Palette Talk: May 2016
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Palette Talk

May 2016


President's Letter

New Members

Welcome to new members Kevin Miller and Janet Wilson

Annual Summer Picnic
The annual picnic for all members will be hosted by Brom and Anne Wikstrom at their home in Magnolia on Saturday, July 23. Please note that all members are invited to the picnic…come spend an afternoon relaxing with your fellow artists!

We need a few volunteers to help plan the picnic and coordinate with the Wikstroms about planning; please contact Arica Schuett at if you would like to help out. 

If you have not yet paid your dues for 2016, please do so by May 20 by going to PSG’s website and clicking on PayPal. The board has scheduled a work party to update the website, membership rosters and other administrative computer tasks, so we’ll need everyone paid up by then.

Treasurer Gary Gumble is testing various software that would allow PSG to accept monthly installment payments for dues. It may be a few more months before we have that option up and running, so stay tuned. 

Interview of Life Members/Anniversary Project
Phillip Levine continues to conduct interviews of PSG Life Members, with a goal of producing a 45-minute video in conjunction with a future exhibit and 2 to 4-page brochure. We are pursuing grants for this project. 



Patricia HalsellPSG
President 2016

Exhibitions Report

Museum of Northwest Art - Museum Store Opportunity
PSG has been invited by the Museum of Northwest Art to become regular providers of art for their Museum Store. PSG President Pat Halsell and Exhibitions Chair Michelle Friars traveled to La Conner to see the space in person. We are excited by what we learned.

The Store has space for up to twenty smaller works. It is located in the heart of La Conner where they average over 1000 visitors a month, regularly selling work in the $400-700 range with a few pieces for up to $1000. Their holdings include a number of our legacy artists and there is excitement on both sides at continuing the relationship.

PSG will provide four to five pieces of artwork from each of four to five artists on a quarterly rotating basis. MoNA’s immediate deadline didn’t allow time for a membership-wide open call, so a quick initial show was put together featuring the work of four member artists, W.G. Hook, Christine Sharp, Beth Betker and Joy Hagen.  The Museum was delighted with what we provided and is looking forward to future shows.

Watch for a general call soon to establish a pool of work to cover the next four quarters. If you’d like to plan ahead, we’ll be looking for framed 2D work, originals only, no larger than about 18” on the longest side. Works should be priced from $200-800 with no more than one exceeding that range. MoNA takes a 50% commission which should be taken into account in pricing. We need a range of work at multiple price points. We understand that this may be low for some established artists, however they may consider submitting high quality studies. To be considered, your work will need to be photographed and ready to submit via email in jpg format. More details to come next month about this exciting opportunity.

Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Proposal
In March, PSG submitted a proposal for an exhibition of member work in 2017 in the WSCC. We felt it was a strong proposal, unfortunately it was not accepted. No reasons were given beyond “so many strong proposals submitted. . .tough decision.” We’ll attempt to find out more to improve our chances next time.

Volunteers Needed
Contact Michelle at if you can help locate venues, organize shows or help with calls.

Upcoming Events

Graphic Masters: Durer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso, R. Crumb exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.
Seattle, WA
More Info

JUNE 16 
A Space of One’s Own: A Conversation on Affordable Housing & Work Space for Artists, at the Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, WA
More Info

Annual PSG Summer Picnic! 
Seattle, WA
More Info to come as date nears.


Program Highlights


The Annual PSG Summer Picnic is being hosted by Brom and Anne Wikstrom.

More information will be provided as the event date nears.  We look forward to seeing everyone!

July 23, 2016
Seattle, WA
MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART Museum Store Opportunity

The PSG will be posting a general call soon regarding the Museum Store opportunity at the Museum of Northwest Art, located in the heart of La Conner. 

Please keep an eye out soon for a general call to members for the upcoming opportunities!

La Conner, WA

Local Events

Father's Day Weekend
June 17-19, 2016

58th Edmonds Arts Festival is this year, and is one of the Pacific Northwest's largest Father's Day Weekend art celebrations! 
More Info

Celebrating 26 years!

