SDA WA Members Activities

JUNE 2021


While this past year of social isolation has been challenging, many of us have continued making art, often creating pieces that reflect a period that forced all of us to confront personal feelings and global issues in an unprecedented way.  Now, we are finally beginning to surface.Yet the pandemic represents only one interpretation of Surfacing.  The word has a range of meanings, from calls for social change to personal reflection to looking at ourselves and the world in an entirely different way.  And nowhere are we better able to express what Surfacing means to each of us than in our artwork.

Francesca Piñol (Spain) Gail Harker (USA

Elegibility: to be a member of SDA Washington State by the time of the deadline.

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2021.
The jurors will review all submissions. Each selected artist may have one image for the online gallery. Notifications will be sent October 15.

You may submit one or two pieces of work. You will need to submit one image per piece (plus one detail, if necessary to appreciate the technique) and will need to complete this google form entry for each image submission. Work must be made between 2019-2021.

Images must be 2000 pixels minimum on the shortest side. Max file size is 3 MB.

Please send your image(s) to Gabi Nirino at and use “SDA WA Surfacing submission” for the email subject line. The jurors will have access to the images you submit but will not see your names. Please make sure to name your image file with the nickname of your choice, and use this format: “nickname_title of piece”.jpg. The nicknames are to mask artist names during the jurying review process only.

Please complete the following form for each piece submitted and make sure to double-check your spelling. The information provided on this form will be used for the online gallery information. Note: the jurors will not see the artist name, email, nickname and website fields.

Any questions, contact Gabi Nirino at:

Thank you for your submission!

“Hidden Tropical Fish” by Donna Lee Dowdney

Donna Lee Dowdney at BARN

Donna has four mixed media and fabric art pieces exhibit at BARN

“Hidden Life” by Donna Lee Dowdney
“Silver Spirals” and “Undersea Undulations” by Donna Lee Dowdney

More about Donna

Barbara O´Steen pieces

” I created them perhaps 25 years ago and a friend purchased both pieces.  She has proudly displayed them for all these years.  One is a large floor pillow.  She and I and husbands shared the hippie years when we had living rooms with nothing but carpet and pillows.  Mine have mostly gone but she continued to use her pillow, yet I’m surprised how clean it looks.  The tapestry is Mt. St. Helens blowing on May 18 of 1980.  I watched that from the high deck from my house and soon started on the tapestry.  Three months later when the annual event of Bumbershoot was at the Seattle Center they set up a large gallery of juried art that was about the volcano and mine was included.

“The Volcano” by Barbara O´Steen. 52″ x 36″, wool.
Floor pillow by Barbara O´Steen. 41″ x 27″, wool.
“Birdhouse” by Pat Herkal

Pat Herkal at Port Townsend Gallery

Pat Herkal was juried into the Port Townsend Gallery

She will be exhibiting and selling her beaded jewelry, vessels and ‘critters. The Gallery is at 715 Water Street. Starting in June it will be open seven days a week 10:00 – 5:00.

Pat creates to fill her life with joy, to discover how to mix colors and textures, to honor the environment and to keep her brain nimble.Whimsy, color and the natural world inspire her work. Mixing fiber, thread, beads, trinkets, shells, stones and found objects – man made and natural – Pat creates jewelry, sculptures, wall hangings, critters and dolls. Most are hand sewn adding one bead at a time. The smaller the bead the better. Her work is often embellished with embroidery. She has fun making, so when people see her work, we hope it makes them smile.

More about Pat:

Online Encaustic & Resin Effects Workshop by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro Workshops

Online Encaustic & Resin Effects w/Acrylic

Create a mysterious & luminous depth, enriching your artwork! 
Discover how to create the luscious effect of wax encaustic & resin pours using GOLDEN Acrylic products. This online class includes demonstrations of how to achieve this effect using various acrylic mediums & gels; transparent & translucent, tinted & un-tinted, smooth & textured. In the process you’ll discover the unique qualities of each product. I’ll also share multiple samples of these methods in use within both collage & painted surfaces including how I incorporate them into my own artwork. These techniques enable you to create an intriguing depth, further developing imagery, pattern & texture within the layers of your art.

Schack Art Center 
JUN 5, 1-4 
Contact for registration: HERE 
NOTE: 3 WA State Educator OSPI Clock hours are available for this class. 
Fee: M $60 NM $65

Online Fabric Painting w/Acrylics

Discover a range of techniques that can transform your Fiber Art, creating incredible surfaces and patterns! We will explore a series of Golden Acrylic products, the combination of these can be heat set, creating a soft hand that can also be laundered. Whether you choose to use your fabrics for art to wear, functional art, wall hangings, sculpture or art installations, this workshop will open your eyes to a whole new approach.

De Pirro Art Workshops 
JUN 13, 1-3 
Contact for registration: HERE 

More about Barbara:

WA Regional SDA Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 situation, various meetings went online. Please contact the area leaderOnline meetings are a good opportunity to participate in different groups.

Bellingham – There is a small new group, please email Seiko Purdue for more information:

Eastside—For more information, please email Eastside Facebook Page

SDA Eastside Meeting & Event Calendar

North Peninsula—Please, contact Sue Gale for more information

In normal times, the North Olympic chapter meets monthly, with meetings rotated between Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Guests are welcome

North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties). Please, contact area leader Valerie Wootton or new co-leader Tesi Vara (in charge of membership)

Seattle– Online meetings every second Wednesday of the month. Please, contact Therese for more information

South Central—  Please email Vicki Gerton for more information

South Sound—Please contact Faith Hagenhofer at for more information.

Vancouver, WA—Please contact Sharon Svec atsharon@smsvec.comfor more information.

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