Winners emerge in Beauty of the Northwest show

8th-annual exhibit at Gallery North continues through September
By Nicholas Johnson | Sep 13, 2017
Courtesy of: Gallery North “Moment of Happenstance” by Kathy Collins took first place in this year’s Beauty of the Northwest exhibit.

Though the judging of Gallery North’s 2017 Beauty of the Northwest exhibit is complete, the show goes on.

The gallery in downtown Edmonds is hosting the 8th-annual show through Sept. 29, featuring 60 works of art by 45 Northwest artists.

“It is exciting to see the vibrant portrayal of our beautiful Northwest environment through the eyes of so many different artists,” exhibit chair Lauriel Sandstrom said. “They each have a story to tell.”

This juried invitational exhibit celebrates the splendor of our region by inviting artists to present their creative interpretations of what makes the Northwest beautiful.

Awards were presented Saturday, Sept. 9, during an artist’s reception at the gallery. Kathy Collins took first place with her painting titled “Moment of Happenstance.” Marcel Schwarb of Edmonds took second place with his painting titled “Anacortes.” Sandy Burnett took third place with her painting titled “Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm.” Mary Anderson received an honorable mention for her painting titled “Skagit Valley Farm.”

The winners were selected by guest juror Charlene Collins Freeman, an award-winning artist and a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, as well as a member of Women Painters of Washington. Charlene teaches drawing, painting, and sketching classes locally. She also leads art workshops around the world through World Tours Studio.

With so many talented artists applying to the show, Karen Bakke was thrilled to be selected as the 2017 poster artist. The painting featured on the poster, titled “Ladder Creek”, is a beautiful interpretation of one of the many forest streams that abound throughout the Northwest. Bakke is the current president of Plein Air Washington and coordinates painting outings throughout the Northwest.

"Ladder Creek Falls is on the North Cascades highway in Newhalem, not far from my home in Sedro-Woolley,” she said. “It's a beautiful, shady area with gorgeous dappled light streaming through the trees. This was painted en Plein Air, with the breeze and sounds from the rushing water in the serene, yet lively setting. I absolutely love painting in nature and feel so fortunate to live and paint in such a beautiful state.”

The public is invited to another artists reception to be held during Art Walk Edmonds, from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 21.

Gallery North is also participating in the Edmonds Art Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit is open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, throughout the month of September.

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