Palette Talk: June 2016
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Palette Talk

June 2016

President’s Letter June 2016

Annual Summer Picnic
The annual picnic for all members will be at the Magnolia home of Brom and Anne Wikstrom on Saturday, July 23, from 1 PM to 7 PM.

All PSG members are invited! Brom and Anne will provide chicken, soft drinks, beer and wine. This is a potluck, so the rest of us should bring entrees, side dishes, appetizers, or any else you wish. There will be door prizes, and a nearby play field. Spouses/partners/guests are welcome but please, no children.

2715 W Lynn Place
Seattle, WA. 98199 (Magnolia)

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP through the Event Invitation that was sent to your member email via Eventbrite.

Didn't see your Member Invitation? You can request another here.
Questions? Email Brom at 
If you’re planning to bring something for the potluck, please email Anne at

A huge THANK YOU to Brom and Anne Wikstrom and PSG member volunteer Lanie Franza for organizing this event!

Welcome New Board Members
Negarra Kudumu is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a graduate degree from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Originally from Chicago, she lived in Europe and New York City before coming to Seattle in 2014 to accept the Artist-In-Residence role at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. In October 2014, she accepted her current position of Educator at The Frye Art Museum, managing adult programs and adult education. Negarra is in charge of the mastercopy painting program at the Frye.
Julie Mackoff is a Seattle native, graduate of Garfield High School, The University of Washington and University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). She absorbed her parents’ appreciation of art from an early age and particularly loves figurative paintings and drawings as well as landscapes. Before entering law school, she studied drawing and painting at an atelier in France. She started her law career 38 years ago with a Seattle firm, then moved to San Francisco to work at a “boutique” labor law firm, then joined Transamerica Life Insurance Company as an employment attorney. She lives on a farm in picturesque Snohomish. Julie recently retired from law and looks now forward to resuming her art studies.

Members, remember to regularly update your websites!
The individual websites of our members is part of PSG’s public image. Members, please update your website with images of your latest work! You are part of our networking and public image.  Prospective members often look at the websites of current PSG members in deciding whether to join PSG. 

Treasurer Gary Gumble is testing various software that would allow PSG to accept monthly installment payments for dues. We are hoping to add this feature as soon as possible, to make membership more accessible to artists.

Board Oversight
The board has a legal duty to oversee and periodically review the progress of its committees. The board has just completed a lengthy review of the Membership Committee and received great suggestions from the jury panel as to how PSG can improve its membership application process. Details will be published in next month’s newsletter.

The board will also review the Financial Committee, to ensure PSG is following best accounting practices regarding its bank accounts. PSG will soon be losing Treasurer Gary Gumble to world travel, so we are looking for someone to fill his role. If you know of anyone with a knowledge of accounting practices and a desire to help the arts (need not be an artist) please let me know. We are in discussions with EAFA about the possibility of jointly hiring a bookkeeper to manage our accounting needs, but we will still need a Treasurer. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 23!

Patricia Halsell
PSG President 2016

Upcoming Events

Graphic Masters: Durer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso, R. Crumb exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.
Seattle, WA
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Gage Summer Pop-Up
4 PM to 8 PM 

Seattle, WA
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JULY 23 
Annual PSG Summer Picnic!
1 PM to 7 PM 

Seattle, WA
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August  4
Out of Sight
Seattle, WA
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Seattle Art Fair
Seattle, WA
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Program Highlights


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

Invitations have been mailed out to all Members. Didn't see your invitation? Request one here.

Let's kick off a wonderful Summer 2016 celebrating PSG membership together!
We look forward to seeing you there!

July 23, 2016
1 PM to 7 PM

Seattle, WA
Call for Entry!

A general call is now live for the Museum Store opportunity at the Museum of Northwest Art, located in the heart of La Conner.

Visit to enter. Deadline for entry is June 30, 2016.

La Conner, WA

Local Events

Gage Summer Pop-Ups are in effect!

Gage Academy of Art is excited to announce another season of Summer Art Pop-Ups, a collection of FREE pop-up, interactive drawing jams taking place in locations throughout Seattle in partnership with local organizations. Gage Summer Pop-Ups is a summer spin-off of the annual Drawing Jam, held each December, where Gage opens its studios to the public to experience the special thrill of drawing from the live model.
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The Conservatory Drawing Sessions

Join The Conservatory in Seattle for a  Friday night Drink & Draw Session!  

Every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

Model is 'to be announced', will be joining us in costume from 8pm to 10pm as a figure model.

No cover charge but partaking in food and beverages would be much appreciated. 
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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/PSG member

Member News

Steve Hu

PSG member Steve Hu's painting "Chasing the Wind" has been awarded "Honorable Mention" at the EAFA 2016 Juried Open Show, same painting also won an award in the 21st Maritime Exhibition at Coos Art Museum, Oregon in 2014.

In addition, "Purity" another painting by Steve Hu won the "People's Choice" award at the EAFA juried show presently showing at the Mercer Island Community Center Gallery. June 6 through July 22, 2016.

