Artists’ Reception


Eve Ingraham & Lauriel Sandstrom

Eve Ingraham and

Lauriel Sandstrom

Sunday, June 10th

Gallery North’s June featured artists, Eve Ingraham and Lauriel Sandstrom, were all smiles at their artists’ reception on Sunday. Both artists greeted gallery visitors who enjoyed the many colorful watercolor paintings and jewelry that were on display as well as some very tasty treats.

Several drawings were held during the afternoon where three lucky winners won original art work and jewelry by the featured artists.

Drawing Prizes

Erika greets customers.

“Really!” by Lauriel Sandstrom

This was one of the paintings that sold during the reception.

Surrounded By Colorful Paintings

Sunday Reception

Lena Leitzke’s Sunday Artist’s Reception was a treat for everyone who attended. Visitors found themselves surrounded by colorful, playful paintings that included landscapes, still life, animal portraiture, abstracts, and miniatures. Lena was on hand to answer questions and talk about her painting process. 

“I love exploring all the possible art styles and techniques” It makes me feel very happy !” –Lena Leitzke

Lena is the Featured Artist this month at Gallery North. Her show will continue through the month of April. 

Gallery visitors will have another opportunity to meet Lena at the Art Walk Edmonds event on April 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


2018 Small Works Show Winners


The winners for the 2018 Small Works Show were announced on Sunday during the Artists’ Reception at Gallery North. There were 174 pieces in the show with six receiving awards determined by juror, Barbara Noonan. Barbara expressed how difficult it was to choose from all of the wonderful art work that was part of the show. 

Gallery North would like to thank all those artists that participated in this year’s show as well as juror, Barbara Noonan, Home Realty who was a prize sponsor, and our community partner Coldwell Banker Bain for their continued support for Gallery North.



Here are the show winners: 


1st Place

“Jacked Up” by Lonetta Avelar

2nd Place

“Says Who?” by Jani Freimann

3rd Place

“CircuitScape 91: Shimmering Skyline”

by Glen Kessler

Announcing The 2018 Small Works Show Juror

Barbara Noonan

Barbara Noonan paints in soft pastel to convey her personal interpretation in a painting.  When not in her Pioneer Square studio, she’s off capturing light painting en plein aire.


You can find Barbara’s award winning works in galleries in Western Washington and Northern California. She is a Signature Member of the Northwest Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, a member of Women Painters of Washington and has juried art exhibitions in Washington and Oregon.    



Barbara utilizes her background in Human Resources as a consultant and mentor offering professional art business workshops.   A King County 4Culture Grant recipient, her artwork is included in the City of Kent Art Collection.  An eight page feature article about her pastel paintings can be found in The Pastel Journal, February 2013 and her artwork is included in two books published by North Light/IMPACT Books in 2017.



“Sounds of Seagrass” by Barbara Noonan

“Vertical Harmony” by Barbara Noonan

Learn more about our juror at:

Eve Ingraham: In Studio and Plein Air

“Tree Tunnel” by Eve Ingraham

 Eve Ingraham

I love to paint both in the studio and en plein air. I work in different media such as watercolor, pastel, mixed media and encaustic. I also enjoy personal sketching. Looking at a landscape and deciding which media would best display its beauty is a special thrill for me.

Adding a photograph helps me in my design. I spend time trying out different compositions as I take various pictures. It’s easy to delete what you don’t like. In the editing process, I can also look at different color ways to change the mood of the painting.

However, I have found that sketching a scene or people in real life informs me the most for much of what I create in the studio. I can remember the feeling in the air, the smell of the grass as I lay down my lines in my sketchbook. Also, there is a freedom in sketching as I know that I’m doing it just for me. I especially enjoy sketching while traveling. I can quickly get a sense of place in my travel sketchbooks that often transfers to a great studio painting and even better I have a memory journal of time and place that will always be with me.

Here are a few examples of sketches to studio work painting. 



Final Painting




Final Painting




Final Painting


Eve has studied art at the University of Washington, Frye Art through Seattle Pacific University, and Pratt Art. Eve is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society , the Northwest Pastel Society and Seattle Co-Arts. 


Awards Presented for the

2017 Beauty of the Northwest Exhibit

“Moment of Happenstance” by Kathy Collins

First Place


Beauty of the Northwest awards were announced on Saturday, September 9th during the artists’ reception. Award winners included a First Place for Kathy Collins for “Moment of Happenstance.” The Second Place Award went to Marcel Schwarb for “Anacortes” and the Third Place award went to Sandy Burnett for “Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm.”

Honorable Mention awards were given to Mary Anderson for “Skagit Valley Farm” and Dimitriy Gritsenko for “Index Washout.”



“Anacortes” by Marcel Schwarb

Second Place

“Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm”

by Sandy Burnett

Third Place

The 2017 show is composed of 63 pieces of original artwork created by 45 Northwest artists. Gallery North is honored to offer artworks by many high-caliber professional artists from our area in this year’s Beauty of the Northwest Show. The pieces include artistic interpretations of life in the Pacific Northwest.

The 2017 show awards were chosen by well-known artist and workshop instructor Charlene Collins Freeman. Charlene is an award-winning artist who has exhibited her artwork in many national and international competitions. Charlene teaches drawing, painting, and the joy of sketchbooking and also leads workshops around the world. Her newest creative endeavor, Cloud 9 Studios art center, just opened its doors in Bothell, Washington.

