Pam Belcher’s “Molluscan Menagerie” is part of the the Schack Art Center’s annual “Holiday Show” featuring art by the Colored Pencil Society of America.

Pam Belcher’s “Molluscan Menagerie” is part of the the Schack Art Center’s annual “Holiday Show” featuring art by the Colored Pencil Society of America.

The Schack to spread cheer with three new holiday happenings

A pop-up market, jewelry show and play will join the lineup at Everett’s art center.

Everett­ ­­­— The Schack Art Center is known for its art to see and art for sale as the holidays approach, but this year there’s more.

“We have three new holiday events,” gallery director Carie Collver said. “We’re packing it in this year.”

The new events are a small business pop-up market, a jewelry trunk show and a play. “We want something for everyone,” she said.

That’s in addition to the art center’s “Holiday Show,” which opens today. The exhibit of 120 drawings are made by 31 members of the Seattle chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Their subjects include still lifes, portraits, floral and outdoor scenes.

It’s a Schack tradition to have a show with submissions from various local arts groups. In the past, these have included shows by watercolorists and pastel painters.

Pam Belcher, a Colored Pencil Society member who lives in Kenmore, said the group has existed for 28 years.

Colored pencil art is mostly representational, she said. Artists sometimes combine their medium with ink, pastels or watercolors. They’re blended on the surface of the paper or other material they’re using, which sometimes includes surfaces as diverse as wood panels or drafting film.

The artists draw from special pencil sets of 120 colors. “We layer colors of pencil on top of each other,” she said.

People often are surprised at the detail they see in the drawings. “It’s the standard comment we hear all the time,” Belcher said. “People look at work by a colored pencil artist and say, ‘I can’t believe it’s colored pencil.”

Upstairs in the mezzanine is a display of 31 watercolors by Elizabeth Kincaid. The University of Washington graduate is the author of “Paint Watercolors That Dance With Light.”

Her show includes a drawing of a swan called “Bubble Bath.” It was the result of what seemed at the time as an unexpected travel setback — missing a flight.

She and her daughter were taking a short trip to Scotland. The day they missed the flight, they had no car and so took a walk and discovered a nearby estuary.

“I got several paintings from that one photo session,” she said, including the scene that inspired “Bubble Bath.”

Her show includes paintings of flowers, birds and landscapes. She said she rushed to get 13 of her newest paintings framed after being invited to have a one-person show. “It was a mad scramble,” Kincaid said.

A selection of 3D art will be displayed throughout the main and mezzanine galleries. The work of 80 regional artists features glass, ceramics, jewelry and wood creations. A 10% discount is offered for art purchases made on in December.

The art center’s other holiday events are:

Seattle Metals Guild Holiday Trunk Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 24, will feature the work of nine jewelers selling one-of-a-kind pieces, Collver said. Featured artists are: Stephanie Benson, Peggy Foy, Nina Raizel, Jean Shaffer, Samantha Slater, Yuko Tanaka, Tegan Wallace, Sarah Wilbanks and Vicky Zomenou.

Small Business Saturday Artisan Pop-Up Market, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 in Schack Art Center studios 1 and 2, will showcase handmade purses and bags, ceramics, paper goods and hand-blown glass. Live glassblowing demonstrations also are scheduled.

The Holiday Market at Holiday on the Bay, co-sponsored by the Schack Art Center and the Port of Everett, is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett. Twenty-five local artists will be selling their wares upstairs at the Port Building — the same building that houses Scuttlebutt Restaurant. More at

“The Sitting Room,” a one-act play written and performed by Rebecca Redshaw of Mount Vernon, will be presented at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Schack’s Mezzanine Gallery. The performance is free but tickets, available online, are required. More at

Children’s activities led by Everett artist Cat Snapp will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 22 at the Schack. They’re for kids 6 and older.

Snapp is creating foam stamps for the event — images of household pets with holiday wreaths. It’s designed to be a fun activity for kids they can complete in five to 20 minutes. Washable stamp ink pads will be used, so if kids get ink on hands or clothes it will wash out.

“I use my formal training as a printmaker, so it’s easy for kids to create artwork and for parents to do it with them,” Snapp said.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or

If you go

Showing from Nov. 14 to Jan. 4 is the Schack Art Center’s annual “Holiday Show” featuring the Colored Pencil Society of America, as well as 3D art such as glass and pottery from more than 80 regional artists. Opening reception is 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21.

The Schack, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, is open 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. Call 425-259-5050 or go to for more information.

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