Painters with Purpose

Watercolors and beyond at Scott Milo Gallery


What: Works by Eric Wiegardt, Lin McJunkin, Leo Osborne, Lorna Libert, Dederick Ward, Kathleen Seacrest, Janice Wall, and Paul Thorne

Where: Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes


WHEN: 11am-4pm Wed.-Sat., through Dec. 1


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Eric Wiegardt is a dedicated watercolor artist and teacher who has shown his work across the nation and as far away as China. Active in the American Watercolor Society, this Ocean Park-based artist relishes the freedom of watercolors. Among his featured pieces showing in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery through early December, “#4250 Floral” (pictured) is a stunning work with splashes of blue, rose and red, suggesting a display of cut flowers.

A small pastel masterpiece by Janice Wall, “Tulipscape,” is a fresh take on tulip field images. Wall lets the medium speak for her. Bold, wide strokes of pastel allow the underlying paper to contribute its own heft to the composition. Wall is fascinated by San Juan islands ferries, and it shows. She beautifully evokes the glint of sunshine on the aft of the vessel in “Twilight Run” and the swirl of prop wash in “Sunset Run.”

Kathleen Secrest, using soft pastels, evolves from representational in “Backlit Clouds” and “Tide is Out” to the deeply mystical “Dark Tide” and a very proper abstraction, “Enough is Enough.” The latter is divided almost down the middle into two panels. One is white, the other a swirl of buff orange, smoky yellow and dark blue, bound together by expressive, but fragmentary, circular lines.

If any local artist deserves the mantle of successor to the “Group of Seven”—turn of the 19th century Canadian landscape painters—it’s oil painter Lorna Libert. Her virtuosity shows in “Mesmerizing,” an aptly titled seascape which wonderfully captures the shimmer of light on water. Her “Wandering Around Fossil Bay” is an entrancing portrait of a forest path near salt water where the delicate madrone beckons. Even her miniatures, such as “South Bay, Jones Island,” whisper of the magic to be found within rocks and trees. (To view more of Libert’s works, check out her one-woman show currently on display at Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery in downtown Bellingham.)

Leo Osborne has written a new book for children, The Cat and the Coracle. Each of the silk encaustic illustrations is a full-blown work of art. There’s “Winder Wren Spirit Bird,” with its full-throated, mystical notes. “White Shaman Raven” answers in its own, splendid whiteness. Viewers will also be introduced to salmon, heron, a seductive viper, magic mushrooms, otters and seals, an ocean-going cat and even an owl playing the violin. What an imagination—and what mastery Osborne has of his many mediums, which include wood carving and bronze sculpture as well as painting and writing. The original illustrations and signed copies of the book are available to purchase at the gallery.

Osborne has been prominent long enough to have featured in the legendary Fir Island “Barn Shows,” presently the subject of a major exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, where several important pieces of his are on display.

Dederick Ward was in the Barn Shows, too. His sweeping oil canvases can be seen in the museum as well as at Scott Milo. The earlier works typically arose from a consideration of Western landforms, recalling his original study of, and love for, geology. A strong abstractionist tendency has led him into color field painting now. Enjoy his magnificent “Autumnal” and “Morning Haze” in the show window as well as several canvases inside the shop.


[Nov. 18-30]

FILL A BOWL: Paint a bowl and support the community at a “Fill a Bowl” fundraiser taking place through Nov. 30 in Mount Vernon at Tri Dee Arts, 215 S. First St. Fees are $16 to paint the bowl; half of the sales will be donated to the Skagit County Friendship House Cafe—which serves an average at 5,500 meals per month (more than 66,000 per year).
For more info: (360) 336-6131

[Nov. 20-Dec. 24]

