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)