Art walk abstraction



WHAT: Jeffrey Thostenson (1955-2012)
WHEN: Family talk from 5pm-8pm Thurs., Sept. 5; see the works through September
WHERE: Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St.

WHAT: Works by Marilee Holm and Kathleen Secrest
WHEN: Sept. 6-Oct. 1
WHERE: Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The abstract acrylics on paper and wood painter Jeffrey Thostenston left behind after his untimely death in 2012 may provide clues into the mind of the man, but those who want to know more about the enigmatic artist’s life and work can glean additional insights when members of his family share their memories from 5pm-8pm Thurs., Sept. 5 during the final First Thursday Art Walk of the year in downtown Mount Vernon.

An accompanying installation of known and previously undiscovered pieces will be on display and for sale at the Mount Vernon City Library through September, providing context into the work of the La Conner painter whose paintings are said to reflect his unique worldview.

“That world was spontaneous, often brightly colored, and sometimes deeply contemplative,” exhibit organizers say. “He was a self-taught painter who was an avid student of art history and who worked to find his place in it. His outlook was both aesthetically sophisticated and determinedly ‘blue collar.’ His painted and written communications were baffling but unfailingly exciting. The work challenges, stimulates and elicits deep thought.”

Thostenston was a voracious reader and longtime Mount Vernon City Library patron, so it’s fitting that a portion of the proceeds made from the sales of his paintings will be donated to the Mount Vernon Library Foundation’s ongoing efforts to build a new library in the Skagit County city.

More examples of masterful abstraction can be experienced Fri., Sept. 6 during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Anacortes when Orcas Island-based artist Marilee Holm’s new, boldly colored encaustic paintings will be highlighted that night (and through September) at the Scott Milo Gallery. In works such as “Sea and Sky at Green Dune Park,” she merges colors and textures in ways that evoke geological layers.

“Although I’ve done lots of oil and acrylic paintings over the years, I find encaustic paint to be best for exploring color, which is my primary interest,” Holm says. “Encaustic paint compels me to experiment and inspires me to do all kinds of things with
color, design and subject that wouldn’t occur to me otherwise.”

Also on display at Scott Milo will be soft pastels by Christine Troyer, oils by Karen Bakke, a new collection of “The Quiet Series” by Dederick Ward, and pastels by Kathleen Secrest, who says the observations she makes while painting in nature, and the treasures she collects during her explorations, are the jumping-off point for her abstract art.

Another visionary in the abstract art world who counts Mama Nature as among her muses is Sarah Kreuter, a woodcut print artist who creates hand-pulled, limited-edition prints using both the Moku Hanga and Western printing traditions. During the Art Walk taking place from 6pm-10pm Fri., Sept. 6 in downtown Bellingham, she’ll be on hand at Casa Que Pasa to explain her process.

“The term printmaker evokes a particular illustrative aesthetic; that is not my work,” she says. “My work carries an aesthetic all its own. Each piece draws viewers in and encourages unique interpretations based on their life experience. I work with abstraction, but draw from familiarity using nature as an anchor point.”

More Visual...
Fall Colors
Seasonal sights at River Gallery

Each spring and fall, River Gallery shows work by dozens of Northwest artists. Even several hundred paintings and three-dimensional pieces do not make this repurposed greenhouse look crowded.

Charlotte Slade Decker, a longtime regular, makes a bold impression with vivid abstract paintings.…

more »
Silver Sights
Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

“How do you know when a painting is finished?” I asked Randy Clark—also known as “Fishboy”—soon after entering his Virginia Street studio in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood during opening day of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour (WAST).

“They tell me,” he answered with a grin, pointing…

more »
Project 562
A closer look at Native America

Even before photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment in order to launch a Kickstarter campaign named “Project 562”—a seven-year pursuit that would lead her to visit, engage and photograph hundreds of Native American Nations across the United States—she’d already…

more »
Fall Lynden Craft and Antique Show

10:00am|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

My Fair Lady

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre


7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center


7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Whatcomics Call for Art

10:00am|Whatcom County

Wishes and Dreams Call for Art

10:00am|Gallery Syre

Gore and Lore Tours

6:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Anacortes Vintage Market's Evergreens and Icicles

6:00pm|Port Transit Event Center

Scream Fair's Camp Fear

7:00pm|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Matilda the Musical

7:30pm| Lincoln Theatre


7:30pm|Upfront Theatre


8:00pm|Old Main Theater

Community Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Blaine Senior Center

Ferndale Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Orca Recovery Day Work Party

9:00am|Nooksack River

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am|Depot Arts Center

Yoga and Detox

9:00am|Community Food Co-op

Blanchard Beast Trail Race

9:00am|Blanchard Forest Lower Trailhead

Twin Sisters Farmers Markets

9:00am|North Fork Library

98221 Studio Tour

10:00am|Fidalgo Island

Bellingham Comicon

10:00am|Ferndale Event Center

Steam Expo

10:00am|Lynden Middle School

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am|H Street Plaza

Your Life is a Story Writer's Group

10:30am|South Whatcom Library

Correspondence Club

10:30am|Mindport Exhibits

Fall Festival

11:00am|Camp Korey

Kraut-chi Ferment Class

11:00am|Chuckanut Center

Winter Warmth Drive and Pickup

11:00am|Assumption Church Gym

Art Therapy Workshop

1:30pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Telling Tough Stories

2:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fables and Tales Upcycle Runway Challenge

6:00pm|Settlemeyer Hall

Concrete Ghost Walk

6:00pm|Concrete Theatre

Brew on the Slough

6:00pm|Maple Hall

Bellingham Hoptoberfest

6:00pm|Civic Way Sportsplex

How I Learned I'm Old

7:00pm|Village Books

Take Me to the River Live

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Skagit Symphony presents Highland Heritage

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

My Fair Lady

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre


7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Whatcomics Call for Art

10:00am|Whatcom County

Wishes and Dreams Call for Art

10:00am|Gallery Syre

Matilda the Musical

7:30pm| Lincoln Theatre

98221 Studio Tour

10:00am|Fidalgo Island

Sedro-Woolley Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Trails to Taps Relay

9:00am|Depot Market Square

Birchwood Farmers Market

10:00am|Park Manor Shopping Center

Bellingham Handmade Market

11:00am|Goods Nursery and Produce

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Wild Mushroom Show

12:00pm|Bloedel Donovan Community Building

Harvest Festival

1:00pm|Centennial Riverwalk

Skagit Topic

2:00pm|Skagit County Historical Museum

What If We All Bloomed?

4:00pm|Village Books

Murder Mystery Dessert Theater

6:00pm|Christ Fellowship Church

Wishes and Dreams Call for Art

10:00am|Gallery Syre

Whatcomics Call for Art

10:00am|Whatcom County

Whatcom Housing Week

10:00am|Whatcom County

Northwest Paella

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op


7:00pm|Alternative Library


9:00pm|Firefly Lounge

see our complete calendar »