CAA Newsletter for November, 2018

News about art events and artists on Camano Island by CAA artists. Camano Arts Association (CAA) is a non-profit organization working to help our local community connect with art and to support local artists and educational programs. If you would like to help with our mission, consider joining as an artist or patron or by donating at WWW.CAMANOARTS.ORG.
You are welcome to join us at the next CAA general meeting on Wed, Nov 7th, 6pm, at Camano Community Center.  Click here to see the program.
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 CAA Studio Show and Art Demo
Featuring Marilyn Crandall and Sally Chang

Nov 3rd (10am-5pm) and Nov 4th (11am – 4pm)
Plein–Air Painting Demo, Nov 3rd, 2:30pm (Marilyn Crandall)
Pottery Making, Nov 4th, 1pm (Sally Chang)
Featured artists Marilyn Crandall and Sally Chang will exhibit their art in a Camano Arts Association open studio show on Sat. Nov 3rd and Sun. 4th on Camano Island. Marilyn Crandall paints plein-air (outdoors) in the tradition of the French Impressionists. Her paintings are created with free and loose strokes and often emphasize strong patterns of light.
Paintings by Marilyn Crandall

Sally Chang makes functional pottery you interact with on a daily basis. Her process of working with slabs of clay, rather than throwing pottery on a wheel, gives her great freedom and more alternatives, and gives her art a distinct look that exudes the feeling of having been lovingly shaped by hand.
Pottery by Sally Chang

What makes plein-air painting so exhilarating for Marilyn Crandall and functional pottery so seductive for Sally Chang? Come listen and watch as these two accomplished artists show how it’s done and talk about what they feel while creating on Sat. at 2:30pm (Marilyn) and on Sun at 1pm (Sally). Perhaps you’ll discover for yourself a new style of art to collect and/or meet some new friends!
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Map to Studio Location
  Woman Painters of Washington
Continues Through Nov. 4th

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, WA 
Create Art - No Experience Necessary
Learn the Raku Process
Dec. 1st

Decorate a pre-made bowl and watch it fast-fire into a beautiful work of art as you wait. The process is quick, exciting and above all, FUN !
Reserve your spot (groups welcome)    $50 /bowl
Time: 2pm to 5pm
 Date available: Saturday Dec. 1
 Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, WA 
call Karla 360-387-2759
or email:



Art's Alive Show
Nov. 9-11
Maple Hall, LaConner

Dotti Burton, Nicky Wight, and Robert DeFreest were juried into the La Conner Art's Alive show, November 9-11, at Maple Hall. Dotti will exhibit her Woodland Series and two of her abstracts. Three of Robert's photographs were accepted into the show. Click here for more information.
Woodlands #2, Dotti Burton


Jason Dorsey is working on his second children's picture book, "I Remember Running Through the Woods." 
Jason Dorsey published his first book in the I Remember series in December 2015. This series tells stories of a boy growing up on an island (Camano Island), to explore sacred memories in the formation of children. He's currently working hard with his dad, Jack Dorsey, well known Northwest artist, to illustrate the book. I Remember Running Through the Woods shows that the places we remember are part of who we are today. Jason reflects, "The woods which surrounded me in childhood are a part of me." 
Read this article to learn more about the work on this children's picture book and how you can view the original illustrations.

Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy

An artwork by Chaim Bezalel was selected by the Seattle Public Works Commission for its Portable artworks collection. Another work, a collaboration by Chaim and wife Yonnah Ben Levy was also selected. The couple have also been invited to speak about their newly published books at a culture festival at the Winnipeg Jewish Community Center in November.
Stars & Stripes by Chaim Bezalel
Pioneer Square by Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy


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Helen Saunders reported that she and Kathry Dannerbeck joined Molly LeMaster for the Northwest Watercolor Society Paint Out at Samish Island in September, noting that you don’t have to be a member of the society to join them for their Paint Outs. They spent four nights and five days working on their projects and are looking forward to returning next year.

