La Conner Quilt and Testile Museum has a New Show!

S tory Quilts by Mary Lou Weidman will be on display starting April 2nd. The Curator will be giving tours with Ms Weidman on the opening day. The artist ill be present from 10AM-12Noon.

Also, there will be a beautiful collection of quilts for sale, to benefit the Capital Campaign to restore the Gaches Mansion, home of the museum. If you go to the museum, they are on display. You can also see them on-line at the museum website. 

Always in need of volunteers to help greet guests, work in the museum store, or help with special projects, please contact Stephanie Metzger at (360)299-2535 or Breta Malcolm at (#60)391-0441.

Happenings at the Museum of Northwest Art

T he Museum Of Northwest Art will celebrate the work of Artist James B. Thomson, Professor of art at Willamette University with a lecture by the artist on April 2nd at 2PM. His topic, related to his paintings of “The Vanishing Landscape. Thompson’s work is in the small gallery on the first floor, which is usually a glass gallery

The main floor gallery is all glass this time! Pilchuck School glass students in this group refer to their group as “Act 2” because most of them have had other unrelated careers and came to art glass later in their lives.

The work is varied and much of it has been inspired by the Pilchuck philosophy which encourages students to focus on experimentation and not on end results. In working with glass many techniques are possible and many techniques are represented by the work of these artists.

The second floor gallery is devoted to the work of Jay Steinsmae (1941-1994).

Members interested in Family Art Days have Session 1: Expand your horizons ith Watercolor on April 23; or Map out your personal Landscape on May21st. Reservations are required due to space. Call (360) 466-4446 ext 108.

Members interested in the Docent Program at the museum can sign up now for training on May 12 and 13th. For more information email or call (360) 466-4446, ext. 112.

Art on tap in La Conner

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

October 1-3 Quilt Fest 2010 will feature applique quilts, specialty vendors, and a silent auction in Maple Hall and the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. This year the annual event is being organized by the Applique Society. Look at the wet site for workshops, quilt walk and other events.

New exhibits open during Quilt Fest: “Double Take” with quillt artists Helen Remick and Janet Kurjan and “Constructed Inquiries” Tapestries” with Linda Rees and Carolyn Price Dyer.

Museum of Northwest Art

October 9- January 2, Thomas T. Wuksib paintings will be on exhibition in the main floor galleries. Portraits of Seattle’s cultural society are featured using collage, abstraction and multiple renderings to capture the likenesses of generations of members of several families. Large-scale landscape paintings will also be included. The museum’s permanent collection, on the second floor, will also be new for the opening reception on October 9, 2-5PM.

Upcoming Art Events in La Conner

The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in Historic Gaches Mansion has two new exhibitions! The work of Luar Schwarz Smith, “Imagery and Imagination”, is on view on the second floor galleries. It coincides with the release of her new book “Secrets of Digital Quilting – from Camera to Quilt”. The third floor galleries are filled with work from the Whidbey Island Surface Design Association. Much of the work is “expressed through basketry, weaving, wall art, 3-D are, quilting and wearables. These exhibits will be on until March 28, 2010. For additional information about the museum go to

The Museum of Northwest Art is showing a retrospective of the work of Whidbey Island artist Maxine Martell until March 3, 2010. Simultaneously, Nancy Callan is exhibiting her work in the Benaroya Glass Gallery. Family Ard Days will be January 23 and February 20th – pre-registration is required due to space limitations. For hours and contact information please go to the web site 

Paint Me A River – Art Meets History

M onths ago, a number of accomplished local artists were asked to submit pieces that reflected their personal interpretation of some facet of our local history. As a result, the Skagit County Historical Museum  is delighted to present this exhibit with over 75 original works rendered in paint, glass, bronze, neon, photography and multi-media, revealing the wide variety of interesting, amusing and surprising responses that our history can inspire. You are invited to enjoy this unique exhibit and perhaps share your own interpretation of the history of this beautiful place called Skagit.

Saturday, October 10th 4:00-7:00pm, celebrate with us! Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music with “Mr. Entertainment” Jack Hamilton, acoustic guitarist/vocalist, as you meet the artists and tour the show.

The Skagit County Historical Museum is located at 501 South 4th Street at the top of the hill in historic La Conner, WA. Call 360-466-3365 for more details or visit

Upcoming Events in La Conner

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

Washington State’s only quilt museum is located at 703 2nd Street in La Conner, Washington in the Historic Gaches Mansion.

