Since the popular summer art and crafts show Art in the Park could not be held this year due to Covid-19 the Visual Arts Committee of Island Arts decided to present an online art show to take its place. The work you find below is the result. We want to thank all of the artists, photographers, jewelry makers woodworkers, potters and others for submitting samples of their work. To our visitors: if you find something for sale that you wish to purchase please contact the artist directly to make arrangements. If contact information isn’t available in the show information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch.
Thanks for visiting The 2020 Anderson Island Summer Art Show!
Alexei Antonov, Oil Painter
Alexei Antonov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in the former Soviet Uniion in 1957. He was classically trained in the prominent Russian Academy of Art in Moscow, which gave him a solid foundation for the future development and quality rarely found among young artists. He studied the techniques of the Flemish Masters: Rubens, Van Dyke, Snyders, and others, in search of achieving refined detail, subtle tone and most importantly to capture the light and glow within the canvas. His thirst for knowledge and perfection guided him to continually strive for movement, character and elegance in still life subject matter.
After completing classical training in Moscow, Antonov embarked on a journey to Italy. Fascinated by the Italian Masters, he went on to study their style and compositions. He beautifully incorporated the influence of the Italian school with his already established Flemish style. Rich colors and exacting detail were achieved by applying numerous layers of thin, transparent paint and glazes. Time, patience and love for art are reflected in each painting, regardless of size.
More recently Antonov has moved away from the strict realism for which he became renowned, and begun to explore a more loose and open impressionistic style.
To find out more about Alexei’s career and work please visit IA’s interview with him from March of 2018: https://andersonislandarts.com/2018/03/interview-with-alexei-antonov/
Belen Schneider, Photographer
Belen Bilgic Schneider is an amateur naturalist and wildlife photographer, inspired by her fourteen years on Anderson Island. She enjoys sharing her stories with the public – via her naturalist blog, public speaking, and community events – as well as working with customers to turn her photography into the perfect art for their homes, reflecting the lush, wild beauty of the island. Her work is available at the General Store, the AIHS Gift Shop, and through custom order in a variety of sizes and mediums.
See more of Belen’s work at the “Associated Artists” page on this website at: https://andersonislandarts.com/associated-artists/#schneider
Bill Miller, Photographer
In the 1960s I discovered photography. So much so that I abandoned my dream of becoming an architect. I even announced to my father at the tender age of 14 that I was going to be a photographer. He said I was too young to make that kind of choice. 2019 marked my 50th year as a professional photographer. My early years dealt with high school sports and events for my yearbook. I then started shooting sports for a local newspaper at 16.But all things were fair game for my lens. Sunsets, rainbows and every thing pretty or interesting. I have owned some photo studios while living down south and photographed more brides than I could count.When my 3 daughters came into the family I had ready access to beautiful models who didn’t always want to pose but are glad now they did.When I retired we chose Anderson for many reasons but wildlife was high on the list.I sometimes think we have more deer than full time residents. We have only been here since mid 2017 but already we have more friends here than the 28 years we lived in Bothell.
Candace Cragg, Jewelry Maker
I am a jewelry artist who loves creating with my hands: hammering , forming , texturing and soldering sterling silver.All are “ one offs” so each piece is unique. Many are set with pearls or semiprecious stones.All my pieces are entirely handmade here in my studio on beautiful Anderson Island.
Danielle Rebel, Painter
Danielle Rebel is an island artist that paints in her spare time in between caring for her 3 girls, her father and spending time with her better half. As well as, juggling her career as a psychiatric registered nurse that specializes in education and prevention and her other hobbies of kayaking, gardening and long walks. Danielle Rebel has spent, her most recent years in painting, focusing on social justice art and landscapes of the island. Her early paintings include portraits of people from around the world. Her work includes a touch of realism, an urban feel and spontaneous color. As an artist I feel like I am still growing, exploring materials to use and subjects to paint. I am pushing my skill and my expression to the next level. So I am an artist in progress!
Deborah Anderson, Watercolor Painter
Deborah J. Anderson’s claim to fame: she is Rick Anderson’s little sister. She grew up in Tacoma and spent about 10 years roaming the world before returning to the Pacific Northwest. Excellent decision. Deborah earned a Master’s Degree in French from the UW in Seattle, and raised 4 children before taking a few watercolor classes. She is also a published composer of modern classical music. Deborah now lives in Steilacoom and loves watching the ferries and the ever-changing weather. Artist statement: Believe in your artistic ability, no matter how late you start, or what medium you choose. The list of possibilities is too long for this short statement, but you know where your talents lie.