Paul Daneker

Alongside a solid contingent of PSG senior members such as Austin Dwyer, Harold Johnson, Frank Gaffney and Charles Fawcett, PSG Signature Artist Paul Daneker has again been juried into the prestigious American Society of Marine Art affiliated Coos Maritime Art Exhibition, held at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, OR from July - September 2016.  

The piece to be featured is Paul's stunning pre-christening portrait of Washington State's then newest super ferry, the Samish.  Paul prepared the studies for the final painting standing alone on the Anacortes beach adjoining the deserted vessel, and in anticipation of soon to arrive crew and laborers; empty of all visible activity save reflection of the May 2015 sunrise over Mt. Baker, WA and Bellingham Bay.
The painting is oil on linen, and measures 18x24 inches, unframed.

Paul was recently honored with an honorable mention conferred at the Fred Oldfield Invitation Art Exhibition.  His honored piece was the portrait of a member of one of the U.S. First Nations, and proud veteran of the United States military.  Simply referred to as Indian Lloyd, his wise and determined features bespeak of his real identity as one of the proud and contemporary people of the Lakota nation.
The oil on linen panel is 14x11 inches.

Finally, Paul and a fellow Pacific Northwest artist, Ken Hurley of Raymond, will soon head to sunbaked grassy hills of the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana where they will begin studies for a series of historic images focusing not so much on the events of June 26, 1876, but rather to focus on the special role that place served in the lives of those who knew the area as "Greasy Grass."

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney will have nine paintings in four juried exhibitions. Most are marine art but had three of his figurative paintings accepted into The Kenmore Art Show.

Frank's painting for this years Coast Guard Art Program will be on exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, New York and will run from July 2 through July 15 before moving on to other venues.This Frank's eight painting accepted into this program. His painting depicts the Members of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team, based in Chesapeake, Va., lower a Coast Guard dog to the Cutter Frank Drew during vertical insertion training in the Chesapeake Bay, Oct. 3, 2014. Coast Guard members train to board a wide variety of vessels in preparation for any scenario.

“Dog’s Vertical Insertion Training“, 16” x 20” OIL by Frank Gaffney.


23rd Annual Maritime Art Exhibition
July 9 - September 24, 10am - 4pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson Ave.
Coos Bay, OR

“Overboard” 20”x 16” Oil by Frank Gaffney.


Edmonds Art Festival
June 17-19 • Fri.-Sat. 10-8 | Sun. 10-6
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main Street
Edmonds, Washington

“Waiting the Tide” 20”x 16” Oil by Frank Gaffney.

“Three Fishing Boats” 11”x 14” Oil by Frank Gaffney.

Kenmore Art Show
June 22, 5:30 - 8pm
June 23 - 25, 10am - 8pm
June 26, 10am- 7pm
Bastyr University
14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA

“Beauty in Colors” 14”x 11” Oil by Frank Gaffney.

“Red Slip” 14”x 11” Oil by Frank Gaffney.

Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio

Drawing & Painting the Draped Figure with a Russian Master
Illya Mirochnik

Date: July 5 - 8, 2016
Cost: $650, plus model fee
Skill Level: All levels

Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s with his family. From a young age Iliya pursued training in the arts in the Russian academic tradition. He studied in LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Art and in the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in New York under the tutelage of professors trained in the art academies of the former Soviet Union. Iliya studied in St. Petersburg, Russia in the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture from which he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting.  
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Plein Air Gouache
Mike Hernandez

Date: July 15 - 17, 2016
Cost: $450
Skill Level: All levels

Mike Hernandez is a production designer/art director/concept artist at Dreamworks Animation. His past projects include Spirit, Sinbad, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, Shrek 4, Puss In Boots, Turbo, and Penguins of Madagascar. Mike is also an avid plein air painter who, on his lunch hour, goes outside to paint whatever he can find, and in downtown Los Angeles, this can mean a park, an industrial scene, or the Los Angeles River.
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Composition & Painting with Brush and Palette Knife
David Cheifetz

Date: August 23 - 26, 2016
Cost: $600
Skill Level: All levels

During this 4-day workshop, we will work together on still life composition, brush painting, and knife painting. Any skill level in painting is fine, I enjoy adjusting my advice for each person’s level. However, more advanced students will find it easier to focus on the subtleties of composition. A solid drawing background is highly recommended

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Alla Prima Portrait Painting
Sean Cheetham

Date: September 9-12, 2016
Cost: $620, plus model fee
Skill Level: All levels

This workshop will focus  on learning to paint a portrait from life in oil. The Instructor will be going over composition, drawing, likeness, organizing your palette, color mixing, value, edges, and producing a completed portrait.
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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!

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


Congratulations, PSG Members!

On The Blog

Museum of Northwest Art Call for Entry
First place awarded to Michelle Friars for album cover art drawing
Museum of Northwest Art Store Opportunity
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

June 2016
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