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Museum of Northwest Art - Museum Store Call for Entry!


  Bascule Bridge by W.G. Hook 2016

Bascule Bridge by W.G. Hook 2016


Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists (PSG) members at any level, Signature, Artist or Student, who are fully paid current members of the organization.


The MoNA Museum Store is located in the heart of La Conner. They average over a thousand visitors a month. Museum holdings include works by several of our current PSG artists as well as by legacy members. 




  1. Carefully read the Prospectus details sent via email
  2. 2016 dues must be paid to participate
  3. Fill out and submit the Entry Form posted in the Member Center of the PSG website.
  4. Email up to five hi-resolution (minimum 1920px on the longest side, 72ppi) JPEGs of each artwork to
  5. Submit the $20 Entry Fee through PayPal
  6. Questions? Email:

First Place awarded to Michelle Friars for Album Cover Art Drawing


PSG member, Michelle Friars, recently completed a commission for album cover art for a release by Mackned, a Seattle artist named by as one of the most promising rappers of 2016.

Her large scale portrait appears on the cover of Mackned’s release Celebrity Etiquette. The album art has also been published in music magazine Noisey, featured in ArtAscent magazine, and appears locally and internationally in numerous music ‘zines and blogs. Michelle has also amassed quite a collection of photos of hip-hop and rap fans wearing t-shirts bearing her design.

The work was awarded First Place for Drawing at Edmonds Art Festival where it, along with another of Michelle’s portraits, is showing from June 17th-19th.

Museum of Northwest Art - Store Opportunity


 Bascule Bridge by W.G. Hook 2016

Bascule Bridge by W.G. Hook 2016

Exhibitions Report

Museum of Northwest Art - Museum Store Opportunity
PSG has been invited by the Museum of Northwest Art to become regular providers of art for their Museum Store. PSG President Pat Halsell and Exhibitions Chair Michelle Friars traveled to La Conner to see the space in person. We are excited by what we learned.

The Store has space for up to twenty smaller works. It is located in the heart of La Conner where they average over 1000 visitors a month, regularly selling work in the $400-700 range with a few pieces for up to $1000. Their holdings include a number of our legacy artists and there is excitement on both sides at continuing the relationship.

PSG will provide four to five pieces of artwork from each of four to five artists on a quarterly rotating basis. MoNA’s immediate deadline didn’t allow time for a membership-wide open call, so a quick initial show was put together featuring the work of four member artists, W.G. Hook, Christine Sharp, Beth Betker and Joy Hagen.  The Museum was delighted with what we provided and is looking forward to future shows.

Watch for a general call soon to establish a pool of work to cover the next four quarters. If you’d like to plan ahead, we’ll be looking for framed 2D work, originals only, no larger than about 18” on the longest side. Works should be priced from $200-800 with no more than one exceeding that range. MoNA takes a 50% commission which should be taken into account in pricing. We need a range of work at multiple price points. We understand that this may be low for some established artists, however they may consider submitting high quality studies. To be considered, your work will need to be photographed and ready to submit via email in jpg format. More details to come next month about this exciting opportunity.

Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Proposal
In March, PSG submitted a proposal for an exhibition of member work in 2017 in the WSCC. We felt it was a strong proposal, unfortunately it was not accepted. No reasons were given beyond “so many strong proposals submitted. . .tough decision.” We’ll attempt to find out more to improve our chances next time.

Volunteers Needed
Contact Michelle at if you can help locate venues, organize shows or help with calls.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park show features PSG Artists

Sadie Sullivan

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park presents a selection of paintings and sculptures by the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists. 

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

Show Opening: March 12th 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meet the 22 Artists at the Party and Potluck

Show runs from March 12th through April 10th, 2016
Participating Artists: Brandy Agun, Beth Van Faasen Betker, Mary Beneventi, Ned Block, Austin Dwyer, Mark Eaton, Charles Fawcett, Joy Hagen, Linda Hoyt, Hyosoon Jung, Cary Jurriaans, Phil Levine, Darlene Lucas, Joe Mac Kechnie, Ned Mueller, Paul Newman, Jon Pokela, Christine Sharp, Lolly Shera, Kathy Troyer, Irena Jablonski, Ann Vandevelde, John Ringen and John Ebner.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way, Camano Is., WA 98282

Every weekend 11 AM to 5 PM
Weekdays are by appointment. Contact at 360-387-2759.

