Coming in November 2018

Thank you, Mr. Monet

by Lonni Flowers

Gallery North is excited to have Lonni Flowers as its Featured Artist in November 2018. Her show promises to be filled with the color and creative insight inspired by her recent trip to France.


My first trip to Europe occurred before I was old enough to appreciate the value of the opportunity. I  was accepted into a concert choir to tour 10 Europe for 6 weeks: 10 countries, 42 performances, traveling on planes, boats, trains, buses, gondolas, taxis…everything but horseback! My parents gave me a roll of film and $10 spending cash for each country…and off I went.

Everywhere we toured there were wonderful places to see…and a few impediments to seeing them; scaffolds around beautiful domed cathedrals, remodeling and reconstruction abounded. We saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace through the dirty windows of the bus; ditto for the empty tulip fields of the Netherlands (they were beautiful 6 weeks ago, according to the guide), and the exterior of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna covered up with painting scaffolds, and we actually turned around in the parking lot of the Louvre in Paris (that big building there is an art museum!).

We did, however, get to sing in fabulous castles, Westminster Abbey, Cologne Cathedral, the Pope’s summer Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, and many gorgeous architectural wonders. And we stayed in some amazingly unknown hotels…the one in Rome remains one of the lesser-known ruins…hint, the community bathroom is down at the end of the hall, turn left and go down 3 flights of stairs, turn right past the broom closet and you will see a faint light above the door…be prepared to wait your turn!


Lonni Flower (right) With Her Daughter 

In May 2018, my daughter arranged my second trip to Paris. She flew in from Mozambique where she was working and I met her at Charles De Gaulle airport. We spent a week in a lovely neighborhood in the heart of Paris in a typical French 5th-floor walk-up apartment…small, but with a view of the Eiffel Tower from our windows. We shopped for groceries at the local farmer’s market, the fromagerie, several Patisseries, and had our morning coffee at Starbuck’s watching our neighbors run off in the fashionable couture to work. We spent days in the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Musee De L’Orangerie, painted together in Jardin de Toullerie, rode the train to Versailles, wandered through Notre Dame, took a scenic boat ride on the River Seine, and saw many of the fabulous works of art and architecture that a trip to Paris offers! It was everything an artist could hope for. Halfway through our week, I wanted to move permanently.

 

 

“Standing in front of Monet’s Cathedral Rouen paintings, tears overcame me.”

Lonni Flowers in L’Orangerie

Standing in front of Monet’s Cathedral Rouen paintings, tears overcame me. OF course, that was nothing compared to standing in a huge room in L’Orangerie surrounded by 4 6’ by 30’ paintings of the Monet waterlilies! The originals are breathtaking. So much more beautiful than photos in an art history book! It suddenly occurred to me that my art has always been influenced by the palette of Monet…the blues and lavenders, the lemony yellows, magentas. His love of light is crucial; his colors are rich and precise…not that I can ever achieve that perfection, but I am ready to paint again in my original style of Abstract Impressionism. I’m working on it! And so, I came home to our beautiful sunsets in the Pacific Northwest inspired to paint, paint, paint!

Lonni Painting Outside the Musee De L’Orange

The Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

— Wikipedia

Beauty of the Northwest Poster Contest Winner

“NW Mosaic” by Emiliya Lane

Congratulations to Emiliya Lane, this year’s Beauty of the Northwest Poster Contest winner. The prize, sponsored by Cary Cartmill and Digital Canvas Northwest*, was awarded for her oil painting, NW Mosaic.

Emiliya is a multiple award-winning artist living, painting and teaching in Seattle, WA.

 

Emiliya Lane


“As a classically trained painter and art instructor, I paint all subjects with enthusiasm. But what brings me the greatest joy is painting two things:  capturing everchanging features of Nature and also an intricate landscape of the human face; where even the slightest change in mood or emotion can have transformational effects.”

About Emiliya

Russian born and trained, Emiliya has been constantly surrounded by the visual arts. After a 15-year career in commercial art as animator and Illustrator and earning a Master’s degree in fine art and Art History, she relocated to the United States and continued to improve her painting techniques with such masters as Scott Christensen, Jeremy Lipking, Pam Ingalls, Rob Liberace, Ned Mueller, Jim Lamb, John Bodicin, Ovanes Berberian, Kathryn Stats, Zhaoming Wu, Karen Offutt and Daniel Gerhartz.

 

There is still time to enter your paintings into the Beauty of the NW Show. Registration closes on September 9th. Click here to go to the Beauty of the Northwest entry page.

2018

Beauty of the NW

Juror

Mike Wise

Painting The Outdoors

Mike Wise is a painter best known for his rich landscapes, sculptural use of oils and the lush color and texture that give his paintings unique depth and a distinct three-dimensional feel.

He grew up an outdoor enthusiast, surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his life he has been inspired by the dramatic coastlines, deserts, mountain ranges, back roads and farmland of the American landscape. 

Mike has studied under several prominent painters, has learned from many of his contemporaries, and is an avid student of the old masters.

He lives on Whidbey Island where he works and teaches in an old barn on the family property that he lovingly converted to a modern art studio.

Mike enjoys painting and teaching workshops in studio and en plein air.  He is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the American Impressionist Society (AIS).

Mike Wise will be selecting prize winners for the Beauty of the Northwest Show and will attend the award ceremony at the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 13th from 1-4 p.m.

Taggart Creek by Mike Wise

“Mike is an undeniably brilliant impressionist. His dynamic brushwork, fresh and unfettered application of paint combined with an uncanny ability to create a sense of realism, make his paintings simply exquisite.” – Denise Cole, Cole Gallery, as quoted in “American Art Collector Magazine” June 2017

Registration information for the Beauty of the Northwest Show can be found here: 2018 Beauty of the Northwest

For more information about Mike Wise and his work, please visit his website at: mikewisestudio.com/

Balboa by Mike Wise

Artists’ Reception

For

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: https://morninnoonannight.com/

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. 

Sketch

 

Final Painting

 

Sketch

 

Final Painting

 

Sketch

 

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

Photographer

September 8 – 24

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

WADE JAMES THEATRE
950 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020