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Choose from an online market or shopping in person at Allied Arts’ annual Holiday Festival of the Arts taking through Christmas Eve. The “wired market"will be open from Nov. 20-Dec. 24 with curbside pickup available, and the “lite” mini-market can be attended from 10am-6pm Tues.-Sat., Dec. 4-24, in downtown Bellingham at Allied Arts’ headquarters at 1418 Cornwall Ave.
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A GUILDED GALLERY: Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild’s “Celebrate Art Juried Show” will be on display from 11am-5pm Wed.-Sat. through Jan. 9 in Stanwood at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW. The second in a series of ongoing juried shows features new works by more than 30 regional artists in a variety of mediums. All works are for sale. Viewing appointments are encouraged.
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ALLIED ARTS: A “Lummi Island Artists Show” will be on display from through Nov. 28 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features works by island artists Ria Harboe, Lynn Dee, and Kimberly Obbink. Gallery and thrift store hours are 11am-4pm Tues.-Fri. for the foreseeable future. Safety guidelines are in place.
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ARTWOOD: Hours are currently 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Fridays, and 11am-6pm Saturdays at Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Ave. Please wear a mask when entering the gallery; gloves will be available for guests who need to handle the merchandise.
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BOUNDARY BAY: Evan Whitehead’s nature-focused paintings are currently on display and for sale at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Drop by for a peek or to take one of the works home for the holidays.
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FOURTH CORNER FRAMES: Painter Lorna Libert’s “Close to Home” can be viewed through December at Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery, 311 W. Holly St. The exhibit features works such as “Windy Day on Bellingham Bay,” “The Path at Lake Padden,” and “Bad Hair Day.”
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GALLERY SYRE: Peruse “David Syre: Envisioning a Better Future” from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Thursdays (and by appointment) through Dec. 18 at Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. The works Syre created during quarantine have a unique language and message for a better future. Mostly abstract and painted with powerful colors, these recent canvases inspire people to take a leap into the unknown, to think about new forms of living together—and a new world in which humans can coexist with nature again.
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GOOD EARTH: “Celebrate Handmade” will be featured from 11am-5pm Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays) and 12pm-4pm Sundays through December at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. The exhibit features the work of resident artists.
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I.E. GALLERY: “Less: Presence in Absence” can be seen from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays through Nov. 29 in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The group exhibit emphasizing the significance of absence as a shaper of knowing features works by Marc Wenet, Barbara Sternberger, J.W. Mahoney, Margy Lavelle, Galie Jean-Louis, Joe Goldberg, Ed Bereal, and Sharron Antholt.
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JANSEN ART CENTER: Mike Bathum’s “Emerging Nature 2,” “Through the Eyes of the Beholder” by Malissa Perry and Christen Mattix, a Whatcom Artist Studio Tour showcase, a Juried Exhibit, and the annual “Cup Show” can be viewed in person through Nov. 28 at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St.
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MONA: “The Barn Show,” an exhibit commemorating the annual art shows held at the Reims’ farm on Fir Island starting in 1987, can be seen from 12pm-4pm Thursdays through Sundays through Jan. 10 in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Following CDC and state guidelines, only 20 people at a time will be admitted into the galleries.
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PERRY AND CARLSON: Jean Behnke’s “Falling Into Alignment” can be viewed from 11am-5pm Thurs.-Sun. through November in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery, 504 S. First St.
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QUILT & FIBER MUSEUM: “Black History Quilts,” “Journeys,” featuring the works of Fiber Artists of Oregon and SW Washington, and “Comfort in the Familiar” exhibits are currently on display from 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Sundays at La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Reservations are required for entry.
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SMITH & VALLEE: View forest-focused paintings by Patty Haller through Nov. 29 in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave.
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WHATCOM ART MARKET: Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Due to public safety concerns, masks are required for all customers, and hand sanitizer will be provided.
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WHATCOM MUSEUM: In response to Gov. Inslee’s new COVID-19 guidelines, Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building and Old City Hall will be closed to the public through Dec. 15 (or until further notice). The Museum store will remain open at 25 percent capacity. Virtual programs and exhibits will continue, but all other events are cancelled. To get a look at “Anatomy of a Collection: Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts”
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