September 30 marks the opening of Play With Your Food: The Delicious Quilts of Sandy Bonsib. What can be more appealing than quilts and desserts? Sandy Bonsib, author of nine books, creates both quilts and desserts based on the recipe and food colors which inspire the name. Delight in Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Truffles or Key Lime Pie; both the quilts and desserts can b3e found in Sandy’s newest books! While her quilts look complex, the quilts in the dessert series use simple blocks! A teacher by profession and a quilter by passion, Sandy holds a graduate degree in education. Be sure to stop in the Museum Store to pick up a  free recipe for Sandy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies! This show runs thru December 27, 2009. For more information contact the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum at 360-466-4288 or check out the website at

Museum Estate Sale 2009 at La Conner Civic Garden Club

B enefiting Museum of Northwest Art and La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum. Featuring quality antiques, collectives, art, quilts, dishes, interior furnishings, glassware, jewelry, rugs, silverware, vintage clothing and much more.  The La Conner Civic Garden Club is located at 622 South Second Street in La Conner, WA.  Private Pre-Sale Party: Friday, September 11th starts at 5:30, tickets are $25 each

Public Sale Hours: Saturday, September 12th 9am-4pm and Sunday, September 13th 10am-4pm

 For info, to donate items, buy Pre-Sale tickets, or volunteer, email: or call 360/466 4446, ext 109 or 360-466 4288

Upcoming La Conner Art Events

“Harvesting the Light” is reinstalled at the Skagit County Historical Museum. This very popular exhibit features photographs by award winning professionals working in Skagit County capturing the spirit of farming in this beautiful valley. On-line you will find the current hours and contact information and some really funny information about the wild turkeys that run the streets of La Conner. They are always stopping traffic.

The Museum of Northwest Art has two new exhibitions and several events planned. “Finds Refined”, on the main floor, will be the subject of a panel Discussion on Sunday, March 29th. Visit the Museum of Northwest Are web site for more information about related events.

May 3rd, world renowned sculptor, Phillip Levine, will talk about his work. Five decades of sketches and sculpture are on exhibition. He will also sign copies of his new book, “Phillip Levine: Myth, Memory & Image”.

MONA is currently accepting work for the 17th Annual Art Auction, to be held Saturday, June 20th. It is a great gala and an opportunity to acquire very special work by one of 300+ painters, printmakers, sculptors, glass artists, ceramic artists, jewelers, textile artists, and photographers and benefit the museum.

The La conner Quilt and Textile Museum will have an opening reception on Saturday, April 4, for two new exhibitions:

“Visions in Fibers” will have a lecture and tour by curator Sheila Groman on Sunday, April 5th, 1-3 PM. Her “bright, bold color combinatins anf fresh designs” will draw you to this eclectic work.

“Birdscapes” curator Karin Franzen will give a Lecture and Tour of her exhibit on Friday April 3rd, 1-3 PM. This Alaska resident is a full time studio fiber artist.

***Saturday March 21st, 1-2:30 PM, Anita Luvera Mayer will give a talk about her recent travels to Turkey. Her abliity to connect with the best of fiber artists
in far away places is exceptional and her willingness to “take others along” literally or by way of her journals, collections, and inspirations will make
this a very special afternoon.

Visit the museum web site, or to make reservations call (360) 466-4288.


Upcoming Native American Art Event in La Conner

O n January 24, 11Am-4PM,the Skagit County Historical Museum will hostCanoe Journey - Betty Pasco the annual “Gathering of Native American Artists”. Nine artists from seven Pacific Northwest tribal communities will participate in a Panel discussion at 2PM. Working artists will be beading, quilting, basket weaving, creating button robes, ceramic masks cedar bark and wool garments. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $4 adults/ $8 families/ $3 seniors & childres 6-12. Picture is of “Canoe Journey” by Betty Pasco.

La Conner events kicking off 2009

L a Conner is starting 2009 off with a special event at the Historical Society!

The current exhibition, from the Smithsonian Institute, is all about food and on Saturday, January 3rd at 2 PM, Joanne Austin will give an entertaining talk about the most popular New Year’s resolution- loosing weight.

Bring 2 cans of food for the Hamilton Food Bank and get in free!

The Museum of Northwest Art will have an opening reception for the new retrospective exhibition of paintings by Manfred Lindberg and glass sculpture by artist Kait Rhodes. The museum curator will give a talk about the work at 1PM. Refreshments will be served and it should be a festive event! Free to members or $5 at the door.

The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum has a new exhibition opening January 16th. It’s “Ralli Quilts”, Treasures from Pakistan and India, curated by Patricia Stoddard. She will speak during the reception from 1-3 PM. $10 fee for lecture and tour of the exhibit.

The 3rd floor exhibition, curated by Kathleen Kok, is “All Things Not Quilted”showing “how artists use textiles as both a xource for inspiration and as an avenue for interpretation”.