Sunday, November 14, 2010

Kari Tirrell Wins President's Award at the NPS Exhibit

I'm happy to report that my painting "Retired" won the President's Award (1st Place) in the Northwest Pastel Society's 24th International Open Exhibition!  

If you aren't local, but want to see the exhibit, go to the American Art Company's web site.  You'll see the show under "Current Exhibits."  The gallery did a great job hanging the show, so if you are able to see it in person, do try.  It is so much more impressive in person than online.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Northwest Pastel Society Exhibition

Several PAL members have had paintings accepted into the Northwest Pastel Society's 24th Annual International Open Exhibition.  The show is being held at the American Art Company in Tacoma, WA from November 13 through December 21, 2010.  The artists' reception is Saturday, November 13, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with the awards ceremony at 3:00 pm.

"Adelaide Near St. Peter's"
Mary McInnis

Please join us for the reception!

American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402

If you're not local and would like to see the show, please go to American Art Company's web site and look under "Exhibits."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kari Tirrell Pastel Demo

I'll be doing a pastel demo for the Rainier League of Arts on Tuesday, November 16, at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Pierce County Library Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA 98446.  All are welcome to attend.  Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hello Art Lovers!

I've been very busy so far this fall what with the Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, demonstrating at the Puyallup Fair Art Show in September and the last of the season Port Orchard ArtWalk in October. Thanks to all who came to those events. Coming up:

I have two pastel paintings (Lena Lake Trail Shadows and Market Conversation) in the Peninsula Art League's annual juried show at the Gig Harbor Civic Center. Lena Lake Trail Shadows won a Donor's Award!

I have three pastel paintings of barns at University House ERA Living in Issaquah WA. It's located at 22975 SE Black Nugget Rd, Issaquah WA, just up the road behind Home Depot and the show runs through March 6th 2011. There will be a reception on Saturday November 6th from 2pm to 4pm so come on by and say hi!

I will have 37 paintings hanging at the Peninsula College Gallery of Art in Port Angeles WA from November 2nd to December 3rd. If you find yourself up in that area, please drop by to see my "Eyes and Ears" series of small oil paintings along with several large forest oil paintings. The show is called "Intimate Faces/Intimate Places".

I will have a pastel painting, Adelaide Near St. Peter's, hanging in the Northwest Pastel Society's annual international juried show at the American Art Company in Tacoma WA running from November 13th to December 21st with our reception on November 13th from 1pm to 3pm. I hope you can make it to see all the incredible art that always makes up this show.

I also have an original pastel painting and two prints hanging at Bay Street Bistro, a new Italian restaurant on Bay St. in downtown Port Orchard. Check them out for an exquisite lunch or dinner.

And if you are in any of the following areas, be sure to check out my work at my usual venues:
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in Winslow on Bainbridge Island
Collective Visions Gallery on 4th and Pacific in Bremerton
Kimball Espresso and Gallery on Kimball in Gig Harbor
Modern Villa Gallery in Cannon Beach OR

If you cannot make it to any of the above venues, I would be happy to show you my work at my studio. Just give me a call at 360-620-4071.
Make art part of your life and have a stress-free Holiday Season!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Award Winners in PAL's Open Juried Exhibit

Here are the winning works in the Peninsula Art League's 8th Annual Open Juried Exhibition:

Best Of Show
George Milliken
Saddlin Up

1st Place
Kari Tirrell
Idle Moments

2nd Place
Patsy Suhr-O'Connell
Visit From the Past
Chinese Ink on Rice Paper

3rd Place
Charli Meacham
Barter, Sell or Trade

 Honorable Mention
LaDonna Kruger
Plein Air

 Honorable Mention
Linda Jacobus
Boat on Monterey Bay

PAL Board Award
Daphne Wynne Nixon
Hardboiled Lemon and Egg Squeezer

Donor Award
Michele Sleight
Fantasy Fish
Mixed Media

Donor Award
Robin Peterson
Flying Start

Donor Award
Mary McInnis
Lena Lake Trail Shadows
Pastel and Acrylic

The show runs until November 19 at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.  See it in person if you can!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Franke Toby Jones Show

Two of my paintings were juried into the Franke Toby Jones Show in Tacoma. In addition to being shown at the retirement center they will also be on display at the Tacoma Art Museum Nov 9th through the 18th. The reception at the Museum will be Nov 18 from 5 - 8. I'd love to see you there!
The Dress Up Ceremony

Cheap Thrills

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peninsula Art League's 8th Annual Open Juried Exhibition

The Peninsula Art League's 8th Annual Open Juried Exhibition is being held at the Gig Harbor Civic Center from October 20 to November 19, 2010.  The juror this year is Ron Ranson, an artist, teacher and author who recently relocated from England to the Pacific Northwest.

