Four Whidbey artists to show newest works

When friends gather, there is always magic in the air. On Saturday and Sunday, four artists and friends will present a show of wonderfully diverse artwork – “Friends and Visions: Art from the Heart” – in the Front Room of the Bayview Cash Store on Whidbey Island.

Coupeville artists Gerry and Norma Roberts join Langley artists Mary Jo Oxrieder and Windwalker Taibi for this unveiling of new creations.

Featured works include paintings, bold abstract acrylics, fine handmade cards, journals and spirit pieces, jewelry and wall art. A portion of the sales of the fine pewter gray whale and orca pendants will be donated to The Orca Network for the protection of marine mammals in Puget Sound and surrounding waterways.

The show is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road, the intersection of Bayview and Marshview roads, in Langley.

“All Aboard”: All Aboard is a nonprofit group dedicated to helping the special needs community. The group provides a daily menu of events and programs such as cooking, arts and crafts, music and exercise.

The group’s first art show will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Armory, 2730 Oakes Ave. There is no admission charge and no artist entrance fee. Works of art will be offered for sale to help the organization raise money. There will also be hourly performances by the All Aboard adult choir.

Art Walk: Mukilteo Arts Guild is sponsoring an Art Walk in Old Town Mukilteo from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27 and Aug. 24. Maps will be available at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Room 103, each night of the event. Local artists are encouraged to attend and display their work. Contact the Mukilteo Arts Guild at 425-423-0450 for more information.

Lyussy Hyder show: Lyussy Hyder is the showcased artist this month at Meyer’s Cafe, 1700-C W. Marine View Drive, Everett. A collection of her chalk pastels, an oil pastel, two other oils, a watercolor and an acrylic painting will be displayed at the cafe. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Juliette Ricci show: Juliette Ricci, an Olympia-based artist working in mixed media painting, has an exhibit through June at Kaladis Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., Seattle.

Ricci explores new ways of being vulnerable. Her work offers up bold colors and diaristic writing.

Ricci describes pieces using text and image as “a way to ultimately bring everything together as an artist and as a human being.” Ricci treats her canvases as large-scale diary pages. She is a recent graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ricci has donated work to the Cascade Aids Project and also been involved in Barewalls, a benefit for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s scholarship fund.

Uncle Elizabeth’s exhibit: Uncle Elizabeth’s, an Internet cafe at 1123 Pike St., Seattle, presents the art of Jennifer Sellers through June and July.

Sellers was raised and educated in the Colorado Rockies and developed a passion for animals and the emotional connection they have to our lives. Through her bold use of colors and expression, she captures the energy and inner spirits of our beloved pets in her original pet portraits.

She believes that painting should be a spontaneous act.

“In the midst of a painting, I don’t always consciously know where I’m going with the work but I keep pushing paint onto canvas. Through the sculpting and blending of the paint, the final creation makes sense,” Sellers said.

New art school: The Point Elliott Art Academy in Mukilteo has opened, an outgrowth of the Gene Nastri Community School of the Arts and the recently closed Point Elliott Art Center. Founding board members are Carol Harkins and Everett Community College art faculty members Lowell Hanson and Sandra Lepper.

The nonprofit organization, with office and classroom space in the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., opens its doors on a summer program of weeklong art workshops scheduled July 10 through Aug. 25.

Emphasis will be on classical western tradition, with a core portfolio program providing graduated studies in drawing and painting, along with media exploration, design and art history, including field trips to area museums and galleries. Sales of student and faculty art will help fund the academy.

Like all start-up nonprofits, everything is needed: board members, volunteers, instructors, students and community input.

Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Rosehill Community Center; call 425-308-5503; e-mail info@pointelliottartacademy.org, or see www.pointelliottartacademy.org.

“Madonna &Child” from the “Friends and Visions: Art from the Heart” exhibit.

ABOVE: Pet portraits by Jennifer Sellers

LEFT: Lyussy Hyder’s art is on display at Meyer’s Cafe in Everett.

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