Gayle McDaniel, Watercolor Painter
A native of SoCal, I am now fortunate to spend much of my time on Anderson Island. I’m a graduate of Woodbury University. My background is in design. I was a decorative artist for interior designers, and a graphic designer and illustrator for the giftware and party goods industry. I have studied ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and animation but watercolor painting has long been my favorite medium for creating art.
I enjoy painting the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the weather changes quickly, skies become dramatic, sunsets explode with color, reflections in water quickly move from still to fluid abstract puddles of beauty. I am also attracted to still life images of fruits, vegetables and flowers, harvested from my garden, and drawn to objects in a natural setting that catch sunlight and cast deep shadows. I love incorporating people in my landscapes interacting with nature, often using my grandchildren as subjects.
I am a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.I have exhibited paintings in the Peninsula Art League’s annual Juried Open Exhibition since 2012.
2nd Place, 2020 Winter at the Farm, Anderson Island
Best of Show, 2019 Winter at the Farm, Anderson Island
3rd Place, 2018 Peninsula Art League, Gig Harbor
1st Place, 2018 Winter at the Farm, Anderson Island
Gene Orr, Photographer
Lifelong Washington resident. Resident of Anderson Island for the past twenty years. Grew up in Renton, Washington where I took photography classes at Hazen High school. Graduating in 1979. Worked in various restaurants in Seattle as a chef. I worked for tow boat companies in Puget Sound and Alaska. Retired from Washington State Ferries I truly enjoy living on Anderson island with my girlfriend Becca who is currently employed at Abertsons in Steilacoom as a florist.
Hayley Young, Photographer/Director
Hayley Young began working as Staff Photographer for Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Magazine in 2009. In the years since, she has personally photographed over 2000 people and places across Washington State. Her work has been published nationally as well, taking assignments for The Guardian, Washington Post, Fast Company, OUT Magazine and The Sunday Times (UK).
Young began directing in 2010. Her videos have gained millions of views for her artists and the labels that represent them (RCA, Atlantic, SONY). Here’s a link to the video for “Girl”, a song by SYML that was shot on Anderson Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhg3eYdEYNo
In 2020, Young accepted her new role as Executive Producer of Curator Pictures.
She loves people and telling their stories through images and motion is her childhood dream come true.
Hoppy Shop (Sonja and Dale Hopkins), Metal Artist
Metal art, like sculpting from a marble slab, requires the eye of an artist to find the beauty existing within the sheet of metal. They make a great team. Sonja does the designing and Dale turns it into a work of art. They have lived on Anderson Island for over 16 years. You will see their metal artwork at the Anderson Island Community Center, the Lakeshore Restaurant and the Johnson Farm Archival Building in the McGoldrick Library.
Dale is a master craftsman. His career spanned more than 40 years in industrial and commercial metal applications. He worked on the construction of the convention center in Seattle, at SeaTac Airport on the newest control tower. He was actually at the 200 ft level of the structure during the earthquake we had in 2001 and had just welded a hand railing into place.
Metal fabrication has always been his passion. In addition to creating custom metal art, he creates utility trailers, gates, repairs heavy equipment and repurposes steel into new and functional forms. He is a welder/fitter/fabricator who knows what metal applications work and the ones that don’t. He shares that wealth of experience and knowledge with customers.
J. Michael McNally, Multi-Media Artist
Biography: J. Michael McNally “Mike” http://www.jmmcnally.com I lived and worked on the Eastside of Seattle for over 30 years before movinghere to Anderson Island in 2018. I have been painting for over 3 years and seriously developing my artwork since 2018. I worked in the Financial Services sector, mostly, and have a 23 YO son living in Sedona, AZ.
Artist Statement: I describe my painting style as: Figurative Fusion®. My style is mostly representational with some elements of abstraction, expressionism and impressionism. I also consider myself a Pacific Northwest artist with a majority of my images coming from my immediate environment. I am an Acrylic Painter with an eye for unique imagery and fine detail. Please visit my website for further details and full catalog of my paintings. www.jmmcnally.com
Jon Field, Multi Media Artist
I make no pretense of being an artist, and have never claimed to be one. I simply like to draw and create something for fun, to see what I can come up with. I’m inspired by, and have the utmost respect for real artists. Of Art, I will quote my Brother who was indeed a real artist. “People can live without Art, but with it, life is a little more enjoyable!”
