Games, Puzzles, and Books

An exhibit from the Whatcom Art Guild
June 1 through September 1, 2017
Opening Reception: June 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Jansen Art Center welcomes back the Whatcom Art Guild (WAG) as part of the summer exhibits for the third year. Juried into the exhibit are 85 pieces of art from 27 members of the WAG. Many of the included artists sell their artwork at the Whatcom Art Market in Fairhaven, WA. 

This year, the WAG selected “Games, Puzzles, and Books” as their theme for the call to artists, and further tested participants to create their art in a squared format.  its members with a theme and a challenge to create new work for this show. The exhibit includes a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, colored pencil, photography, woodworking, jewelry, quilting, glass work and mixed media. This is a joyful and intriguing exhibit that you will want to share with the whole family. It includes modern and nostalgic subject matter that will certainly be conversation starters across generations.

Artists included in the exhibit are: Peggy Alexander (jewelry), Karen Angell (mixed media), Susan Averre (graphite), Judy Bishop (photo collage), Richard Bulman (mixed media), Linda Calkins (oil and acrylic), Beverly Davis (acrylic and colored pencil), Todd Davis (acrylic), Lorraine Day (photography), Georgia Donovan (3D mixed media), Mila Faulkner (acrylic), Christine Flacco (colored pencil), Vicki Grabicki (collage), Faye Hayes (acrylic), Lori Hill (oil), Phyllis Howard (acrylic), June Kiefer (watercolor), Thao Le (oil), Rebecca MacMillan-Watne (quilted tapestry), Cristal McQueen (photography), Joyce Norfolk (colored pencil and graphite), Pauline Petterssen (acrylic and oil), Pam Pontious (photography), Kay Dee Powell (acrylic), Caroline Schauer (oil), Elvy Schmoker (3D glass) and James Weaver (photography).

The exhibit opens on Thursday, June 1 and will be on display in the 2nd floor Chamber Gallery and Library Gallery at the Jansen Art Center through Friday, September 1. The Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, June 1 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. There will be live music from J.P. Falcon Grady in the first floor Piano Lounge and refreshments are available for purchase from the Firehall Cafe. Visitors are invited to cast their vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award during the Opening Reception. The winner will be announced that evening.

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WAG is the oldest continually running arts organization in Whatcom County. It is a non-profit organization founded to foster and promote opportunities and education in the visual arts. WAG supports more than 120 members from Whatcom and Skagit Counties through monthly programs and exhibit opportunities; sponsors the Whatcom Art Market, and artist’s cooperative in Fairfaven; donates to St. Joe’s for kids’ art supplies; and provides yearly scholarships to Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College.

Visit the Whatcom Art Guild online.