Visit for directions.
Located 1 hour north of Seattle.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery PSG Members Call For Entry!



Wonderful opportunity to submit artwork for a PSG Northwest Artists show at the Matzke Fine Art Gallery!  

The Matzke Gallery has been voted in the top 5 statewide galleries in King 5 Best of the Northwest for both 2014 and 2015.

Call for submissions closes on Saturday, February 6th. Feel free to review the submission details below and direct any questions to




Entry form is online at: 

  1. PSG members are eligible to submit up to five works of art for consideration. 
  2. Artwork must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on February 6, 2016. The Matzke Fine Art Gallery is selecting works for the show.
  3. 2D Works: cohesive artwork, framed similarly, white or off white matte only. Including matte and frame, outside dimension should be no larger than 8 feet x 8 feet.
  4. 3D Works: with a stand or base, works should be no larger than 8 feet in height.
  5. $50 fee to participate. Includes promotional materials and mailing.
  6. Selected artwork is to be at the Gallery no later than February 27th or 28th, 11 am to 4 pm. Shipping and transportation of art is the responsibility of the artist. Carpooling is available.
  7. Opening party is March 12th, 5-9 pm.  Potluck and BYOB party.
  8. Gallery show runs from March 12th - April 10th
  9. Art pick up will be Sunday the 10th from 3-5 PM and/or Monday April 11th from 11-4.

Please direct any questions to

Matzke Fine Art Contact Information
Call: 360-387-2759
Address: 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, Wa.  

2015 President's Annual Report


President’s Report 2015

It has been a productive and fruitful year for the PSG.  My heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation for the dedicated volunteers who made our strategic plan a reality. Just one year into the plan with new Bylaws and AI reflecting our renewed mission and purpose, the PSG has become a more prominent figure in the non-profit art community.   

Organizationally, the 2014/2015 team centralized our entire association through Google business productivity suite for non-profits. We have developed Case For Support materials for future grants and applications, digital forms and templates for the newsletter, central membership jurying page through Google Drive, digital call to artists, Eventbrite invitations, electronic payment systems, New Member and Board Orientation packets, accounting of historic archives and life member videos, photographs in the cloud -historic and current, Patron profile database, and an Artist Salon/PSG audience list-serve to support all PSG activities for years to come.

We thank Seattle University MFA Leadership program and WWU Student Member, Sadie Sullivan for their outstanding work on our behalf, producing everything from target audience profile plans with nearly 1000 patrons, thank you Cynthia Baiz, managing social media exchanges, from personal phone calls to members for upcoming events, managing 24 hour GIVEBIG campaign with Seattle Foundation and supporting curatorial/marketing tasks for exhibitions.  We managed to pull of 3 exhibitions this last fall with the dedicated support of skill-based interns, volunteers and part-time staff. Bravo team!

Word is getting out and now we are being approached! Expanding our Scholarship program statewide and the General Meeting/Artist Salon series has expanded our visibility and viability within the larger community.  

Collaborations we celebrate 2015/16:

  • Seattle Foundation GIVEBIG campaign
  • Gage and Eastside Artist Collaborative, sponsoring Natural Pigments Paints Best Practices workshop here in Seattle/Bellevue
  • Eastside Learning Hub and GLY Construction
  • Seattle University MFA Leadership program
  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts
  • Junior League, Seattle
  • The Rainier Club
  • Inglewood Country Club
  • Matzke Gallery, Camano Island
  • Essentia, Belltown
  • 4 Culture, 2 year Sustained Operations Grant

More PSG 2015 Wins

  • Artists Salon Series Guests included Frank Ching, Norman Lundin, David Martin, Margaret Minnick, Linda Hodges, David Gray and others

  • Completed the Digital Archives Project, identifying and categorizing archives for digital copy for future exhibition and storage.  

  • Legacy Video Project applauds 14 member narratives recorded by Board Special Advisor, Randal Southam  & Phil Levine

  • Expanded our scholarship outreach to the artist schools across entire state

  • SU & WWU Interns supported strategic initiatives of PSG throughout the year

  • One of our past interns returns, joining our board to represent Education/Grants

  • Ostarra has invited us to join their free monthly Friday non-profit fund raising training/consult

  • Commons 501 offering directly available resources and counsel

  • Terry Family agreement with PSG for gift of family artworks

  • PSG website has recorded 9000 hits monthly, our average 55% versus industry standard of 29%

