Katherine at Juntunen Gardens
Katherine participated in an event this past Friday evening at Juntunen Farm & Gardens in Mount Vernon billed as a garden party and fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Several groups helped organize the event including Skagit Artists Together of which Katherine is a member. Past President Thais Armstrong helped gather several artists from the group to come out and demonstrate their work in a beautiful garden setting that has been created by Rod and Mari Juntunen. There were also informational booths for SAT and the Museum of Northwest Art.
Painter Tom Pickett
Fiber artist Andi Shannon
Working artists included Andi Shannon, Tom Pickett, Karen Fishburn, Alfred Currier, Anne Schreivogl, and Katherine Lewis. SAT members John McClain, Kathy Huckleberry, and Rose Mary Tate staffed the group’s information booth. Of course, there was live music, beer and wine, and general merriment involved.
Katherine finishing a basket.
Katherine made a lovely oval fitched market basket during the event which Rod Juntunen’s sister purchased.
Katherine Lewis willow basket
Celebrate Skagit Art is an annual art show sponsored by Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland and coordinated by Skagit Artists Together. It is a great opportunity to appreciate the work of local artists who are inspired by the working landscapes of the Skagit Valley. Part of the art sales will benefit the group’s work to protect agricultural lands here. The show is generously hosted by the La Conner Seaside Gallery. The artists opening reception is Saturday, July 18 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Katherine is submitting the basket in the photo which she has named “Furrow”. This basket is a tray 38 inches long by 11 inches wide. It has a rectangular frame base with scallomed on stakes and double French randing for the weaving. It is woven with Skagit grown willow ,of course! Unlike most of the artists participating, Katherine is not only inspired by but has been directly involved with agriculture for 27 years, 15 of them in the Skagit Valley.
The show opens the same weekend as the annual Skagit Artists Together Studio Tour. Katherine and Dunbar Gardens will be on the tour again this year Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, 10am-6pm. More about this event closer to the dates.