“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.


Joan Bowers – Photography With A Pinhole Camera

I found this scene to be a calm and inviting image on a bright sunny day. I like the combination of trees and water in the composition.

This was my second time out with my new Zero Image (6×9 Multi Format) camera, pinhole version. The format was set a 6×7,using Delta 100, exposure 3″. Film was processed by commercial lab, darkroom printed, minimal post-processing using Photoshop Elements 9.” — Joan Bowers

The photographs of Joan Bowers are contemporary examples of Pictorialism, an approach which emphasizes the beauty of the subject matter, rich and subtle tonality, soft focus, strong composition, and attention to process. The Pictorialism movement began in the late 19th century in opposition to Industrial Age demands for sharply-focused and impersonal pictures. It demonstrated that a photograph could be much more than just a scientific record of reality. Pictorialism established photography as a respected form of art and raised the role of the photographer from technician to craftsman. Through the use of silver gelatin prints, Bowers demonstrates many of the historical processes that emerged in the early nineteenth century and how they continue to evolve with new technology.

You can view Joan’s work at Gallery North which is open daily.

What is a pinhole camera?

Gallery North member Joan Bowers has used a variety of cameras to capture poignant images for professional display. Currently, she is working with a pinhole camera.

A pinhole camera is not a new invention. It has been around for centuries and its mechanical structure is simply a light proof box with a pinhole on one side and film or photo paper on the opposite side to capture the image that light brings through the tiny aperture.

This type of camera does not have a lens and the image is actually inverted when it reaches the back of the camera. It is, in fact, called a camera obscura and not unlike the devices used by artists and scientists in the 17th century.


Volunteer Park


Sound View


Gasworks Park


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.