Whidbey Allied Artists welcomes four new talented artists into our group! Marjie Bachert adds a new twist on typical paintings with her fiber art. She says, "I like to combine fabric collage with hand and free machine embroidery and have used this technique for several of my compositions. I am also combining patchwork and quilting with embroidery. Referencing my Arizona origins I have done a whole series of art pieces based on the Sonoran desert. The theme for my diploma was trees and so I also have a whole series based on trees mainly the ones in my yard. My work has been published in Quilting Arts Magazine and displayed at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum and the Schack Art Museum in Everett, WA."
Sylvia Edwards has been impressing the Dottie Sanders' Monday art group at the Oak Harbor Senior Center for several months with her amazing acrylic paintings. She tells us that her " foundational art training was received during her high school years from her art instructor William Lybergger, who encouraged non-petroleum and non-solvent artwork and original works. Deciding to pursue art in higher education she enrolled into Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO in 1979. Her studies included various training focusing on oil painting and 3 dimensional sculptures in clay and wood. In 1983 she received a BS in Fine Art." She also served 20 years in the US Navy before coming to us.
Mary MacGowan, contemporary shell artist, was a 2014 member of WAA and then took a year off. You may remember her amazing mussel shell installations at one of our shows back then. She says she wants to join us again, this time creating smaller pieces that will hopefully be more salable and MUCH easier to haul around to shows!
Stephanie Schuemann is known by many local artists as a favorite teacher of drawing and portraits. Her talents and mixed-media interest range from oil paintings to graphite drawings. Her painting of the English Shire was recently displayed, among several others, at the Coupeville library.