Looking ahead in 2016

  • David Martin has agreed to write our new PSG book 90th celebration

  • Arete Partnership and proposal with EAFA, NWWS – 450 Central Way, Kirkland

  • Scholarship Teamwork, January 10

  • Junior League collaborative Patron events this Spring and Summer

  • Matzke Gallery exhibition March/April

  • 4 Artist Salon/General Meetings building community and outreach

    • Tenaya Sims in April

  • Annual Picnic and Patron Fundraising events

  • Member Roster and Digital Member map to go out with members renewal in January

  • PSG Divestiture program – proceeds to be used for scholarship and operations

  • Continued collaboration and support with interns from SU-MFA Leadership in the Arts, UW Arts & Sciences, WWU Arts Programs, Arts Institute and Lake Washington Technical

We’ve only just begun!  With the strength of the new skill-based leadership team, the PSG’s standing in the community will only continue to grow.  For it to thrive, we need your participation and input to maintain motion.  

If each of you here today recruited just one new member to the association, your active involvement secures our place in the region’s future. Survival happens only with renewal and innovation.  We are counting on you to preserve this historic treasure for future generations. Members are the lifeblood of this association!

If you have any questions, please ask tonite or contact us by email on the PSG website/contacts page.

Have a blessed and beautiful holiday season,

Katherine Troyer


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...


Following is a recent memory from PSG Signature Member Austin Dwyer:

"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling...."

Mig and I recently had the pleasure of receiving an invitation to have tea and coffee with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his beautiful wife Sabina. He has a passionate political voice; a poet and writer who loves the visual arts. Michael has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland. When I mentioned my work on Shackleton and the Endurance, he was genuinely thrilled with the idea of having a place where he might purchase a painting. I was prepared and had already wrapped a set of signed Shackleton prints as a gift. 

We shared some humorous stories about ourselves. One of the photos shows us laughing at a story he told about himself. He is a very short man. You can tell by the photos because I am only five foot seven.

He mentioned a rugby game in Dublin where he delivered a speech before the game. The crowd chanted “would you cut the bloody grass so we can see the little fella.”

He thought that was typically Irish and roared into laughter. I was subdued as I thought it rude to express myself too boisterously.

Valerie Collymore Workshop at Frye Art Museum


Oil Painting: Learn the Science behind Art and French Impressionist Technique

Valerie Collymore
Sundays, January 24, 31, and February 7
10AM –4 PM

Frye Art Museum

Students learn how to achieve strong design, color harmony, brushwork and palette knife techniques, and much more. 

Steven Hill Award


News from Signature Member Steven Hill:


I have just been notified by Stephen Doherty, editor of Plein Air Magazine that a pastel I did last fall “Sol Duc Morning” has been awarded “Best Overall Pastel” in the October/November bimonthly Plein Air Salon competition. The  jurist was Jim Peterson, owner of Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, Oregon.

It was painted en plein air during the “Paint the Peninsula Invitational Juried Competition” held at Port Angeles Fine Art Center last September. The same painting won an honorable mention at that event, by jurist and noted plein air artist, Gil Dellinger and now resides in my permanent collection.

This painting is now a semi-final winner and will be considered for the cash awards which will be announced during the PleinAir Convention in Tucson, AZ in April 2016. It will also be printed in Plein Air Magazine Salon, February/March, 2016 issue.

Welcome our 2016 PSG Leadership Team!


We are excited to introduce to you the newly elected PSG leadership team for 2016!

Patricia Halsell 


Patricia is an Attorney, licensed in Washington State, but now works as a full-time artist. Her formal art training began in 2005 at Gage Academy, recently graduating from Aristides Atelier four year program in classical drawing and painting. Patricia developed the partnership with FRYE Museum where Aristides’ students paint master copies throughout daily visiting hours. She keeps busy with commissions, and recently participated in two juried shows: PSG’s Rainier Club show, and The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s exhibition at King Street Station in October 2015. 

Patricia brings organizational management and community partnerships to the table, hoping to find ways to sell our work throughout the region.

Julie Baroh           

Vice President

An MFA graduate from Cornish, Julie has worked as an illustrator, a fine artist, and a designer for over 20 years. These days, she focuses her time working on private commissions as well as curating shows with Krab Jab Studio. A member of the Georgetown Merchants Association, Founder of United Artists of Georgetown and Krab Jab Studios, Julie brings to us skills in project management, capacity building and curatorial, having curated shows around the region.

