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The Winter 2023 Valley Arts Group Exhibit

We hope everyone has enjoyed our Autumn 2022 Art Exhibition. The new Winter 2023 exhibition is now on display at the Sudden Valley Community Barn, Clubhouse (El Agave entrance), and the library. All art lovers are invited to join us for the opening reception on January 21 at the Community Barn from 2-4pm. See a preview of all the art included in the exhibits below.

If you are interested in joining the group, please visit the Become a Member page.

Featured Artist: Alice Healey (Community Barn)

I discovered my love for watercolor through Chinese brush painting classes while living in Singapore.

As a perpetual student, I have experimented with pastels, pen and ink, oils, acrylics, and silk painting, and always return to watercolor.  Since retiring from WWU as the Communication Sciences and Disorders  Academic Department Manager, I finally have time to paint.

I love the beauty of the northwest where I live.  The wildlife, Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsular and especially Sudden Valley (where I live in Bellingham) inspires me.  I tend to work in phases — from flowers to northwest scenes, eagles, deer, and squirrels Many of my trees are from the windswept Pacific Beach at Seabrook.

My recent work can be seen on the Valley Arts Group website at ValleyArtsGroup.org.  We display our newest work quarterly in Sudden Valley at the Creekside Barn, the Administration Building, and at the South Whatcom Library.

Featured Artist: Karen McCormick (Clubhouse-El Agave entrance)

  • Karen McCormick
  • Karen McCormick
  • Karen McCormick
  • Karen McCormick
  • Karen McCormick
  • Karen McCormick

I don’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t interested in the visual arts. I grew up in Seattle in the “infamous” Capitol Hill area, but spent most of my life in Louisiana. In 2016 my husband and I moved to Bellingham for retirement. We’ve made Sudden Valley our home since 2017.

My style of art is based on the Old Master’s method of using tinted canvases and the layering of glazes. I enjoy painting landscapes primarily. There are so many beautiful sights here in the Northwest, that finding inspiration is never ending. I also enjoy painting animals/birds.

“From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam….” is a familiar song. The Great Northwest is blessed with all of these amazing sights. Subjects for landscape paintings abound. It is my hope that these paintings remind you of places you may have visited or like to visit.

The Artists of the Winter 2022 Exhibit