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The images in Madonna Comix are based on poems in which the Madonna represents multiple experiences of being a woman. Curator and art historian, Prudence Roberts, writes, "When Dianne showed me her early versions of Madonna Comix last year, I was completely stunned by their beauty and intensity. I had never seen anything quite like them before. These images combine snippets of Little Lulu comics, lines from Celia Bland’s poems, and Dianne’s own negatives, freeform drawing and saturated washes of color. The prints are dark and irreverent, funny and sacred, and as full of mystery and miracle as the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus."Find out more
May is National Arts Education Month. To celebrate the work of our island youth, a month-long student art exhibit is held at the Orcas Center each year. This work features A-OK art from K-8 classes as well as incredible pieces from the High School students.Find out more
"Worn as ceremonial robes, Salish blankets are complex objects said to preexist in the supernatural realm and made manifest in the natural world through ancestral guidance. The blankets are protective garments that at times of great life changes—birth, marriage, death—offer emotional strength and mental focus. A blanket can help establish the owner’s standing in the community and demonstrate a weaver’s technical expertise and artistic vision. The object, the maker, the wearer, and the community are bound and transformed through the creation and use of the blanket." - From Salish Blankets: Robes of Protection and Transformation, Symbols of Wealth by Leslie H. Tepper, Janice George, Willard "Buddy" JosephFind out more
After graduating from the California Art Center College of Design, Leon Rosenblatt began working as an artist and illustrator. His paintings for Random House and The National Lampoon Magazine were honored by the National Society of Illustrators. Remnants, his latest series of paintings are large oil and acrylic canvases that evoke the past as viewed from our not so distant "future."Find out more
Thirty-two premier Orcas Island artists and craftspeople will welcome the public into their working studios for The Orcas Artists’ Studio Tour August 9th-11th.
A special Artists' Show will be held at Orcas Center from July 26 through September 3, with the opening celebration on July 26th at 5:30pm.
Orcas Island artist Marcia Spees is known for her exquisite watercolors depicting still lifes, florals, portraits, and island scenes.
Marcia's September Orcas Center exhibit - "Driven to Abstraction" - marks the public debut of this new level in her artistic evolution. She is excited to share her fresh perspective of "seeing shapes not things" and exploring the fundamental harmonies beneath the obvious.
During selective months, the Visual Arts Committee of Orcas Center hosts a Community Art Show where members of the community can view the wide array of talent we have on Orcas! In October, we will be having an artist reception on Friday, October 4th from 5:30-7pm. Join us in the Madrona Room as we gather to experience unique artistic talents, cultures, and perspectives.Find out more