Artists create cowboy art with different mediums

Though they use different mediums – one is a painter, the other works in blown glass – Michelle Salazar and Dianne Rasmussen have at least one thing in common: they like cowboys.

That’s the theme they both convey through their art: cowboys and cowboy attributes.

Rasmussen impresses with glass cowboy hats, and Salazar uses the cowboy’s, and the cowgirl’s, image as a symbolic figure – intimate and sensitive, said Lyussy Hyder, owner of Solovei Art Gallery.

The women are exhibiting their work this month at the Solovei, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett. An artists’ reception is planned from 4 to 9 tonight. For more information, call 425-510-2448 or visit

To view more of their work, visit and

“UrBan ReNewal”: This is how artist Gary Georger refers to his latest exhibit at Gallery North in Edmonds.

Georger will exhibit large ceramic vessels filled with living grasses and plants. His torn-rimmed platters are painted with urban landscapes.

An artists’ reception is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Gallery North, 508 Main St., Edmonds. For more information, call 425-774-0946 or visit

“My clay experience started when I was a little kid. My folks took me to a parade on a rainy day. I don’t remember the occasion, but I remember sitting in the mud and having a great time. So I try to get a little muddy everyday,” Georger said in a written statement.

All Aboard: Arts of Snohomish County Gallery is holding its “All Aboard Art Show” this month.

The show will present selected works that represent expressions of art from a diverse group of adults with disabilities.

An artists’ reception is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish. For more information, call 360-568-8648 or visit

All Aboard is a nonprofit organization that provides art opportunities for adults with disabilities. All Aboard meets at Martha Lake Community Club in Lynnwood. Classes are open to all people of all ages and all disabilities. Visit for more details or call Gene Rogoway at 425-327-5533.

Scrims, reflectors and gobos, oh my!: At Gallery in the Loft, photographer Indy Behrendt will talk about the subject of light during a lecture, “Improving the Use of Natural Light in Your Photography.”

The free lecture will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery in Brindles Marketplace, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island. For more information, call 360-631-0688 or visit

Behrendt will guide visitors in learning how to see and use natural light as it illuminates subjects and how to recognize situations and times of day that enhance photographic compositions. She’ll also discuss controlling the light using tools such as scrims, reflectors and gobos, according to written information about the lecture.

Behrendt owns “A Portrait by Indy” photography studio in Stanwood.

Crossing Borders: The lecture series “Crossing Borders: Artists on their Art” continues during the month of March at Bayview Cash Store on Whidbey Island.

The series is organized by island artists KeKe Cribbs and Danielle Bodine to bring artists together with area art enthusiasts to discover unknown territories.

A $5 donation at each lecture benefits Sui Generis, a nonprofit organization that is planning an arts production and education center on Whidbey Island and that also offers youth art apprenticeship programs.

All lectures take place at Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road, Langley. Call 360-321-4145 for further information. The series is described by the organizers as follows:

* KeKe Cribbs and Alicia Lomne, “Through the Looking Glass,” 2 p.m., Sunday. Cribbs and her daughter Lomne discuss their work with glass. Cribbs works in surface decorating glass: sandblasting, engraving, reverse painting and firing enamels onto glass mosaics and adhering them to ceramic sculpture. Lomne is a pate de verre artist, using ancient techniques to create contemporary sculptures in bright colors.

* Danielle Bodine and Sylvia White, “Urban Foraging for Basket Artist Materials,” 2 p.m. March 11. Mixed media and basket artists, Bodine and White use alternative and recycled materials to create their art. Join them on a tour of recycle centers, grocery, hardware and drug stores where they forage for materials.

* Jean Whitesavage, “Making Art for Public Spaces” 2 p.m. March 18. Whitesavage will present her forged steel sculpture and discuss public projects that she has built with her partner, Nick Lyle. Her voluptuous and complex forms often take the form of giant plants and flowers, reflecting her love and reverence for the natural world.

* Ron Ho, “Becoming Chinese,” 2 p.m., March 25. Ho, a jewelry artist, will discuss how his Chinese heritage and being born in Hawaii have influenced his work. He taught art in the Bellevue School District for 32 years and continues to teach in schools as a Seattle and King County Arts Commission artist-in-residence.

Gallery walk: Anacortes will hold its monthly gallery walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The following art spots will be open for foot traffic:

* Anne Martin McCool Gallery, 711 Commercial Ave., features paintings and prints by guest artist Michael Stark and other gallery artists.

* Keystone Center for the Arts, 619 Commercial Ave., features Elisabeth’s Cottage by the Sea, Lorraine Beegle Studio, Katalyst Kreations and Earthbound Books.

* Insights Gallery, 516 Commercial Ave., pastels by Bill McEnroe, acrylics in Russian impressionistic style by Dianna Shyne and abstract work by Michael Moe.

* Digital Art Moments, 512 Commercial Ave., “Black and White – A World Without Color,” by John Pendelton.

* Adrift, 510 Commercial Ave., work by local artists.

* Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., pastels by Ann Jones of Orcas Island, oils by Becky Bragg, watercolors by Larry Mason, acrylics by Jennifer Bowman, photographs by Randy Dana and Dick Garvey, oils by Don deLlamas and other gallery artists.

* Gallery at the Depot, 611 R Ave., the annual Anacortes School District’s Youth Art Show for grades K-12.

* Bowman Gallery, 801 Fifth St., handmade paper jewelry by Jerlyn Caba, oil paintings by Deborah Kerr and mosaics by Jean Kroll.

Glass art by Dianne Rasmussen at Solovei.

A military scene by Ryan Carlson at Arts of Snohomish.

Crepe paper flowers by Steve Wade at Arts of Snohomish.

“Morning’s Gift” by Ann Jones at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes.

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