Reception for artists set in Bothell tonight

The Art &Soul Gallery in Bothell’s Country Village will host an artists’ reception featuring four local artists in different mediums for its “Wine, Women Artists &Chocolate” show.

The free reception, catered by Papas Place, with wine tasting provided by Country Cottage Wine Merchants, will be from 6 to 9 tonight at the gallery, 817 238th St. SW, Suite A.

For more information, call The Art &Soul Gallery, 425-487-3777. The show runs through Oct. 22.

The four featured artists are Patricia Bauer, photo montage; Sharon Pollar, acrylics; Donna Jean Perry, mixed media; and Joy Rome, fiber art.

Edmonds Art Studio Tour: Edmonds artists are celebrating fall by opening their studios for the Edmonds Art Studio Tour.

This free, self-guided tour of 16 Edmonds art studios and seven galleries features more than 30 local artists. During the event, visitors will have the opportunity to view working studios, meet and talk with artists, view demonstrations and purchase the artists’ latest work.

Art mediums include jewelry; monotype print; watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic, collage and mixed-media paintings; photography; photomontage; hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery; wood turnings from salad bowls to hollow forms; and woven, sewn, wearable and home decor fiber art. Many artists will also offer handmade gift items, greeting cards, calendars and matted prints of their work.

The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information and a map, visit

Russ Riddle, lecture in the Loft: Join Russ Riddle as he talks on the subject of “The Fine Art of Studio Furniture Creation.”

The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gallery in the Loft at Brindles Marketplace, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd. (Terry’s Corner), Camano Island.

A wood artist, Riddle is a scientist by training who is largely self-taught as an artist, with a little help and inspiration from woodworkers in his family.

“I believe that craftsmanship isn’t just the package for showing off figure and design but is an integral part of the artistic expression. It is an essential part of the artist’s gift,” Riddle said.

Riddle derives his designs from patterns observed in architecture, nature and furniture from many cultures. He employs inlay, stringing and tiling as graphic design elements to enhance his pieces.

Along with viewing great art on display, participants are encouraged to bring questions. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call 360-631-0688 or e-mail

Rock on: Remember those rocks with the funny faces painted on them that showed up a lot at arts and crafts sales?

OK. These are not those rocks.

Artist Kathleen Dawe has a different approach to this kind of painting. She uses an “individual” shape and the texture of each rock to complement the subject. Many of the paintings are skulls of birds and animals, a few are of the real animal, while other pieces contain mystical figures.

Dawe’s work is on display from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Sept. 29 at the Solovei Art Gallery, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett.

Raven Rocks comes to the Bayview: Artists Mary Jo Oxrieder and Windwalker Taibi of Raven Rocks Studio on south Whidbey Island are opening a gallery at Bayview Corner’s historic Cash Store.

Featuring whimsical, contemporary, metaphysical and American Indian works, the gallery will offer patrons a wide variety of affordable original artwork.

Oxrieder and Taibi will also make their artwork during gallery hours, which will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays by chance or appointment, through Dec. 31.

Sculptures for sale: The 2006 Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition artists announce the sale of 38 sculptures.

For the 14th year, Bellevue has hosted its celebrated biennial sculpture exhibition, which runs through Oct. 9. At this time, all indoor and outdoor sculptures have become available for purchase.

The sculptures range in price from $1,200 to $85,000, with many artists open to buyer bidding. For purchase information or to obtain a brochure with price listings, call Cathy Nanda at 425-452-4852 or e-mail her at Visit to view an online gallery of the work available. You can also hear commentary about the sculptures from the artists themselves.

For more information, call the Bellevue Arts Commission at 425-452-4852.

A chest and table by wood artist Russ Riddle.

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