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  • May Lettter

    I’m very excited about the trip to Walla Walla June 6-10. I’ve never been there and I love to explore new territory. Coincidentally the Northwest Pastel Society was planning a paint-out there the same weekend, so we thought it would be fun to join forces. Our local PAWA member, and Pastel Society President, Bonnie Griffith, has been a great resource for area information. We will have designated places to meet each morning. Artists are free to paint with the group or strike out on their own. Wenaha Gallery in Dayton will take framed paintings from each day’s work and host a reception for us Saturday evening. Please make sure you let me know if you’re going to come so that I can get you further details as they become available. Lodging is on your own. I’m going to be camping at Lewis and Clark Trail State Park Wednesday evening through Saturday evening and would be happy to have some neighbors.

    Ten days later, we’ll head off to Winthrop for more Eastern Washington sunshine. We started planning the Methow paint-out for June because there was a possibility of doing a show in Twisp. That didn’t materialize, but anyone who would like to set up an easel in the town during their art walk on Saturday is welcome to. More than anything we wanted to try this favorite location when the weather was sure to be warmer and drier than our usual October visits. The Winthrop trip is always a favorite because of the camaraderie we share when we stay together. This year we have booked the Farmhouse Inn in Winthrop. However, they will only hold our reservation if we have a minimum of eight participants who pay by May 22. If you can come, please send your payment to Jane Wallis (details on the website) without delay.

    Looking ahead to July, we’ve added a paint-out in Gig Harbor the weekend of July 13 and 14. We wanted to have a location that would be an easy day trip for the Seattle area. Details for this will be posted when available.

    This year’s San Juan Preservation Trust Art Show will be on Shaw Island. The registration form is attached to this email and will be posted on the website shortly. It will be much like previous years with Crow Valley Pottery assisting with the auction and exhibition. One new feature is that Crow Valley Pottery will photograph each piece as it’s submitted to create an online gallery on their website. This will extend the reach of the exhibition. Another important detail for this show is that there is no lodging on Shaw Island. Artists will need to make arrangements to stay on other islands. I’ve heard several mention staying on Lopez. Sharing accommodations with friends is always encouraged and if there are a lot of us on Lopez we can likely get together for some painting and or dinners.

    As always, if you have questions or comments, please let me know. What a glorious weekend we have coming up to paint Deception Pass. I hope to see many of you there on Friday.

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