“Index Washout”

by Dimitriy Gritsenko

Honorable Mention


“Skagit Valley Farm”

by Mary Anderson

Honorable Mention

(Photo from the Artists’ Reception, September 9, 2017)

“Spooky” photos For Baskerville Lobby


Photographer and Gallery North member Joan Bowers will be showing a collection of her photographs at the Edmonds Driftwood Players production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. The play runs from September 8th through the 24th. 

All of the photographs (7) being displayed were taken in Scotland and include old churches and ruins that will lend a mysterious aura to the theater lobby.

Elgin Cathedral Ruins

The black and white photographs are Silver Gelatin prints. 

Cloister Iona Scotland

Joan’s work is also on display regularly at Gallery North.


Joan Bowers


September 8 – 24

The Driftwood Players Box Office is at 3rd and Main in Edmonds. The performances are at:

950 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020




Peggy Jacobs

Lifetime Member Of Gallery North

Farewell To An Artist And Friend

Peggy Isaacson-Jacobs passed away early Sunday morning Aug 6, 2017 after a week stay at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland. She was just two months shy of 99 years.

Peggy leaves behind a rich legacy of paintings, friendships and acts of generosity that have defined her as a remarkable individual artist and member of Gallery North.


A memorial service will be held for Peggy at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.



Peggy was a real trooper. She had amazing energy for painting.” 

–Shirley Palm (Gallery North Alumni)


“Peggy was one of the first to welcome me as a new member at Gallery North in Edmonds along about 1986.   Not only was I impressed with her beautiful paintings, but also with her ability to sell not only hers, but others work as well . She was a dynamo and a valued member there for many years.   I’ll always be grateful to her for her friendship and her mentoring along the way.”  

–Ruth Handewith (Gallery North Alumni)


“Peggy eagerly helped me become a member of Seattle Co-Arts and supported by membership at Gallery North. Her willingness to continue helping at the gallery in her early 90’s and her ongoing contributions were astonishing.”

–Janet Hawse (Gallery North Member) 




Peggy has often been described as a “people-person.” That combined with her love of art made her a natural mentor and supporter of those who were just starting their art careers.  With her bubbly personality and inviting enthusiasm, Peggy made many friends and acquaintances. For Peggy, her greatest reward was meeting all the wonderful people she encountered during her art career.  








Peggy’s professional affiliations included: Seattle Co-Arts, Women Painters of Washington, Northwest Watercolor Society, and Gallery North.

2017 Poster Contest Winner Announced

“Ladder Creek” by Karen Bakke


Thank you to everyone who completed their registration before July 9 in time to have their work considered for the 2017 poster. This year’s poster winner is Karen Bakke for her beautiful painting “Ladder Creek”.

Registration for the Beauty of the Northwest Exhibit continues for just a few more weeks. Be sure to complete your entry before registration closes on August 10!

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

Get more information here.




How I Make my Dragons


I am often asked how my dragons are made. Folks also want to know how long it takes to make one. I’ll answer the latter question first. Making a dragon takes between 10-12 hours depending on its size and complexity. Once it’s made it must dry very slowly or it will crack–at least 2 weeks, most of the time under plastic. Then it is fired once, glazed and then fired again. So the entire process usually takes at least 3 weeks.

As for how I make them, I’ve taken photos of my process and will go through it step-by-step. I will show how I make a dragon teapot but the process is the same for all my dragons.

Melinda O’Malley

Melinda discovered she enjoyed working with clay when she served as nurse at her children’s school camps and assisted with pottery classes there. She took a year of ceramics at Shoreline Community College and was able to build a studio at home.

She makes some traditional pottery but specializes in sculpting dragons. Most of her dragons have a job, such as serving tea, hiding treasures, or holding flowers. Each dragon takes about a month to make from start to finish. 

Melinda has always loved fantasy, especially dragons. The dragon appeals to her because of its strength, but she also endows them with personality, warmth, and playfulness.  


A Step-By-Step Process For A Teapot

Step 1: The body and neck are thrown on the wheel.

Step 2: The head is sculpted and hollowed out.

Step 3: The head is put back together and holes are made through the nostrils for the tea to
pour. The other components are assembled.

Step 4: The body is placed on a flat surface while still slightly damp to flatten the bottom
for sitting. A hole is made in the top for the opening and a lid was thrown on the
wheel (previous photo). I used the orange cap as a guide for both the opening and
the lid. The hole in the front was created when the body was thrown.

Step 5: Some of the components are placed on the body.

Step 6: And then I begin the job of scaling. I cut a roll of clay into diagonal pieces and smash
them before placing them on the dragon. I begin at the back and work forward.

Step 7: When the scaling is done, the piece is sponged off during the time it is drying to eliminate rough spots and to refine the details.

Step 8: After drying completely for at least 2 weeks, the dragon is fired to 1926° F over 13 hours. When it is done, it has changed color and is much less fragile than when it went into the kiln. This is called bisque and it is very porous at this stage.

Step 9:  Glazing is next. The clay’s porosity is really important because the piece will soak up glaze like a sponge.

Step 10: Once glazed, the piece is fired again to 2165° F. During this firing the glaze components melt to create the color and the glassy surface. 

And now I have a functional dragon teapot.