Sumi Ink and Watercolor Workshop With Sheila Sondik


Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Crinkled Mesa

Watercolor and Ink Painting on Crinkled Masa
An Artist’s Two-Day Workshop at Egress Studio

About the Workshop:
This workshop will explore the crinkled masa paper painting technique.

This enjoyable class combines Asian and Western painting techniques, and uses Japanese sumi ink and watercolor on Japanese paper. Each person will learn the techniques for crinkling the masa paper, which will produce intriguing textures, introduce the element of chance, and is very fun, as well. By the end of the workshop, everyone will go home with at least one finished artwork, and the knowledge to make more.
The instructor, Sheila Sondik, has explored this method of working for many years. See beautiful examples of her experience with the medium on her website at

About the Artist:

The workshop instructor at the helm of her studio.

Sheila Sondik is a prolific artist whose works have been exhibited in many states and in South Korea and Japan. She has taught individuals and groups in Berkeley, California, and in her Bellingham printmaking studio. Sheila is currently working on a series of prints inspired by Chuckanut sandstone. For more information, visit her website at

How to Register:
Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22, from 1 to 5 both days.
Instructor: Sheila Sondik
Location: Egress Studio, 5581 Noon Road, Bellingham
Registration: $100 for two days
Materials list will be distributed to registrants. Most materials will be provided, and are included in the registration fee.
Workshop is limited to eight participants.
To register, please make check payable to “Sheila Sondik,” and mail to:
Sheila Sondik, 1809 Summit St., Bellingham, WA 98229.
Questions? Ask Sheila at (360) 306-8284 or

Homage to Fish & Chips with Beer


Membership Art Show at Allied Arts Gallery during March.

Homage to Fish & Chips with Beer

Here’s a watercolor and gouache painting of mine titled “Homage to Fish & Chips with Beer,” which is inspired by Morris Graves’ painting titled “Minnow,” one of his best-known works. The fish in my painting is a hardly a minnow, and makes me hungry. Last summer there was a celebration in Seattle of Morris Graves’ life (who died in 2001). Graves was known as one of the Mystic Painters of the Northwest. The red snapper in my painting is currently showing at Allied Arts Gallery in downtown Bellingham as part of the membership exhibition. This show is fun to walk around and see what everyone has been up to. You’ll probably find your favorite artists there. Check out the fish painting by George Jartos while you’re there.

Minnow by Morris Graves

Posted by Anita K. Boyle

Loomis Hall Gallery poetry reading

Art, Events, Poetry, Writing Creatively

DATE/TIME: Friday, 02/11/2011 @ 7 PM
Loomis Hall Gallery, 288 Martin Street near the waterfront in downtown Blaine

Poetry reading at Loomis Gallery

For an evening full of art and literature, step up to the Loomis Hall Gallery. Poets James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle will read new poems, old poems, some from books, some not, and they’ll throw in a variety of collaborative poems, too. Plus, Anita will share poems from her brand new published volume, What the Alder Told Me. For this reading, they might even bring in a few of the great poets’ poems about music. Why music? There’s a jazz art show up in the gallery, which includes about a dozen of Anita’s watercolor/ink/gouache portraits of jazz musicians. When is the last time you were at a poetry reading with John Coltrane looking down at you from his place on the wall-stage? They’ll read for fifteen or twenty minutes each, which will give you a chance to take a look around afterward at the artwork by Anita and six other outstanding visual artists.