As I dropped off my paintings for the show today, I saw excellent works from Charles Salak, Mary McInnis, Nan Feagin, Donna Carver, Michele Sleight, Lynn Guenard, George Milliken, Anne Moore Knapp, Myrna Binion, and many other names I didn't recognize.  The quality of work was impressive, and I can only imagine the difficult job Ron Ranson will have in judging this show.

The artist reception is on October 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  If you're local, please join us for the reception.  This is a show you won't want to miss!

"Bright Finish"
by Myrna Binion

Gig Harbor Civic Center
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor, WA  98335

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

PAL on Facebook

Did you know that the Peninsula Art League is on Facebook?  Please join us there!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Last weekend I took several new paintings down to Modern Villa Gallery in Cannon Beach OR. They now have eight of my original oil paintings, so if you get down that way be sure to stop in to say hello to Molly or Louise. FYI, Cannon Beach will be hosting their annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival on November 5-7 so hop on down for a weekend of fun!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

Several PAL members are among the artists opening their studios this weekend for the Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour.  Grab a map at local galleries or online here.  This is a great opportunity to see the artists at work, learn about their process, and purchase original art!

The Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour is this Saturday & Sunday, September 18 & 19, 2010, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Don't miss it!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

If you get to the Puyallup Fair this year, be sure to check out the fabulous art at the Art Show in the Pavilion near the Gold Gate. I have five paintings there, four of which (I am embarrassed to say) won awards! The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 9 September from 6pm to 8pm. Also, on Thursday 23 September I will be demonstrating pastels at the Art Show. Stop by and say hi!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Fine Art Adventure by Dianne Gardner: Oil Painting slideshow by Dianne Gardner

Fine Art America ( is a terrific site for artists. You might want to take a look at what they offer!
The Fine Art Adventure by Dianne Gardner: Oil Painting slideshow by Dianne Gardner: "Below you will see some of my work that is featured and available at Fine Art America"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mary McInnis at the Port Orchard Artwalk

Hi Everybody! I will be at the Port Orchard Artwalk tomorrow, Friday August 20th, rain or shine (pray for shine!) I am located at Haute Salon right next to Mallory’s frame shop on Bay Street. If it’s icky out, I will be painting inside. If it’s nice, I will be out on the sidewalk. Also, directly across the street is a new restaurant called Bay Street Bistro. Check them out because they have some of my art work on their walls (and great food besides!) See you there!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Fine Art Adventure by Dianne Gardner: Member of Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

The Fine Art Adventure by Dianne Gardner: Member of Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour: "Gig Harbor Studio Tour
Dianne is a member of the Gig Harbor Studio Tour artists.

Dianne's studio in Olalla, WA
Every year s..."

Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour's First Reception

The lovely lobby of the Peninsula Retirement Community  was our gracious host for this season's kickoff for the Gig Harbor Studio Tour.

While beautiful samples of our artist's work hung in the lobby, the public was invited to a catered reception Saturday evening to learn about the studio tour coming soon in September. The tour hopes to make this an annual event.

The artists were quite lucky earlier this month to have their work showing for the Washington Chef's special event at the facility as well. We want to thank our special hostesses at the home for all the work they have been doing to help local artists. The facility will be having an art event in January again next year and is looking for artists to be a part of it.

The Fine Art Adventure by Dianne Gardner: Art Center workshop a success!

The Fine Art Adventure by Dianne Gardner: Art Center workshop a success!: "My recent workshop at the Rockwater Art Center this past weekend was a big success! I am measuring that analysis from the feedback I receiv..."

