WiseDesignz throws anniversary party

WiseDesignz, a fine arts gallery and frame shop at 2908 Wetmore Ave., in Everett, is having a first anniversary party and everyone’s invited. The free evening of appreciation is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2913 W. Marine View Drive, Everett. The night includes a selection of fine art, entertainment by the local group Theresa Carnovale &City Life, a silent auction, refreshments and door prizes.

Been there before: Watercolor artist Eugene Erickson will help us remember those scenic spots we’ve been to before in Washington and Oregon in his exhibit called “Northwest Landscapes.”

Erickson’s works will be shown through Oct. 16 at Autumn’s Framing &Gallery, 537 Main St., Edmonds.

Erickson worked as an illustrator for Boeing and his detailed renditions of marine views and mountaintops belie that former career. His meticulous work conveys a nostalgic 1950s poster quality.

Artists go to the library: Artists Fumiko Winder and Cecelia Venolia will show their work, selections of acrylics, watercolors and a few pieces done in classic Japanese style, in Snohomish through the month of October.

The women are both members of the Greater Marysville Arts Guild. Their work can be seen through Oct. 31 at the Snohomish Library, 311 Main St., Snohomish.

Winder, originally from Yokohama, Japan, said she is constantly “discovering more secrets and techniques of the masters,” though she has been studying art since she was 9, from Japanese artists such as Iku Sawada, Yuki Ogura and Kohei Morita. She became interested in the Japanese Dessan art form at Soshin Girls School. At Nihon University, she studied to become a teacher. After graduation, she worked for a medical professor at Nihon University Medical School for six years. She won a scholarship to California’s San Mateo College.

After graduation, she returned to Japan in 1973. In the same year, she was sent to London, Paris and Rome as a friendship ambassador and visited art museums. She met her husband in Yokohama and moved to the United States in 1976, where she continued painting Japanese style landscapes with a western perspective. Winder also paints watercolors, acrylics and has private collections throughout the United States and Japan.

Venolia, who started out in the interior design field, has seen her art style evolve from oils, to watercolor and color pencil drawings, to the rich acrylic stills she does today. Inspired by the work of Van Gogh, Venolia tends to paint in the impressionistic style with lots of depth and texture. Venolia’s work has been on display in a variety of art shows and galleries throughout Snohomish County.

The lessons of art: Everett Community College’s Northlight Gallery is exhibiting the work of sculptor and photographer Gary Andolina, an Everett Community College sculpture instructor who creates artwork with cast glass, steel-wrapped wood, photography and other materials.

Andolina will speak and answer questions about his artwork at 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Northlight Gallery, 2000 Tower St., Everett. His show will run through Oct. 26.

Andolina is the founder of Studioandolina in Seattle, which creates handcrafted tables made of bamboo plywood and stainless steel.

Andolina has worked in many areas of sculpture. He has cast glass at Seattle’s Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Arts Center and spent a summer at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

A harvest of art: There’s a feast of art at Raven Rocks Studio in Langley, where the owners are holding a celebration of the lush colors of fall through the month of October in an exhibition called “A Sumptuous Harvest of Joint Creations.”

An opening reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Raven Rocks Studio, 220 First St., Langley. The show runs through Nov. 2.

This exhibit is being billed as an extravaganza of mixed media creations with featured woven pieces from the loom of Windwalker Taibi, with mixed media palettes by Mary Jo Oxrieder. The show includes sea serpent heads and fairy spirits, woven wall hangings and a medicine snake stick, inspiring word plaques and fantasy pin-catchers, thunderbirds and necklaces, painted glass and dream catchers, small painted tables and raven paintings, as well as the studio’s signature Faery Houses. Also available are a rare “Raven Dance Mask” by Tony Hunt Jr. and the “Two-Finned Killer Whale” serigraph by Robert Davidson, both Northwest First Nations artists.

Classic art: Members of the Washington Chinese Artists Association are mounting their biannual exhibition in Seattle, showing their classical style of art done in ink and color on paper. An opening reception is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Art/Not Terminal, 2045 Westlake Ave., Seattle. The exhibits run through Nov. 1.

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