Palette Talk: July 2014
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Palette Talk

July 2014


President's Letter

We are more than halfway through the year and the Springboard process. There is an excitement generated by the newer venues for the meeting, along with the outstanding programs that accompany these informative and socially lively evenings. We are signing a contract with the Ostara group which will offer us professional experience in grant research and applications. The new website is up and running and plans for an online gallery exhibition are forming, increasing our capacity for marketing our members. New venues for exhibitions are being investigated throughout a wider geographical area in the county, including the possibility of partnering with MOHAI for our 90th Anniversary in 2018. There is much that needs to be done to increase member participating in these committees and activities. Please share the pleasure of working with our artist peers toward the growth of the vital arts organization.

Phillip Levine
PSG Board President

Current & Upcoming Events

JUNE 22 - JULY 30
Ray Gerring: Statements of Abstraction
Wikstrom Gallery
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AUGUST 1, 2, 3
Ned Mueller "The Art of Seeing" Plein Air Workshop
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Summer Paintout III
Snoqualmie Falls 
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AUGUST 16, 17
Still Life Still Life: Painting in Monochrome/Grisaille Workshop
Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
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AUGUST 23, 1 - 5 PM
Life Member Potluck
Live music, PSG member artwork on display, door prizes, refreshments, history books and member interviews conducted in the Stag Room downstairs.
2715 W. Lynn Pl. Seattle
RSVP: Brom, 206-285-2730 or Anne, 206-683-7844

Golucho: Beyond Skill Workshop
Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
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SEPTEMBER 17, 5 - 9 PM
General Meeting and Artist Salon
Bellevue Brewery

General Meeting and Artist Salon
Venue TBD

Members News and Awards

Kathy Troyer, Leon White and Frank Gaffney participated in the 16th Annual Kenmore Art Show. 

Kathy was the juror for the Miniatures category and had three paintings in the Jurors' section of the Painting exhibition. Leon received First Place for his sculpture, Lovers. Frank had two paintings in the show, one titled Shenandoah and his second, Glacier Bay, received Honorable Mention. 
Frank Gaffney had three paintings juried into the Edmonds Art Festival and has three in the Kirsten Gallery Invitational 30th Northwest Marine Art Exhibition. Frank's work will be on view in the American Society of Marine Artists 16th National Exhibition and the Coast Guard Art Program of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. The Navy Memorial in Washington, DC will also exhibit two of Franks paintings from the Coast Guard Art Collection.
Five of six awards went to PSG Members in this year's Coos Art Museum 21st Annual Maritime Art Exhibition. Participating Members: Paul Daneker, Austin Dwyer, Frank Gaffney, Stephen Hu, Harold Johnson, Jim Matthew, Jon Pokela and Fred Thomas

PSG Award recipients were Paul Daneker, Austin Dwyer, and Stephen Hu; with Harold Johnson receiving the top two awards for his painting Boats in the Beck (image above). Frank Gaffney was one of the three jurors for this years exhibition. 
Charles Fawcett was invited to design and paint the poster for the Center for Wooden Boats 38th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. The poster will be distributed widely, with the image printed on T-shirts and overlaid by various sponsors including 4Culture.
New Signature Member Ned Block is pleased to announce his upcoming show at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon. The exhibition runs from July 18 through August 29.
Gary GriswoldSteve Hu and Jerry Stitt, along with fellow artist Tony Turpin, were presented by Kirsten Gallery in an exhibition, Fine Art For All Of Us, in Seattle from June 8 through July 6.
Joe Mac Kechnie received the top award at this year's Edmonds Art Festival: First Prize in the Painting category for Atonement (image above).
Opportunity! A Seattle resident is looking to hire an artist to complete a still life painting of a tree during the cocktail hour of her wedding near Mt. Rainer on August 31. Please email for further information.

Recent Blog Posts

Ned Mueller Painting Classes
We Have a New Logo!
New Member Welcome: Ned Block
New Member Welcome: John Tubbs
New Member Welcome: Sam Collett
Austin Dwyer: Memories of the Burnley School
Seattle Art Museum: Modernism in the Pacific Northwest
Springboard 501 Update

Committees On The Move

Exhibition Committee
Members met with Martha Aldridge at MOHAI regarding an exhibition partnership in 2018 for our 90th Anniversary in their large southern community gallery. The proposal is to celebrate our past and current works with a historical overview of the association’s ties to art schools that have become institutions and emerging industries in the region. Understanding how it all began and relationships developed that were instrumental to the success of many artists and museums will be celebrated. Sharing the collective and individual stories of our past enriches our entire community. The target audience ranges from young to older generations in the region. Anyone interested in the humble beginnings of arts in Seattle to Alaska would be delighted by the culturally rich heritage the association’s collection reflects.  

Membership Committee

We were extremely fortunate to have received a generous donation from a longtime supporter, Larry Hebner. He is related to one of our very early members, Leon Derbyshire, who was born in 1896 and a well-known artist in Seattle with work owned by the Frye Art Museum. Larry was also a professor in the art department at the University of Washington and has been a patron of PSG at past auctions. We are grateful for his continued support of our organization.

Marketing Committee
Thank you to Michael Courtney Designs for his team's outstanding work on behalf of the PSG! The value he brings to the association creating a thoughtful new logo and collateral materials for print and web were unanimously approved at our last general meeting. Our project will be celebrated on his blog. Michael also shared a list of developers where our work should exhibit. We are grateful for his generous support of the Group. Thank you member Linda Hoyt for making it all happen.

This summer, PSG has the added benefit of support from our new student intern, Sadie Sullivan. Sadie is an art student from Western Washington University and is sharing her social media skills as well as developing a plan for outreach for our student membership category. Sadie is our first student member to the association. Thank you and congratulations Sadie!

Financial Committee 
Members met with 4 Culture Executive Director Jim Kelley to strategize a plan for specific grant funding this fall. The PSG will be applying for the Heritage 2 year operations grant to fund staffing and projects of the association. The committees goals and objectives are ambitious and having the support of staff and funding will ensure their successful outcome. Discussed as well was finding a new home for the Group with the sale of SDC.

The Financial Committee has also retained the Ostara Group to create a comprehensive plan for funding for the next 5 years. Ariel Glassman and Mea Geizhals will be researching alternative sources for funding and providing assistance with grant applications.

Committee Chairs and Members: Do you have a recent win or accomplishment that you would like to share in our newsletter and blog? Email

Meeting Minutes

June Board Meeting
June Membership Meeting

Welcome To Our New Signature Members!

Ned Block

PSG Artist Profile

John Tubbs

PSG Artist Profile

Sam Collett

PSG Artist Profile
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