Christine Sharp       


Masters Degree and teacher from University of Washington. Worked as a Nurse/family therapist. Formerly a journalist she was recruited by CNN to open a NW desk for them,

She has also done videography and received a Peabody award at the NY Film festival for writing and producing a documentary called Backhauling on unsafe trucking practices that was picked up by 20/20 and MacNeil Lehrer News Hour.

Christine began painting as a second career under direction of Eric Weitgart and Ned Mueller. OPA & PSG member, she is the founder of the annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour

Her works are exclusively exhibited at Lisa Harris Gallery.

Christine is excited to join the board and work on recruiting new members. She hopes to build fellowship and community among our members and cohorts.  She is a true Renaissance woman and will contribute energy, ideas and inspiration to PSG and to bring artists and art enthusiasts together to have fun.

Gary Gumble       


Founder of, formerly a technical and commercial illustrator and member of NWPS & PSG, Gary has been working on behalf of PSG as treasurer since 2015.  His energy and enthusiasm, attention to detail and willingness to get the job done make him an excellent administrator of our financial well-being.

Beth Betker            


Began her education with a BA in Slavic languages and literature at the UW.

We discovered recently that at one point made her living as a Court Reporter which explains the excellent job she did at the last Board meeting taking minutes in Charles Fawcett’s absence.

Her first art interest was in Fiber art in the early 1970’s. and  For the last 25 years has been doing fine art in graphite, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oils and is a member of Seattle Co-Arts, Seattle League of Arts, Urban Sketchers Seattle, Women Painters of Washington, Oil Painters of America. Beth has been represented at a number of galleries in Seattle and Bellevue, includingArt Stall Gallery, Alki Works and Gallery North.  

Beth hopes to bring clarity, personal attention to detail/fellowship and inspired vision to the PSG.

Cynthia Baiz          

Education Special Advisor

Director Washington Lawyers for the Arts and participant in Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership program.  Cynthia worked for us as an intern in 2014/2015 and returns as a board member to help with grants and education partnerships and programs.

Marisa Erven        

Digital Communications Support

Graduate of Digipen in Production Animation, Marisa’s strengths are in design and art leadership. She wants to help us strengthen our digital platforms and online presence and help build capacity within the larger community.

Kristina Udall & Randal Southam        

Special Advisors

Estate Planning & Legal Special Advisor – Kristina is a long time patron of PSG having attended several of our auctions in the past. She helped us with the legal aspects of of the bylaws and articles, application as non-profit fundraising organization for WA state, continuing to support us with the divestiture project and other legal issues that surround nonprofits.

Randal Southam Creations, Marketing/Video Design – Randal is committed to the Legacy video project, videotaping narratives of Life members every month for a PBS documentary to coincide with our 90th celebration. A community leader for the Edmonds Rotary and owner of his own marketing and media team, his strengths lie in fundraising and capacity building.    

Congressional portraits and exhibition news from Michele Rushworth


Earlier this year in Washington D.C., PSG Signature Member Michele Rushworth unveiled her life-size official portrait of U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Doc Hastings. In attendance were former House Speaker John Boehner and many other congressional leaders. Congressman Hastings told Michele afterwards that many of his colleagues in the House felt it was the best congressional portrait they had ever seen. Congratulations Michele!

Michele also has two exhibitions: Northwest Waterways at (November 5 - 28, 2015) and The Modern Portrait at Portraits Incorporated in New York City.

Congratulations Michele!

Join Artist Trust in Redmond


ARTIST TRUST AT LARGE – Presentation & Artist Mixer

Friday, December 4, 2015

6:30 - 8:00 PM

VALA Art Center
Redmond, WA

Join Artist Trust for a free presentation on programs and services for artists of all disciplines, followed by a mixer for local artists!

In this free presentation, Artist Trust At Large speaker Lisa Myers Bulmash gives you the scoop on how Washington State artists of all disciplines can utilize Artist Trust’s essential resources, grants, career training and tips, exhibition, and performance opportunities. You’ll walk away with a clear idea of how to make that next (or first!) step in your arts career, a sense of available support from Artist Trust, and information on how and where to get your creative career questions answered.

 FREE; RSVP requested via email & on Facebook

Immediate Call for Nominations: PSG Board of Directors


PSG is now accepting nominations for the following open leadership positions on the Board of Directors: President, Vice President, Community Building, Secretary and Special Advisors.

New Board Members will serve for a minimum of a one-year term starting in January of 2016. Nominations may be made by individuals (self-nominations) or on behalf of another person.

