Expressive animals tell stories in illustrator’s art

As an illustrator, Janie Olsen can tell stories with her art and those stories are generally told through animals, who bear strikingly human expressions.

Olsen’s work will be on display through May 30 at Solovei Art Gallery, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett. A reception for the artist will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.

Olsen’s storybook-type characters are exotic butterflies, birds and mammals who can live in peace under a smiling sun and moon. Her world also includes flying fish, or flying squirrels, wise-looking owls and goats and an occasional cat, dog or monkey.

Olsen describes her acrylics as “whimsical, mystical at times, or just simply there. I am a continual daydreamer, passionately attracted to fairy tales, nature, romance, the notion of opposites: good, evil, chaos, ugly, beautiful, on and on.”

During the exhibit, Olsen will sell her new paperback, made out of a series of paintings, called “See, Hear, Sing the Night.”

Experimental art: Artist Dianna Shyne likes to delve into many experimental and traditional forms of painting using bold acrylic and the influence of her Russian impressionistic style of training.

Shyne is among the featured artists through May 31 at Insights Gallery, 516 Commercial Ave., Anacortes.

Other artists include Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso, who is a new encaustic artist, Anne Schreivogl, known for her whimsical paintings, and Gordon Edberg, also new to the gallery, whose oils catch glimpses of light, color and movement in unexpected ways.

Anacortes’ First Friday Gallery Walk is 6 to 9 tonight.

Tulalip art: Arts Council of Snohomish County features artwork of the Tulalip Tribes as its annual Education Exhibit this month.

More than 3,500 students will visit the exhibit, where they will observe and interact with local artists who will demonstrate weaving, carving and storytelling. Finally, they will create their own artwork.

Darius Kinsey photographs: Through his 50-year career in photography, Darius Kinsey (1869-1945) created images that captured the character of the early Northwest. More than a simple documentary record, the Kinsey aesthetic communicates the interaction between men, machinery and mammoth trees.

An exhibit of his photographs, “Logging Days: Recent Donations of Darius Kinsey Photographs,” will be on display today through Aug. 16 at Whatcom Museum of History &Art, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham.

Kinsey used large format cameras that preserved detail down to the grain of tree bark, the sheen off a locomotive and the grime on a logger’s shirt.

Darius and Tabitha Kinsey were a remarkable photographic team. While he took photographs in the field, his wife developed and made prints in the darkroom. Their partnership began in Whatcom County when Kinsey, an itinerant photographer, first saw Tabitha Pritts at her family’s Nooksack homestead. After their marriage, the Kinseys set up a studio in Sedro-Woolley. Later, they moved to Seattle.

At the time of his death in 1945, some 4,500 of Kinsey’s original negatives remained — a collection that, since 1979, has had a permanent home at the Whatcom Museum.

Whatcom Museum is located at 121 Prospect St. in downtown Bellingham. Its regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. For additional information, call 360-676-6981 or visit

“All Mixed Up”: A mixed media show presenting the works of local Puget Sound area artists is showing through May 31 at exPRESSive Arts Studio &Gallery, 3710 W. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. An opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. May 9.

Environmental art: Works by Maria Coryell-Martin, Eliot O’Hara and Caryl Utigard will explore themes of climate change, landscape and nature in Greenland, Norway and Iceland. The works will be on display through June 1 at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., Seattle.

Coryell-Martin travels the globe, documenting climate change through her art. This exhibition will feature watercolors and oil paintings of Greenland. O’Hara will display watercolors of Norway from the 1940s and 1950s and Utigard, a Seattle wildlife photographer, will present images of Iceland’s wildlife.

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