It just keeps getting classier.
The Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild annual Spring Art Show started out at the middle school, then moved to the fairgrounds. This year, the art show’s sixth, artists get to spread out in the historic and grand Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.
The 2,720-square-foot public hall with the beautiful wood floors and large windows couldn’t be a better spot, the location lending street cred to the idea that this is, after all, a fine art show, said Anne Daletski, the guild’s vice president and art show chairwoman.
“It gives it more je ne sais quoi,” Daletski said.
And along with the class, the art show has upped the variety of art to view and buy.
“In the past there’s been such an emphasis on painting, on 2-D art, that if people were interested in ceramics or pottery or jewelry” they were out of luck, Daletski said. “But this year it seems to be more evenly divided. And I’m very excited for the glass artists. This building has eight windows and the glass will have a natural light behind it, so it will be a very pretty show, with something for everyone.”
The juried show is open only to guild members who are offering their best original work.
One of the featured artists is Vicki Dodge, a versatile artist who produces museum-quality jewelry using semi-precious stones and gems with precious and semi-precious metals. She’ll also be showing her photography, ceramics and felted alpaca hats.
“She’s just artistic to the bone,” Daletski said.
Another featured artist is the poster art winner for this year’s show, Sylvia Domoto, a watercolorist who does landscape, seascape, still life and floral works.
Her poster art, “Poppies on Parade,” was done in vibrant shades of red and demonstrated what she has said about watercolor: It has “a magical energy.”
“When I was working as a geriatric social worker, I encouraged elders to take up a new activity or area of learning to present positive challenges to their brains and bodies as they age … for discovery, energy and creativity. I’m happy to be taking my own advice,” Domoto said in a written statement. She retired from social work in 2000.
Reporter Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424 or firstname.lastname@example.org