Kent Emert, Woodworker
I grew up in the northwest corner of New Mexico in a small town called Farmington. I have resided in the Seattle area for the last 16 years and split our time between our home in the Milton, WA. area and our home on Anderson Island, WA.
I live my life with the most wonderful person I have ever met, my much better half Joline. Between us we have 5 of the best kids ever and 6 almost 7 beautiful grand children.
Most of my life has been spent in the construction trades where I gained all of the wood working skilled needed to design and create some pretty unique wood art.
I truly hope you like my work.
Kim Schuckart-Gunns, Painter
A multi award winning artist for the past 23 yrs, she has shown in over a 100 juried art shows in the US and internationally. She was one of 12 selected Washington Women to go and show her art in China in the Yangzhou Art Museum. A fine member of American Women Artists, PAL, SHA, and past member of COCA, NWWS, RAL & VP of Pacific Gallery Artists.
She was selected to do the Landfill.Org Hubcap Project, sending a large (4’ x5’) 1957 Dodge Lancer Hubcap mixed media art piece to PA. Her project was featured in a 6 mo. exhibition at The Museum of Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia over 2k people attended that show. It now resides in a permanent collection in Pennsylvania. However, the piece was again selected for a 4 yr exhibition tour in 8 to 10 USA museums starting- 2019 titled Exhibition is : What Color is your Dream?
She stays studio current by taking two 5 day workshops per year with the top leading artists and mentors such as Carla O’Connor, Bob Burridge, Bev Jozwiak, Jean Pederson. She also studied wc for 10 yrs with the late Betty Mears and has had 5 yrs Formal Art Training through Melissa Weinman Studio, who also taught at the Gage and Pratt Art Schools.
In her colorful contemporary work, Kim compels the viewer to interact by stimulating thought and interpretation using an impressionist and expressive abstract style. Her world of art resonates on bold color, direct strokes and creative imagination making one of a kind artwork in various mediums. She is known as the Ideas Artist as well as the Giving Artist having helped raise funds for many clubs and non-profits through her art and devoted time. She selects only the finest art materials and uses various mediums to make each work a meaningful archival artwork. Her work has sold in private venues, galleries, and has been purchased by area corporations and private collectors.
From the seedling of the idea it’s the journey and process I crave and love most. Artistic expression magnifies from the inside out using expressive style, direct strokes and bold color. With a stroke of a brush my art soul emerges and the painting calls me into it. We dance the dance until there is nothing left unsaid. I sign the finished work yet don’t want it to go. It stays with me awhile unless its visual voice speaks again to the art lover within you to head to its new home or it’s next journey.
My paintings are asking the viewer to partake, to become an observer of thought, take interest and perhaps wonder about what’s before them. If only a few moments to explore with the mind and become a part of the connection. Art – the vital connection of life to an artist! Allow yourself to enjoy the moments, feel inspired, listen to its calling and share it wit h those you love.
Liane Heckman, Painter
Several years ago, 2011 to be exact, Lynne Jacobsen offered her talents in presenting art classes for beginners. Having never done any art work, I thought, why not give it a try. Over the years since 2011, Lynne taught me how to use several mediums besides oil and watercolor, we experimented with pastels and colored pencils, as well. It’ has been an extremely gratifying experience for me and I feel so fortunate that the opportunity arose to learn a new medium of expression.
Linda Higginbotham, Painter
Hi you all, Linda Higginbotham here and here are some of my latest works. It was hard to choose what to show because I have been having fun with new ideas this year. I’ve been wanting to paint Anderson Island in a Folk Art way and also am playing with alcohol inks so I hope you enjoy my latest paintings. We are currently preparing to sail the Great Loop and have an adventure.
Lynne Jacobsen, Oil Painter
Lynne Jacobsen has been painting her whole life, and pretty much full-time since retiring and moving to the island. She earned her BA in Art but went on to study and work in the field of nursing. She now has time and a studio so can continue to work and study art focusing on oil painting and in-depth study of drawing fundamentals. She enjoys the studio work but also love teaching and has given numerous art classes to islanders. She also loves travel and painting scenes from her trips.
Art keeps me active and learning. I love to paint beautiful things and find beauty in simple objects. Finding this beauty in something as mundane as a worn tablecloth, or tarnished piece of silver brings me joy, and that is what I wish to share with the viewer. Art to me is a continual learning process, it is great fun to study and see growth in my artwork from year to year.