The Shoreline Arts Festival is held on the last weekend in June. There is something creative and fun for everyone at this  FREE two-day community event.

More Info

THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to Kirkland to see the Artist Salon.  
It was a wonderful event, full of remarkable conversation and a wonderful presentation by Tenaya Sims!

We look forward to continuing our artist salon series in September.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!
2016 PSG Survey Results Overview

Thank you all for your participation and responses in the survey! Your input and ideas help to develop the programs and activities for PSG membership.

The ideas expressed to improve activities and programs are now being utilized as we continue in PSG planning. In particular, significant interest was expressed for the Artist Salon, Art and Business, Exhibitions, Social Events and Legacy categories.  

Some wonderful member ideas included talks on composition and lighting, anatomy for artists, creative inspiration and composition. Additionally, other great topics included sculpting, gallery owners and museum directors speaking engagement, and much more.

Most members favored strengthening artist and gallery based sales.  We are continuing to work to meet this demand. The Exhibition Report earlier in the newsletter indicates this to be an important ongoing part of our organizational focus.

As for volunteer opportunities, thank you so much to everyone who offered to share their areas of interest. We look forward to utilizing your skills in the near future.Our future benefits greatly with member involvement.

Thank you, members, for your input. We look forward to having this valuable information continue to guide us as we plan for the future of PSG!

2016 Artist Salon Series

Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub in Kirkland.

September 17
Guest Gabi Campanario, Urban Sketchers

November 19
Tom Hoffmann Gage Academy instructor/New PSG member

Welcome New Members!

PSG Welcomes the Following New Members:
Kevin Miller
Janet Wilson 

Member News

Jolyn Wells-Moran

Upcoming Workshop: Paint in the Park

For beginning and intermediate painters who want to study or review composition, color schemes and values. This plein air workshop (outdoors) will be held July 1 and 2, 10am - 3pm each day.

Email for registration, location and materials list. Any color medium is okay.

Jolyn Wells-Moran. See bio and works at

Cost: $150


Valerie Collymore

Oil Paintings from Provence:
Landscapes, Seascapes and Wooden Boats 


Featured articles from Valerie's show, showing wonderful French Landscapes. More of Valerie's Fountainhead Gallery works can be seen here.

Several remaining works are currently on the mezzanine of the Fountainhead Gallery throughout the month of May, for those who are interested in viewing or inquiring to purchase! 

Bill Werrbach

Vintage painting by William Werrbach found in recent exhibition 

"Sometimes you can find out what happens to your old paintings", says Bill Werrbach. 

In 1965, Bill donated his "Marchers" painting to an ACLU auction to benefit those injured in the March. It was purchased by a local civil rights attorney. When he died, his family sold the painting on EBay to a black history museum in New Jersey.

Bill's 1965 impressionist painting "The Marchers" depicts the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama civil rights march led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Recently, the painting was included in an exhibition entitled "Civil Rights - We Have it in Our Power to Begin the World Over Again", sponsored by "VOID" a non-profit organization in Northern Ireland.

Six New York galleries and private collectors collaborated with "VOID" to put together an impressive exhibition of black civil rights history. The exhibition was first seen in New York, and then traveled to Northern Ireland as part of a commemoration of their 1968 civil rights movement.

" It's satisfying to know that a painting you did 51 years ago is still appreciated today", say Bill.

Jung, Hyosoon

"Seattle Story 1" has been selected for the Call for Artists - 2016 National Juried Show.
to the Emerald art center in Springfield, Oregon.

The art exhibition will be held at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, Oregon in June 2016.

Be sure to mention you are a PSG Member when contacting Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio to get a great members discount from fellow member, Cary Jurriaans!
Congratulations, PSG Members!

On The Blog

Matzke Gallery PSG Northwest Artists Show
Matzke Gallery Call for Entry
2015 President's Annual Report
Photos: Inglewood Golf Club Exhibition
Photos: Annual PSG Dinner Meeting
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...

Valerie Collymore Workshop at Frye Art Museum
Steven Hill Award
Welcome our 2016 PSG Leadership Team!

Meeting Minutes

May 2016
April 2016
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