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

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20 Years of the Camano Island Studio Tour
They say that the days go slow but the years go fast. That’s certainly true for the 20th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour which starts in just over a month.

Kicking off over Mother’s Day weekend and extended for an encore weekend once again, the Tour has become the biggest tourist attraction on the island, bringing art collectors from across the region and beyond.

The theme that Tour organizers are promoting with the 20th Anniversary is that of gratitude. Hundreds of artists and community supporters have been a part of the Tour over the years – making Camano Island a true art destination for artists of all mediums.

 In fact, there are a number of new artists on the Tour this year, including:
  • Susan Seymour - Mixed Media Paper
  • April Brauneis - Pastel/Graphite
  • Shann Spishak - Oil, Watercolor, Mixed Media
  • Arnold Ronning – Acrylic
  • Jeff O'Boyle - Oil & Graphite
John Ebner, one of the founding Tour members and a popular stop every year for new and returning guests, is this year’s brochure cover artist and is planning to share a book of images from the many years he’s been on the tour with visitors to his studio this year.

Other new promotions for the 20th Anniversary include the introduction of coasters to restaurants from Stanwood to Seattle, building on the partnerships with art supporters to reach more people with news about the Tour.

The new brochure, including an interactive tour map, are now available at the Camano Studio Tour website: Please remember to share the news with your friends and families and look for more information via Facebook and Instagram. Because Art Lives on Camano Island.
Sample of the 20th Anniversary coasters that will be available at area restaurants starting mid-April

Elemental: Metal, Glass, and Wood

Gallery Pegasus
March 2nd - April 30th

Mark and Marcus Ellinger have several pieces in the show Elemental: Metal, Glass, and Wood at Gallery Pegasus that they made together.  Mark says "it is a great little gallery right in the heart of Bellingham with lots of great restaurants and shops all around, great place to spend an afternoon."

Miniature Art Works Show

April 13th thru April 29th
Meet the Artists
Reception: Sat April 21st, 5-7pm

Works include: Paintings, Photography, Collage, Glass, Wood, Metal,
Pottery, and Fiber
At the Guilded Gallery in Downtown Stanwood

Schack 21st Juried Art Show

Viewable until  April 14th

Two CAA members received awards at the Schack show, Russ Riddle (First Prize, 3-D category) and Molly LeMaster (Honorable Mention, 2-D category).

Tree of Harmony, Russ Riddle
Zinnias, Molly LeMaster

Schack "The Intersection of Art + Math" Show

April 26 – June 2
Opening Reception: April 26, 5-8pm

Russ Riddle's Logarithmic Rosette Table was accepted into the show and is featured on the exhibit page.
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 ...................................... SS 12-5pm
Forte MDA ....................................Sun 1-5m, & Appt
A Guilded Gallery ........T-S 10-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Jack Gunter Art ......................................SS 12-5pm
Whitmore Gallery .....................S 11-5pm, S 12-4pm
Art Instruction at the Guilded Gallery

Jeffrey O'Boyle - Beginning Oil Painting  April and May
Val Paul Taylor - Drawing 2 - Still life and perspective - April and May
Kathy Collins - Watercolor and Collage Workshop  - March 24
Michele Cooper -  Watercolor Class - April and May
"During the first week of March I anticipated the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival by painting a tulip field.  Last year I was lucky to visit early on a weekday morning that was blustery and cold and therefore few visitors.  The fields were wet and muddy, but the puddles made lovely reflections of the sky above.  Painting the tulip fields represents a mental hurdle for me because I was intimidated by the splendid artwork inspired by the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  My mind put up these barriers like, “I can’t paint that because tulip fields are for professional artists.”  This year I decided it was time to try.  I’m happy I did, and I hope you enjoy the result, too."

Arnold Ronning
From Munitions to Moons
Kathy Hastings
Here is the backstory about my new series called Heron Moon. For years there has been a bronze vase I've used for holding paint brushes. It wasn't until a couple of months ago that the crane motif around the rim caught my attention. I asked my mother about the history of the vase. My father was stationed in Japan at the close of WWII. He found the vessel with its broken handle in a heap of discarded metal objects that were destined to melted and turned into ammunition.

