Beauty of the Northwest Registration Is Now Open


  a call to artists

Join us in celebrating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest

We are pleased to announce our eighth annual Beauty of the Northwest Show this September. We are inviting artists to submit either plein air or studio-created paintings and drawings that depict the wonder and brilliance of the Pacific Northwest.

Artwork will be juried for acceptance and the selected work will be on display and available for sale at Gallery North during the month of September. We are thrilled to have renowned artist and workshop instructor Charlene Collins Freeman selecting this year’s Beauty of the Northwest awards!


Online Registration

Available Now

Registration Deadline: August 10th

Poster Contest Deadline: July 9th


Beauty of the Northwest Prospectus 

The Poster Contest

Last Year’s Poster Winner

Dimitriy Gritsenko



Enter By July 9th

We are looking for another exceptional painting or drawing that embodies the feeling of the dynamic scenery we call home. The painting selected as the winner will appear on our website, Facebook page, show poster and other promotional materials. The winner will receive $100 from our contest sponsor, Digital Canvas Northwest.

Entries must be submitted by July 9th to be considered for the poster. 

We look forward to seeing your representation of the Pacific Northwest.



“You COMB glass? HOW do you do THAT?”

Since we get asked that a lot, we thought it would be fun to share the glass combing process.

All of the pictures in this post were taken during the creation of our “Hot & Cold #4” sculpture.

Glass Preparation: After specially preparing a Stainless Steel form, strips of glass are cut from large sheets of glass and are placed on edge inside the form.


Into the Kiln: Once the form has been filled with glass strips, it is placed in a kiln. After the kiln temperature reaches about 1670° F (and after we have put on our safety gear), customized Stainless Steel rakes are used to move the molten glass around in various patterns.

With the kiln open, the glass temperature drops quickly. The glass hardens and can no longer be combed. There is only about 25-30 seconds each time the kiln is opened before the glass gets too cool/hard to comb. The process here is open kiln, comb, close kiln, reheat glass to about 1670° F and repeat this process until the combing pattern has been completed.


After Combing: The combed glass piece then slowly cools in the kiln for approximately 15-24 hours. After that, it is taken out of the Stainless Steel form, the edges are smoothed using bespoke grinders, saws and tools.

Back Into the Kiln: After the edges of the piece have been smoothed, it goes back into the kiln for about 24 hours to add a high gloss polish and further smooth out the edges.

Time: It takes about three days for a glass combing like this one to go from sheet glass to completed piece.  The end product is always colorful and unique!

The “Hot & Cold #4” combed glass sculpture featured in this post is currently available at Gallery North.

This Thursday Is Art Walk Night In Edmonds

Come and Enjoy the art work of

Sue Swapp and Bernadette Crider

This month’s featured artists’ show includes the beautiful wildlife and landscape paintings of Sue Swapp and the exceptional pottery of Bernadette Crider. Stroll through the gallery and enjoy the work of more than 20 artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet many of your favorite gallery artists.

Refreshments will be served.

In Memory of Brenda Hall


We are sad to hear of the recent passing of artist and former Gallery North member Brenda Hall. Brenda was a member of Gallery North for decades and was a treasured friend to so many in the local artist community. Her whimsical artwork and wonderful sense of humor brightened the lives of everyone she knew. We are so grateful for her life and for her art!

Obituary and Memorial Service Information





Beauty of The Northwest

8th Annual Invitational Show

Last Year’s Poster Winner

Dimitriy Gritsenko



Submit Entries Beginning June 15th

 In just 10 days on line registration will begin for the Beauty of the Northwest invitational juried show. Artists are invited to enter paintings or drawings that depict scenes or subjects representing the Pacific Northwest.

 This year’s juror will be award-winning artist Charlene Collins Freeman who specializes in watercolor and sketchbooking.


Get your Beauty of the NW prospectus here.

 “Three Arch Rocks” by Leslie Ann Hauer

 “Local Color” by Christine Forcucci


 2016 Entries

Poster Contest

by Lauriel Sandstrom

Whether it be the hint of light glistening on a deep golden beach canyon or the cool blue shadow cast on a departing sunset ferry, Gallery North is looking for a special painting that suggests the unique Beauty of the Northwest. The painting will be featured on the poster for our upcoming eighth annual juried show.

The painting selected receives the $100 Poster Award sponsored by Digital Canvas Northwest. Owner, Cary Cartmill has sponsored the award for a number of years. He offers professionally photographed images of an artist’s paintings that can be used for producing fine art prints, art show entries and web pages. Entries submitted to the juried show by July 9th will be considered for the Poster Award.


Dates To Remember

  • June 15th – Open For Entries On Line
  • July 9th – Poster Image Submission Deadline – 5 p.m.
  • August 10th – Show Submission Deadline
  • August 17th – Notification of Show Acceptance
  • August 31st – Artwork Delivery from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • September 1st – Show Opens
  • September 9th – Artists’ Reception from 1-4 p.m., Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m.
  • September 21st – Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.
  • September 30th – Artwork Pick Up from noon to 4 p.m.