This is an art show that doesn’t happen every year.
But when it is scheduled, “The Art of the Garden” is one of the Schack Art Center’s most popular exhibits.
“It’s a real crowd-pleaser and popular exhibit because of the theme and a lot of real colorful works,” said Maren Oates, the art center’s spokeswoman.
The juried show, which continues through Aug. 31, includes the work of 150 artists, all of which are for sale.
“There are a lot of gardeners in our area who look for ways to enhance the landscape,” Oates said.
The art center considered all types of art for the show. Nearly 700 pieces were submitted digitally for consideration.
The exhibit includes painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, metal sculptures, collage, recycled materials and wood.
Many of the artists live in Western Washington, but works selected for the show are also by artists from Eastern Washington, Oregon, California, South Carolina and Florida.
It took about 10 days to figure out how to best display and hang the 350 pieces chosen for the exhibit.
“There are so many different styles and mediums used; it’s a very eclectic show,” Oates said.
Melissa Holzinger, of Arlington, has four of her photos in the show, including “Poppy.”
The macro photography technique she uses allows her to focus on details by using software to “stack” images into one photograph.
“It keeps it real interesting for me,” she said.
Holzinger began taking photography courses in 2005 at Everett Community College to sharpen her skills.
At the time, she planned on just taking one or two courses. By the time she completed the second quarter, she knew she wanted even more. This was at a time when the courses were switching from film to digital photography.
In 2007, she took a part-time job at the college, which she still has today.
“I practice the craft of photography,” she said. “I’m devoted to the craft.”
This is the second time the paintings of Laurie Olsen, of Snohomish, have been selected for “The Art of the Garden” show.
Her works are called “Mac’s Tree,” “Humming in the Rain” and “Warm Robin.”
The paintings of the hummingbirds and robin were created specially for this show, inspired by “what makes me happy in the garden.”
Olsen said that when she went to see the other pieces in the exhibit, she was struck by the variety of works and how the show was put together.
“I was amazed at how they grouped things,” she said. “’Art of the Garden’ is probably my favorite show.”
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go
“The Art of the Garden” exhibit, showcasing the work of more than 150 artists, is on display through Aug. 31 at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Go to www.schack.org/exhibits/art-of-the-garden-2/#gallery for more information.