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WHAT: The Scott Collection, Inc.
WHEN: 11am-4pm daily
WHERE: 608 S. First St. #B
INFO: http://www.scottcollection.com

WHAT: La Conner Seaside Gallery
WHEN: 11am-5pm Thurs.-Mon.
WHERE: 112 Morris St.
INFO: (360) 466-5141

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Nestled into Sharon Scott’s Collection shop on First Street in La Conner are the sensitive and beautiful works of Skagit Valley artist Beki Killorin.    

Killorin’s artistic skills include collage, watercolor, ink drawing and painting in oil and acrylic, which she learned in her home state of Oklahoma. Around the time she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1987, she foresaw the potential to market her work broadly by taking up printmaking, especially in the forms of etching and giclee. Her work is now sold in galleries from Provincetown to Ketchikan, Helena, San Juan Bautista, Sausalito, and beyond.

Her nature scenes include iconic herons, loons and the magical corvids: A Killorin collage at Scott’s gallery offers a testy and powerful raven overlooking several more in flight. Her watercolor of a heron stylishly overlaps the mat in which it is framed. And very striking is “Wisdom,” a print of a ghostly raven returning to visit the flock.

Just up First Street, the La Conner Seaside Gallery displays the work of partners Mark Conley, Mark Bistranin, and Patrick James Curtin.

Bistranin arrived in the Skagit Valley from Colorado in 1989. His confident brushstrokes and moderate impasto capture a luminous Skagit sunset in “L.K. Island with Setting Moon.” A lavender field glows against brooding cedars to create the sensitive and evocative “Tulip Evening.” “Silhouettes on Wheat” is a showpiece of gleaming light yellow, stroked with black shadows. 

Bistranin’s “Early Color on the Methow River” is stunning in yellows with a punch of crimson. The orange Rainbow Bridge holds its own against a diagonal of boats on the blue and indigo channel in his dazzling “In the Morning Light, La Conner.”  

Conley’s masterful photograph, “Half Dome,” captured in evening light, can compete with any painting for colorful impact. And his “NW Moss” is a memorable composition of autumn leaves and greenery. 

Curtin is well known in the Southwest, where his works are featured in Scottsdale and Taos galleries. Over several decades, he’s bridged realism and abstraction, frequently portraying human figures and faces as if struggling through swirls of smoke. But his works at Seaside Gallery are large and confident; sweeps of color sliced with lines and shapes, with no trace of uncertainty.

Two of his acrylics, “The Color Dance” and “Satsuma” are fraternal twins. In each, a row of lively vessels rests on a shelf, festooned with blossoms in gentle blue, mauve, rose and chrome yellow. 

His “Cabin Salmon” is in vibrant red against muted yellow and deep blue. “The Village Canoe” and “Herb Garden” each combine oil and acrylic. They are nearly monochrome in brown and red.  The former suggests loaves of bread on a shelf; the latter, dried herbs in vessels. 

A visit to the large, bright Seaside Gallery will cheer you up with a feast of color gloomy winter days.

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