Miki Hayes, Watercolor Painter
I am a beginner watercolor painter, starting my journey into this medium last Fall during the 30 day Art Challenge put on by the Island Cafe’. I find myself constantly intrigued at the way that pigment and water interact with paper to create an array of textures. I learn something new with each painting, and this keeps me entertained and delighted. I especially love painting portraits of my animals at Four Ewe Ranch, and scenes around our beautiful island home. When I’m not painting or farming, I provide primary care medical services to children at my pediatric clinic in Lakewood.
If someone wishes to contact me about my paintings, they may email email@example.com or visit my farm on the island. I have not priced them for sale, but would consider selling them if someone has interest.
Nori Hashibe, Multi-Media Artist
BFA and MFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California.
Laguna Art Festival -Mayor’s Purchase Award
Gallery director – Mount San Antonio College. Los Angeles,
Consultant -Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Ca.
Consultant -Moa Foundation, Moa Art Museum, Japan
Consultant -Kunstmuseum, Wofsburg, Germany
A Contributing writer, “Machiaruki Journal”, Tokyo, Japan.
Penne Wilson, Painter
I moved to Washington, in 2016 from Albuquerque, NM, landing first in Puyallup and then fulfilling a life-long fantasy to live on an island, I purchased a home and moved to Anderson Island in 2018. I was born in California but spent most of my first 34 years in Pueblo, Colorado, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in English, married. and had my children. In my 34 years in Albuquerque, I raised my children, got a divorce, and I earned a Ph.D. in distance education and multi-media and a Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico.
I have two wonderful daughters: My older daughter, Karie, is an attorney in Las Vegas, NV, and the younger one, Jaime, is a counselor at Puyallup High School, in Puyallup, WA. My amazing granddaughter, McKenna, will testify to the wonders of Anderson Island. I also have two adopted sons: Jeff who lives in Baton Rouge, LA, and Keonte, who lives in Albuquerque, NM and four grandsons: Parrish, Ashton, Jackson, and Amir’e. I live with my menagerie, Mack the cat, Layla a senior citizen cocker spaniel, and Riley, a miniature poodle.
I have a total of 50 years of experience in education and I am currently teaching high school English at Great Lakes Learning Academy, a totally online school located in Lansing, MI. In addition to teaching, I am a published poet and I paint, take photographs, read, sew, garden, and live every day to the fullest, enjoying the many blessings of my life.
Rosemary Zilmer, Watercolor Painter/Miniaturist
Born and raised in Seattle, I have had a love of art from an early age. Beyond graphic design and fine art in a variety of mediums, I have created numerous museum quality miniatures that capture story telling in three dimension. With a half century of family history on Anderson Island, it was an honor to create, along with my husband Mark, the miniature replica of Lyle’s General Store that is on permanent display at the Johnson Farm Museum.
I was delighted to be invited by Islanders, Bob and Dana Gerstlauer, to illustrate their children’s book about Orlando and his dream of becoming a tuna boat captain. With my fondness for detail in both two and three dimensional art, it’s been a joyful challenge to bring Orlando’s adventure story to life.
Su Crawford, Painter
I retired in 2014 and moved to Anderson Island, WA that same year. I took up drawing and watercolor shortly thereafter. Susan has always had a deep appreciation of Nature and was fortunate to have moved to an area that is conducive to her art endeavors. She hopes that through her work she is able convey the beauty of nature that is all around us.
Susan Crawford grew up in Montana and attended the University of Arizona. She graduated with a minor in Art.
Thomas Cool, Woodworker
I started to carve in “Found Wood/Drift wood” about 20 years ago while I was hiking on the Washington coast. I picked up a random piece of drift wood with interesting features and began to “whittle” away at it over the course of my time on the coast. In the past 20 years I have carved hundreds of pieces raging from large to small, giving most of them away and selling a few as I developed my skill as a wood carver and artist.
My work represents the individual character of the “found wood” I discover on my many adventures.
Virginia Cummings, Painter
I have only had a few college art classes before I moved to Anderson Island but always had an interest in art. Once I moved to the island, I started by taking art classes from Lynne Jacobsen. Enjoyed it so much that I continued classes and workshops from other local artist, trying different mediums but always returning to watercolor. I continued experimenting with watercolor and ended up teaching a watercolor class which pushed me to expand my skills and techniques. I think I will always enjoy exploring new mediums, new paints, and new techniques.
I have always enjoyed color. Exploring color thru an artist’s eye opens you up to a whole palet of colors of different hues, values and tones and how they harmonize together. Even painting white has an array of reflections of colors. I hope when viewing my painting you will take the time to discover the joy of color.