Art by the Bay features eclectic music and art

  • By Theresa Goffredo, Herald Writer
  • Thursday, July 9, 2009 10:01pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

In its 17th year, Art by the Bay, the Stanwood-Camano Festival of Art and Music, still maintains that synergy of sophisticated art and small town hospitality.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Utsalady Elementary School, 608 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Admission and parking are free. For more information go to

The festival features more than 100 various artists who have created fine artwork in all sorts of mediums. Among those featured is this year’s winner of the 2009 Art by the Bay poster contest, Molly LeMaster, a Camano Island resident.

LeMaster primarily paints with watercolors. LeMaster’s travels to Europe, Asia and Mexico have influenced her art. Her work hangs in private collections in the United States, Egypt, England, Thailand, Canada and Germany, as well as in corporate art collections in Seattle.

LeMaster’s poster winning entry called “Dungeness Crab” captured the festival’s whimsical atmosphere.

Besides artwork, visitors can also peruse plants and garden art and feast on some gourmet food.

The eclectic selections of art compete with the equally eclectic array of performing artists.

On Saturday, John Amber-Oliver &Friends play at noon, Ronnda Cadle performs at 1:15 p.m. and Selena Tibert &Friends play at 2:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Chaim &the Essentials play at noon, Smitton plays at 1:15 p.m. and One Ton of Ducks play at 2:30 p.m.

Third annual Artists’ Yard Sale: While you’re on the island, shop for beautiful works of art at bargain prices.

This free event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at Seagrass Gallery, 370 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island.

Held rain or shine, this event draws patrons looking for deals on original art as well as artists looking for supplies. “The artists’ yard sale is a wonderful place to find a fantastic deal on pre-owned fine art,” Seagrass Gallery director Doris Platis said,

The wheels on the bus: As with most themes in the art world, there can be a wide interpretation. In this art exhibit, you’ll see a whimsical hare driving a high-heeled shoe, nutrients being transported, as well as serious spiritual expressions.

“Transportation” is the theme for the Sculptor’s Workshop 2009 gallery exhibit at the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum gallery, 700 Main St., Edmonds. An artist’s reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. The exhibit runs through July 29.

“Taking in the View — Plein Aire Show”: “Plein aire” is a French expression that means “in the open air,” where painters work on location to capture the fleeting light in nature.

Typically the initial painting is completed on location in two to three hours before the light changes. The artist may return to the spot at the same time of day to complete the work because painting in this manner, rather than from photographs, gives the artwork a truthful quality.

When viewing a plein aire painting, you can almost imagine yourself in the scene.

The plein aire show kicks off with an artists reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arts of Snohomish Gallery, 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish. The show runs through July 31.

Yippee Yi Yay: Round up your family and head on out to the sixth annual Spirit of the Northwest Art Show.

The free show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 N. Alexander St., Coupeville.

This year’s show features a commemorative celebration of the work of the late Don Enright, a wildlife artist. The show includes a special selection of remaining paintings from his estate.

Another featured artist is Randy Emmons, a watercolorist who creates scenes of Whidbey Island landscape and lifestyle.

Also on exhibit are the works of mixed-media painter Patty Picco and of Gerry Roberts, an internationally collected artist who will be showing many of his new left-handed paintings.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424,

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