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hello everyone! Please go to and see my oil painting, Fallen Log, which was juried into their 2010 International Online Exhibition! This same painting also got Honorable Mention in the Oils category last year at the Western Washington State Fair.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Call to Artists

The deadline is rapidly approaching for Peninsula Art League's 8th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition!  The show will be held at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, and will be juried by Ron Ranson, an artist, teacher, and author who recently moved from England to Portland, OR.  Click here for the prospectus.  We hope to see your work at the exhibition!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fine Art by Dianne Gardner: Dianne's Blog

Fine Art by Dianne Gardner: Dianne's Blog

Pastel Society of America Exhibition

My painting "Sweet" was accepted into the 38th Annual Open Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Society of America.  My painting was one of 160 chosen out of 1269 entries.  It was my first time entering the competition and I am thrilled to have been among those accepted for the exhibition!

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PAL's Summer Show

PAL's summer show was held at Key Bank during the Art Festival.  I have pictures of the winners, but I have to apologize because they aren't good pictures.  Just know that the artwork was much better in person!

And the winners are...

Best of Show
"Still Life"
Charles Salak

First Place
"Water and Light"
Lynn Guenard

Second Place
"Low Tide at Sunset"
George Milliken

Third Place
"Wine Glass and Wood"
Steven Pearce

Honorable Mention
"Early Spring Near Hyak"
Mary McInnis

Honorable Mention
"Headin' Out"
Douglas Michie

Congratulations to the winners!

Two new pieces, both oil paintings – Curve in the Road, 16” x 40” and Pines of Nisqually, 48” x 24”. Hope you like them!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Here is the pastel painting I did during Gig Harbor’s Summer Arts Festival on July 18. It’s titled Midday in the Country.

Here is the pastel painting I did during Port Orchard Art Walk on Friday July 16. It’s titled "A River Runs Through It".

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gig Harbor Art Festival is Happening Now!

Today is the final day of the Gig Harbor Art Festival.  There are 148 artist booths plus a PAL tent, musicians, food, and more!  PAL artists will be painting all day, and the PAL members' show is on display inside key bank.  Come on down to Judson St. until 5:00 p.m. today to see what's happening!

Art Festival

PAL Tent

PAL Artists in Action

Friday, July 16, 2010

This evening, 16 July 2010 from 4pm to 7pm, is the Port Orchard Art Walk. You can find me at Haute Salon on Bay Street next door to Mallory’s Picture Framing. My hostess, Katrina, is the BEST!! She is very friendly and accommodating and loves to have people come in to see my work! I will have my easel up and will be doing a demo surrounded by my originals and prints.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kari Tirrell at the Kimball Gallery

My work will be at the Kimball Gallery until August 9th.  Please stop by to see it in person!

6950 Kimball Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

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Friday, July 9, 2010

I just got back from Cannon Beach OR after dropping off 7 of my "Forest" oil paintings at Modern Villa Gallery! I'm thrilled to be part of that beautiful and vibrant community! And it's a beautiful drive down.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

And here is the Farmer's house and store...

Plein Air painting

Had a day in the sun painting at Blue Willow Lavender Farm in Vaughn WA. Lots of artists came and the hosts were really wonderful and the fragrance!! I didn't paint the lavender but opted for the two charming little white houses on the property. This image is the Mother-In-Law's house.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pastels USA Exhibition

I had two paintings accepted into Pastels USA, the 24th annual international open exhibition for the Pastel Society of the West Coast.  The exhibit is being held at the Art Museum of Los Gatos from June 3 to July 9, 2010, and was juried by Richard McKinley.

My painting "Old Friend" received the Colorfin LCC award.

"Old Friend"
12" x 19.5"
Soft Pastel on Pastelmat

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

PAL Members' Spring Show

The PAL Members’ Spring Show is on display through May 30 at the Peninsula Retirement Center in Gig Harbor.  This show is a bit different in that no professional juror was hired.  PAL members themselves judged the show.  Although any member was allowed to enter, only those who attended Bill McEnroe’s art critiquing workshop were allowed to judge.  Here are the results:

First Place
Kari Tirrell

Second Place
Mary McInnis

Third Place
George Milliken

Honorable Mention
Arvid Anderson

Honorable Mention
Mike Corcoran

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Notes from the Noatak Show

The show is up through April; Kimball Gallery, 6950 Kimball Drive. Reception this Sunday, April 11th 3 to 5 pm ... I'll raffle off one of my new books about arctic Alaska. preview here Look forward to seeing you!