photographer for 28 years. She is currently offering custom pet portraits on large canvases.

More at Susan Rothschild Website
The Glassed Supper, Ray Fossum

Ray Fossum is a fused glass artist. The above piece is a recent commission that involved 262 individual pieces of glass plus painted details fused in five separate firings.  The work was done in three panels and stands on its own.

The image below shows a series of owl cartoons he recently completed. These can be hung outside to serve as Sun Catchers. They will be available during this year's Studio Tour.

If you are interested in more details or in commissioning a piece contact Ray at
Juanita Hagberg's ( website) mixed watermedia painting, "Currents V" was accepted into "Aquarius 2018 - A Pacific Regional Watercolor Exhibition."  The Central Coast Watercolor Society Show was juried by Michael Reardon. The exhibit is from February 23 - April 15, 2018 at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (website), San Luis Obispo, California. Opening Reception is March 2.

Jeffery O'Boyle's (websiteMazama received First Place in the painting category and also the People’s Choice Award in the recent Art Aloft Show at the Guilded Gallery in Stanwood.

Mazama, Jeffery O'Boyle
Arnold Ronning sent in this note about a recent piece he was experimenting with (images below).

"Since I cannot get away to sunnier, warmer climates this winter, I decided to paint a California coast seascape in January.  (Incidentally, January 2018 was one of the grayest, wettest on record.)  In all honesty, I struggled with this painting more than usual to get the water and rocks right and I am still not satisfied.  But I learned a thing or two to carry over to the next painting.  (Translation: this painting is available at a discounted price compared to other pieces its size!)

One of the peculiar successes of this picture, however, is how well it adapts to ambient light. These two photos of the painting are not photoshopped – they are I-phone snapshots taken in natural light (the cooler blue version) and overhead incandescent ceiling light (the warmer more yellow/orange version).  Please remember this as you display your own artwork at home that the proper lighting makes a tremendous difference.  With some creativity, you will discover that your artwork is capable of displaying more than one mood!"
Nick Seegert received first place in the Nature Division for his photo (in background) titled "Smooth Landing" at the 2018 Eagle Festival in Arlington, WA. Many will have a copy of this photo in their homes soon, as it was also chosen for the cover of the 2018, 2019 Stanwood Camano Phone Book that comes out in June. Of course, this image will also be available at his studio (#14) during the 2018 Studio Tour.

Procelain painter Nicki Yamamoto has been exploring in some interesting new directions. She sent this note: "I had been dreaming of painting Sumie. I visited Kyoto last spring, and this is the view from ANA hotel room. I visited the specialty store in Tokyo and bought rice papers, sumi ink and brushes. It's quite different from porcelain painting. It's almost opposite approach I made from porcelain painting. I had a lots of fun."

The 2018 Studio Tour is shaping up with some interesting pairings. The already diverse art of painter and teacher, Dotti Burton, will be enhanced by the 3-D art of potter Sally Chang and viewing stone artist Rick Klauber to make up a saucy visual stop on the Studio Tour this year (Studio 21).  Compare the feeling of movement, balance and color that Rick finds in raw nature with that of the abstract and impressionistic excursions by brush taken by Dotti on canvas and Sally on the potter's wheel. Should be fun!
Well known CAA artist  Dotti Burton partnered with the Camano Island Library and Friends of the Library to present "Create Your Own Masterpiece" in February, creating  modern paintings with a contemporary point of view using acrylic and mixed media. Space was limited to 24  adults and was filled immediately. Dotti also teaches painting classes at the Guilded Gallery, and her work can be seen during  the 2018 Camano Island Studio Tour and on her website.
On entering the island, visitors will soon see two large canvasses (4' x 6') advertising the CAA Studio Tour at Dan Koffman's Gallery -- Art with a Smile -- just east of freedom park. The second image, " 'Artist's Camano Island' is a fresh look at the Art that 30 CAA Artists created for the 'Welcome Mural' at Freedom Park where it proudly now stands. Profit from the sale of the Image will go to the CAA Scholarship Fund in the name of all of the contributing artists.
Marie-Claire Dole will be our speaker at the March 7th meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 with a social prelude at 6pm. Art supporters and just plain interested public are welcome.

Marie-Claire is well known for her unique, delicate, and one-of-a-kind, fine jewelry pieces and for her pastel and oil paintings.  She will talk about “The making of a fine jewelry custom piece.” Slide show included.

Each of Marie-Claire’s exquisite one-of-a kind fine jewelry creations is made by hand using only precious metals. Her pieces often have a hidden side or a movable part with surprising and delightful touches.

Marie-Claire grew up in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. She knew that she wanted to become a jeweler since she was 5 years old.  She was the first woman goldsmith hired by Patek Philippe in Geneva, Switzerland. She has made countless custom pieces of jewelry for clients here and abroad, sharing in her work a deep and personal artistic vision.  
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