Heron MoonI took a picture of the circular bird with my iPhone and lightened the image in Photoshop.

Now it's the "moon" in my new photo encaustic series.

     Heron Moon                                            Silk Road

Burton Studio Will Have Paintings, Ceramics, and Viewing Stones on the Studio Tour 

Dotti Burton has invited two artists: Sally Chang and Rick Klauber to join her during the tour this year at “Studio 21” providing visitors with a most interesting Cultural Safari. 

Sally Chang’s 30 years of creative experience provides an extensive line of hand-shaped utilitarian pottery. This winter she has been using a new clay body to create some indoor/outdoor pieces. Works in progress include over-sized bottles, vases, and lanterns as pictured here. Her well known tableware for casual dining will also be available. 

Rick Klauber is a wood carver with an eye for natural viewing stones which are presented on hand-carved wooden bases for the viewer to contemplate and enjoy. This year’s viewing stones include a series of stones and concretions that provide both a fresh and salt water theme.
Pieces will include both fauna and natural scenes. If you walk the beaches or climb the mountain trails in the Cascades his pieces will remind you of your peaceful days in the out-of-doors. Rick’s art form dates back 1500 years in Asia. He has updated the bases to reflect a more balanced art form with interaction between base and stone. 

Come and see what Dotti is creating in her ongoing growth as a painter with a flare to elicit your emotional response. In her Saturday classes at the Guilded Gallery she has been showing students how the use of light, medium and especially dark values create painting drama. To demonstrate this, she has begun a new series primarily using black, grey and white which for those that have seen them, consider these new works very fresh, dramatic and stunning. She'll be posting them soon on her website, Enjoy her new modern and contemporary paintings, traditional watercolors, prints and cards.

John Ebner's new book will be available at this year's Studio Tour. "It is to celebrate my being on the Camano Island Studio Tour for 20 years, and also I just turned seventy five and figured if I was ever going to do this I had better do it now."
For more information on this book  go to

News from Glass Quest (Mark and Marcus Ellinger)

"We have been busy in the studio making pieces for the spring and summer shows, working on some new pieces made with blown glass, copper and concrete. I'm looking forward to some creative collaboration with my son and making some new and different sculptures.

We have also been doing a lot more Cremation pieces lately, the latest one being for a women's horse. We've created a sunflower for the horses ash because the horse would let the sunflowers in the field grow to maturity every year and then eat them when the seeds were ready.

We put the ashes in the center of the sunflower that has the colors of her horse in it and swirled them around to make a spiral of color and ash. Here is a picture of it in progress. It will be assembled and put on copper pipe with some glass leafs for the garden.

We really enjoy making custom pieces for people that have a great story, memories and emotional ties to something special or loved one! It is a wonderful thing to be able to do and brings us great joy!

This is another piece that we did with ashes from man's best friend.

Michele Rushworth is off to Washington D.C. soon for the unveiling of her portrait of Air Force Secretary Deborah James which will be installed at the Pentagon near her other portraits of Air Force Chiefs of Staff General Mark Welsh and Norton Schwartz..
This is a portrait of a judge for the New York State Supreme Court, Sheila Abdus Salaam.
She is also heading to Hawaii soon to make some landscape paintings that will be on view at Studio 10 for the Tour.


At CAA’s General Membership Meeting, on April 4th, at 6:30 pm, Real Estate Broker/Realtor-cum-Artist, April Nickerson, will be presenting her artwork (oil on canvas) and her story on how her art was her way of finding inspiration during a difficult time in her life.  She calls her process, “Art Therapy”…“life filled with color and dreams.”  April hopes that her “presentation will be a great one for those who have difficulty moving forward and need a little inspiration.” 

 As a private person, April struggled to talk about the difficulties in her life, but she could express herself through painting, “So, I started painting…what I felt…and I thought to myself these are so beautiful, I created these…It is time to believe in myself.”

Ya LeBlu Tibia, April Nickerson

The public is welcome to attend.  A business meeting will follow April’s presentation, at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island.

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