Driftwood IV and Yellow Twigged Dogwood, by Molly LeMaster
Mixed media by Helen Saunders


April loves doing animal portraits. Big ones are no problem.  She has just completed a large panel  (3' x 9') for a commission, portraying an owner's lifetime of canine companions, the last added just as the panel was nearly completed. A second panel, part of the commission, is a full figure painting of her horse!
April says there will still be time to commission a lovely pet portrait as a unique gift for Christmas. Bring your photos to the Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 17th, at the Camano Community Center, where you can visit with her and see samples of her work. You can also see more at her website here.


Windswept Trees of Whidbey Island

John Ebner has just finished two new giclee prints and has a new VIDEO about his art and his garden.

Robert Dunn

Ahmed Jaddi Development

Click here to see Stanwood Camano News Article on Ahmed Jaddi's Artist Colony development.

Jason Dorsey On-line Gallery Launched

Jason Dorsey's Sunnyshore Gallery launched a "Web Gallery" on Oct 20th, coinciding with the opening of Jed Dorsey's "bricks and mortar" "Home: places of the heart."  The gallery appeared in two places on the website, the blog and on a project page, and ran only during the bricks and mortar show. This was different from an on-line store, and required a contact via phone or text. The show was well received, with people waiting at the door at 10AM for the gallery to open. Eight people purchased art through the on-line gallery. Jed has a strong following via Instagram and his e-newsletter.


Melissa Jander
Melissa Jander has been an artist since childhood. She earned her bachelor’s degree at WSU in liberal arts and went on to work in advertising, marketing, and graphic design. Painting fundamentals were learned through private instruction as well as workshops at Gage Academy, Art Institute of Seattle and Loveland Academy of Fine Art. She has been painting full time for about 10 years and is the current (2018) Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Poster artist. 
"I try to create art that engages the viewer's emotions through color, shape, and expressive brushwork. The beauty all around us here in the Pacific Northwest is so amazing and inspiration for painting is abundant. I’m thankful to have moved up to Camano Island and am looking forward to becoming more involved with the arts community here.”
Sweet Peas and Apples on Blue
18x24 in oil on linen
Apple on Silver Tray
24x24 in oil on linen
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Tony Bunyan and Jane McElroy

New members Tony Bunyan and Jane McElroy explore their combined passion for creating functional ceramic art.  From useful platters, lidded jars, and tableware to fun and whimsical pieces, their wheel-thrown and hand-built art is fired by kiln, raku, and pit firings. Each piece of pottery art is inspired by the exceptional beauty of the Pacific Northwest. From the majestic peaks and valleys of the mountains; the undulating waves of the surf washing up on the beaches; the exceptional colors created by the sunlight, mist, and the rain of the northwest influence each of their creations.


Classes by CAA members are listed on the CAA website. Their locations vary, so check out the listings on the website to see if they'll work for you.

Dotti Burton, one of our teaching members, wrote: "during the last six weeks 16 artists have taken my classes at the Guilded Gallery in Stanwood. I have been privileged to teach and coach each of them in a series of 5 Wednesday and 4 Saturday sessions. Their progress has been rewarding but even more important, their friendship will last forever."
CAA Classes and Events


Camano Arts Association will participate for the third time in the Stanwood- Camano Giving Tuesday Community Fundraising Event. We will be seeking donations toward our scholarship fund for local graduating seniors.  More information will be available in our next newsletter!


The next general meeting of CAA weill begin with a social 1/2 hour at 6pm Wed., Nov. 7th, at the Camano Community Center. The general interest presentation begins at 6:30pm and is followed by the business meeting. The public is welcome to attend part or all of the meeting.

"The presentation for the CAA General Membership Meeting on November 7th will be about the work of Camano Island Pottery presented by the Head Potter (and only potter), Roger Cocke. You will learn about the history of the Pottery, see some of the work produced by the Pottery, and, even, how to make a ceramic jar. All of this via a video presentation narrated by the Potter. Some pieces of ceramic art will also be available to view up close."

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