‘Unclad’ presents artistic side of the human figure

Now in its seventh year, “Unclad: The Fine Art of the Figure” — will be presented this weekend and next at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

Figurative art has its own following, and the quality of this event draws visitors from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The participating artists are from all over the United States and Canada. A range of styles and mediums is represented: oils, pastels, watercolors, drawings and photography, and sculpture in bronze, wood and glass.

“People admire the human form,” “Unclad” founder Gayle Picken said, “and as our artistic boundaries expand, the art of the nude has become even more important to both local and regional collectors.”

Picken juries the show along with selected artists representing various mediums in the visual arts. “We receive several hundred applicants,” she said. “It’s becoming more difficult each year to contain the show to the physical space we have available.”

This year, Picken has added other points of interest to the show. Artist booths and demonstrations will be available at the Masonic Center just across the street from the Norgaard center. Quick Draw sessions, at which visitors can watch artists draw from a live model, are planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and March 15. Those drawings will be available for purchase.

“Unclad” also will offer a wine tasting to benefit Relay for Life from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Organizer (and cancer survivor) Patti Pontikis has teamed with Picken to bring together selected Northwest wine vendors, with support from the local QFC, in a blending of wine, art and an opportunity to help cancer research. Last year’s event raised $4,000. Tickets for this event are $15 per person; call 360-629-4297 to reserve.

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center is located at 27130 102nd Ave. NW in Stanwood. See www.uncladart.com for a map and driving directions and a preview of the art.

Edmonds Art: The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum in the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds, presents paintings by Edmonds artist Jackie VanNoy through March 28.

“If I could capture that voice, that word, that song on canvas, what would it take to give it visual expression? What would that sound look like?” VanNoy said of her art. “I pose the question to myself often.”

Her award-winning work has been part of the Edmonds Arts Festival juried gallery exhibits for several years, as well as part of the Women Painters of Washington exhibits, CoArts Annual Juried Exhibit, Northwest Watercolor Society open exhibitions and Arts of the Terrace. She also exhibits her work regularly in galleries throughout the region.

A reception is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 20; 425-771-1984.

Meanwhile, pastels by Kathleen Moore are on exhibit at Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., through March 30. Besides creating her own art, Moore currently teaches art at the Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center.

Anacortes: The Anacortes Gallery Walk is from 6 to 9 tonight.

Participating galleries and their shows include: Anne Martin McCool Gallery, 711 Commercial Ave. new paintings by McCool in the show “Back From the East”; Insights Gallery, 516 Commercial Ave., “Anniversary Show”; Digital Art Moments, 512 Commercial Ave., “Life is Black and White, Monotone and Duotone” by Terry Brady; Adrift, 510 Commercial Ave., work from local artists; Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., “Vineyards and Villas” by artists including Donna Trent, Steve Hill, Jennifer Bowman, Don de Llamas, Diane Ainsworth and Janice Wall; Gallery at the Depot, 611 R Ave., annual Anacortes School District Youth Art Show with student art from grades kindergarten through 12; Bowman Gallery, 801 Fifth St., photographs by Marius Hibbard and David Hibbard.

WiseDesignz: Greg Stair, an art teacher at Everett High School, is the featured artist of the month for March at WiseDesignz, 2908 Wetmore Ave., Everett, 425-259-2361.

An artists reception is set for 4 to 7 p.m. March 15 during Everett’s third Saturday Art Walk.

MLT exhibit: “Paper on the Edge,” an exhibit of work by Melanie Jorissen, is on view through March 31 at Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. Jorissen’s exhibit showcases her paper art creations. The three-dimensional creations with rich textures and lifelike detail depict a variety of subjects including birds in flight, animal portraits, winged horses and unicorns. Paper quilling, the core of her process, is an ancient decorative art form used by 13th century European monks who quilled remnants of Bibles into elaborate religious images.

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