Bird-themed art show opens snow goose fest

“For the Birds” an exhibition of sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography and more on the theme of birds, opens today to inaugurate the third annual Port Susan Snow Goose Festival.

The opening is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stanwood House Gallery, 9915 270th St. NW, Stanwood.

During the weekend of the festival, the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit runs through March. Gallery hours are not fixed, so call 360-629-4933 or see

The gallery also will host an exhibition on global warming by nationally recognized photographer and Stanwood resident Mark Abrahamson. His work, focusing on environmental issues, uses aerial photography to create beautiful and thought-provoking images.

During the festival, Abrahamson will deliver a slideshow presentation at the Floyd Norgaard Center.

Cameo glass: Internationally known cameo glass artist Kelsey Murphy will make a rare appearance this weekend at Collectors’ Showcase in downtown Snohomish.

Cameo glass, the art of layering and carving through different colors of glass, was first developed by the Romans in the first century AD. It was lost to the Western world until the end of the 18th century, when the famous “Portland Vase” was excavated during an archaeological dig.

American glassmakers have tried, with limited success, to produce this glass since the 1800s.

After many years, Murphy has perfected this art form. She worked for years as director of design at Pilgrim Glass in West Virginia, and now works with Fenton Art Glass, which just celebrated its 100th year of American glass blowing.

Murphy will be appearing today, Saturday and Sunday at Collectors’ Showcase, 829 Second St., Snohomish; 360-568-1339,

In Edmonds: Still life oil paintings by Irina Kirienko Milton are on display through March 18 at Autumn’s Framing &Gallery, 537 Main St., Edmonds, 425-778-5150,,

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