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Visual Arts Committee Presents:

Featured Artist: Avi Shmueli

Community Show: Landscapes

Drop Off: Wednesday, February 28th from 10:15am-12pm
Art Opening Reception: Friday, March 1st from 5:30pm-7pm
Pick up: Wednesday, March 27th from 10:15pm – 12pm

Featured Artist: Avi Shmueli

After moving to Orcas with his wife, Andrea Reback, a few years ago, Avi Shmueli set out to acclimate to his new natural environment. It was green, remote, very quiet, and often dark and wet. He picked up painting to process the new scenery: The fir, tsuga, red alder and hawthorn trees, the moss, ferns, bracken, elderberry and ocean spray. Working mostly in abstract landscapes with oil on canvas, his work consists of outdoor scenes from the areas he covers on walks with his dog, Ranger.

While hesitant to call himself an “artist”, Avi has a distinctive style which he feels has congealed over the past few years through study and exploring different disciplines. Writing, printing, and drawing never ‘stuck’, but when he started oil painting, he felt his creativity and inspiration unfold.

Avi’s process involves taking many photographs – some stand on their own, but others, based on light, shade, and composition, are best suited to be translated on canvas. Avi credits his art class with Terry Johnson as giving him regular motivation to pursue his art:

“It’s the little things with in-person instruction that you can’t get from online classes – Watching someone hold a brush, looking at how they work, and having the positive encouragement from artists of all skills and experience levels. They have helped me to mature and grow immensely as an artist.”


Community Show: Landscapes

We are calling all Orcas artists to showcase your creativity and passion for landscape art!

Landscapes are the dynamic backdrop to our lives. They help define the self-image of the people within a specific region and give a sense of place that differentiates one area from another. Join us for this fantastic community show that explores the world around us.

Community shows are open to ALL island artists, beginning and experienced alike. It’s purpose it to showcase island art and celebrate the creativity of our neighbors! To exhibit in a community show, an artist needs to come on the Delivery Day (for this show, Feb 28th) from 10:15am – 12pm with their artwork ready for display. Join us for the reception on Friday, March 1st starting at 5:30pm to see the full show with featured artist, Avi Shmueli.

To learn more about exhibiting your art, please visit: www.OrcasCenter.org/VAC

This exhibit will be on display at Orcas Center March 1st – March 26th – Come see what your talented neighbors have created!