The primary Board Member expectations include:

1.    Being a PSG member in good standing / or being an interested, non-artist from the community.

2.    Serving as a liaison, committee chair or co-chair and / or assisting in the organization of an event or program.

3.    Concentrating on the PSG’s objectives and actively working to achieve them within the framework with the highest professional and ethical standards.

4.    Make a commitment to attend at least 75% of all Board meetings and member functions. The Board currently meets on a monthly basis. 

Nominations are open until Friday, December 1, 2015, after which the Nominating Committee will propose a slate to the current Board of Directors for approval. Once endorsed, this slate will go to the general membership at our December 14th Annual meeting.

Consider becoming a candidate and also please encourage a fellow PSG or enthusiastic community members and patrons to become a candidate! Our volunteers strengthen, lead and support our organization; your help is needed to ensure the continued success of PSG.

Please submit your nomination by 5 PM on Friday, December 1, 2015, using the form below.

Questions? Contact

Nomination Form

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Nominee Name *
Nominee Name
Nominee Phone Number *
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Preferred Leadership Position *
Please let us know any specific details relevant to this nomination. To be considered for a Special Advisor, please specify the nominees area of expertise.

Ned Mueller Portrait Videos Discount Offer


A special offer from PSG Signature Member Ned Mueller!

Ned's latest Tucson Art Academy Online Videos on Portrait Drawing and Painting will be coming out on November 5th. The first series on Boat and Marine painting was a big success and continues to be so!

On November 5th, he is offering a 20% discount that will last for five days to those who sign up then or before.

Use the following link to read more information about how to sign up for one or all of the videos.

Northwest Waterways: Landscape Paintings by Michele Rushworth


"Northwest Waterways"

Landscape Paintings in Oils

Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle, WA
November 5 - 28, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 7th, 4 - 8 pm 

From PSG Signature Member Michele Rushworth:

Many of you know of me as a portrait artist, but the truth is, I've been painting landscapes longer than I've been painting portraits - more than 30 years. And in some ways, it's always been my first love when it comes to painting. 

I'm excited to invite you to join me on Saturday afternoon, November 7, from 4 to 8 pm for the opening reception of my first solo landscape show.

The exhibition, which will be held at Fountainhead Gallery in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, will run from Nov. 5 through 28. It will feature roughly 25 of my newest paintings, all inspired by living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  

I've named the show "Northwest Waterways." Many of the paintings were inspired by the things I see near our new home on Camano Island. I paint these images to capture the soaring, joyful feelings I have when I’m outdoors, to preserve the memories of those feelings for myself and have them at home with me, whenever I look at the paintings. More importantly, I paint because I want to share the joy that I experience with others.

Scroll down to see five of the paintings that will be on display. (Contact Fountainhead Gallery for purchase details. Click here for driving directions to the gallery.)  

I'll be at the opening reception on November 7 and hope to see you there!

News from Lance Dooley


Congratulations to PSG Signature Member Lance Dooley on his two upcoming exhibitions!

Show Title: ANIMALI
Dates: Jan 6 - Feb 16, 2016
Medium: Drawings & Oil Pantings
Subject Matter: Animals, Wildlife

This one man show in the lounge area of O'Grady's Pantry on the campus of the Sleeping Lady Resort just outside of Leavenworth, features a collection of Lance Dooley's wildlife work. 

Included will be; drawings of fossils at the Burke Museum in Seattle, drawings of displays from museums while Lance was living in Italy, drawings of fish at the Seattle Aquarium, and oil paintings with heavy brush strokes featuring raptors in highly gestured poses. 

ANIMALI = the Italian word for animals 

Sizes range from small to large format framed 2D works.

Also to note, on display and for sale will be the two original design drawings used for the bronze eagle in the permanent Veterans Memorial on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College.

All work framed with antique or vintage frames.

More Info

Sleeping Lady Resort
O'Grady's Pantry
7375 Icicle Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Show Title: Life Drawings by Lance Dooley
Dates: Nov 12 - Dec 14, 2015
Medium: Charcoal on Paper
Subject Matter: The Nude and Portraits

This one man show anthology of life drawings created by Lance Dooley will exhibit a wide range of figure drawings. 

Each drawing was created while observing a live model.

All work framed with antique or vintage frames.

More Info

Wenatchee Valley College Music & Art Center
1300 5th St
Wenatchee, WA 98801