Lynnwood has artists show orange variations

Orange Crush. It’s a drink, a 1989 hit for R.E.M. and now an art exhibit.

The Lynnwood Arts Commission is presenting “Orange Crush,” an exhibit where 46 local and regional artists will paint, print, do textiles and ceramics all in celebration of the color orange.

The exhibit starts today and runs through Nov. 15 at the fourth annual juried, themed exhibit at Lynnwood Library Gallery, 19200 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood,

A reception for the artists is planned from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 6. Refreshments will be served and gift baskets filled with items donated from local businesses will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners.

Kid stuff: Port Townsend children’s book illustrator and painter Max Grover brings his collection of eye-popping pictures and his artistic ways to express such phrases as “about to sprout” and “frisky biscuit” to Edmonds.

The exhibit runs through October at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds. Grover will give a free public slide lecture from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St. The exhibit is presented by the Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

Grover sees magic in ordinary objects and his presentation plays with words, tells stories and delights adults and children with a mixture of sophistication and whimsy. Grover illustrated such children’s books as “I Wish I Were a Pilot,” his 11th picture book, and has been painting since 1984.

Grover lives with his wife, Sherry, and their two cats, Cheddar and Oreo.

A show of love: The Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission is observing the deaths of two dedicated volunteers — Sharron Berwick and Joyce Hagen — by dedicating this year’s Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show to these two women.

The show will be Saturday through Oct. 6 at Mountlake Terrace Library Complex, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace.

Both women shared a common vision to recognize the importance of cultural arts in the building of a strong, vital community and saw art as part of the human spirit.

Both women were longtime members of the Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission. Hagen did courtroom drawings for several of the local television stations. Some of her drawings were shown on national television. Hagen practiced her art in many media, including watercolor, pastel chalk, conte crayon, oils, pen and ink, and pencil sketches. She also sculpted.

Arts of the Terrace attracts artists from throughout the Puget Sound region to compete in categories including paintings, prints and drawings, miniatures, photography, calligraphy and three-dimensional works.

Go north, art lovers: If you are looking to get out of town and enjoy some beautiful sights, in addition to beautiful scenery, head northwest to Anacortes and Whidbey Island for these art treats:

Anne Schreivogl’s work is a bit like what jazz music would look like if it were an acrylic painting: bright, energetic and somewhat abstract. Her joyful work has critters and people portrayed in colorful fashion doing everyday things such as eating lunch, making tea, waiting in line or playing music. Schreivogl (pronounced Shry-vo-gull) was named “Best of the West” for the Northwest by Southwest Art Magazine and is being featured in a solo show with more than 40 of her upbeat works at the Insights Gallery, 516 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Previews for the show begin Monday with a public opening reception set for 6 p.m. Oct. 5. The show runs through Oct. 25.

Lyla Lillis of Earth, Woman and Fire Pottery will open her studio to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 442 Wilderness Way, north of Oak Harbor. This is pottery made from Whidbey Island clay and begins with a primitive process that results in functional artwork. Visitors might catch a glimpse of the artist at work. Joining Lillis will be wall artists Judy Klemencic and Chong McCarthy, among others. On display will be vases, bowls, drums, planters, oil paintings and jewelry.

Show in Seattle: Everett artist Doug Gemmell, who owns Anabel’s Framing &Gallery on Broadway, is showing his work through Nov. 5 at Kaladis, 511 E. Pike St., Seattle.

Gemmell works in oils, acrylics and recycled paper and he is featuring paintings with titles such as “Red Bamboo,” “Delore al Tramonto,” and “Two Deserts.” Gemmell said in his artist’s biography that he loves to “inspire people to participate in the unfolding of the universe or at the least make them think that they shouldn’t kill one another.”

ABOVE: “Orange Crusher,” Rob Millard

LEFT: “Avid Reader,” Max Grover

“Red Bamboo,” Doug Gemmell

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