February 7 – August 15, 2020

The Jansen Art Center is pleased to welcome Barbara Sternberger to the Inn at Lynden for an exhibit of her work. The exhibit opens on Friday, February 7 and will be on display through August 15, 2020.

Barbara Sternberger has lived and worked in Bellingham since 1993. She has taught painting every summer at WWU for 23 years and for the past decade, holds private painting workshops.

Barbara’s gallery representation for the past 20 years has been with the prestigious Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland Oregon. She also shows with Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle.  Her exhibition “Confluence”, was reviewed October 2013 ARTnews magazine. Solo museum exhibitions include the Museum of Northwest Art and Whatcom Museum. Her work has been included in the U.S. Art in Embassies Program and featured in group exhibitions on both coasts.

Recent awards:

2018 Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle WA
2017 Annual Neddy Artist Awards Finalist, Seattle WA


Painting is a medium of thought, it is a medium of the mind. The inner realms of the mind have inspired my work for nearly forty years. Through the act of painting I experience forms of truth, those experiences are held and “recorded” with paint, waiting to be released to viewers.

As an abstract painter, I bring recognition to the intangible experiences of my mind. My recent work, seeks to bring form to experiences of vitality, spirit-resonance and breath-energy that occur by painting while being completely present. For my paintings to be fully realized, they must actually be experienced in person, not seen “virtually” on a screen.

My paintings are a becoming, a recognition, and a formation of experiencing moments in truth.

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Artwork can be purchased through our Gallery Shop and will be available for pickup when the exhibit closes. Please call 360-354-3600 for more information.

Please note, the Jansen Art Center does not ship artwork.

Affinities, 2014-2016
Oil on canvas
53" x 70"

Affinities, 2014-2016
Oil on canvas
53” x 70”



Upwards, 2016
Oil on canvas
31 3/4” x 40”


Manifest, 2018 oil on linen,  32 x 40"     $6200.

Manifest, 2018
Oil with graphite pencil on linen
32” x 40”



Appear, 2015
Oil on canvas
30” x 36 1/2”



Hearing, 2018
Oil on linen
30 1/8” x 31 15/16”


Remind, 2018
Oil on linen
24" x 24"

Remind, 2018
Oil on linen
24 3/8” x 24”



Lone, 2015
Oil on linen
20 1/8″ x 20 1/8”