SDA WA Members Activities

MAY 2021

Barbara Osborne at Weave

“Waiting for Grendel” by Barbara Osborne. 
 Coiled pine needles with shed deer antlers, slices of rock and bones

SDA member Barbara Osborne and her basket cronies David Chambers and Sharon Kita will be joined by fiber artist Tininha Silva and painter Sean Yearian for a show named Weave at Northwind Arts Gallery, 701 Water St. in Port Townsend, WA. The show will be both in person and online. Gallery dates and hours to see the show in person are 12-5 Thursdays-Sundays from April 29 to May 30. To see the show online, go to, then exhibits; this show will be in the Best Gallery.
Additionally, Northwind Arts is hosting a Zoom night on Wednesday May 19 at 7:00 PM where the artists will talk about their work and processes. This presentation is free, but you must register through the Northwind Arts website to be sent the access link to the Zoom panel.

SDA-WA North Peninsula Members´ News

“Zoanthids” by Pat Herkal

SDA North Peninsula Members at Northwind Art’s Grover Gallery

Port Townsend’s Northwind Art’s Grover Gallery presents Undersea through May 30. Tangled Fiber SDA-NP artists Pat Herkal, Barbara Ramsey, Jean-Marie Tarascio and Cathie Wier reflect their varied views of the Salish Sea interpreted through the textile arts. Some of the creatures are true to life while others are expressions of the groups ocean inspired imaginations. The collection is composed of fiber, wire, yarn, paper and beads. 

“Textured Waves” by Barbara Ramsey
“Tangled Fibers”. Collaborative piece
“Blue Seaweed with Plankton” by Jean-Marie Tarascio
“Low Tide”by Jean-Marie Tarascio, h24″ x w 20”. Recycled tea bags, pattern paper, wire.
“Seaweed” by Cathie Wier

Erika Wurm Hitchcock at Howell’s Sandwich Co

Erika Wurm Hitchcock has 2 pieces hanging at Howell’s Sandwich Co. in Port Townsend, WA.  
In this series of 6 all together she reuses as much repurposed material as possible to breathe new life into found objects but also keep them out of the landfill.  They were created to highlight endangered species of the Olympic Peninsula, WA area.
The first one depicts Sperm Whales, the largest toothed predator of the oceans and how they encircle their young, old and sick when they feel threatened; leaving their strong tails facing outward to whack away any enemies.  This piece is 12″ x 12″. The second piece is inspired by Leatherback Sea Turtles, their largest recorded size measured 10ft in length which is the height of a regulated basketball hoop. This piece is 14.5 ” x 12 “.

SDA North Peninsula Members at Walk-by Textile Exhibit

Walk-by Textile Exhibit on Tyler features 25 Quilts, Vintage and Contemporary “Past and Present Quilts” is the new display at 675 Tyler St., Port Townsend, in the walk-by exhibit of the North Olympic Chapter of the Surface Design Association. Created or collected by eight textile artists, the 25 pieces on view through May include art quilts and patchwork, some dating from the 1940s and 1950s, pieced by great-great aunts and grandmothers. Some are handstitched, some made with hand-dyed fabric. New pieces, some inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts, feature vivid colors and improvisational designs.

Participating artists and collectors include: 

Port Townsend: Leslie Dickinson, Sue Gale, Pat Herkel, Debra Olson, Mary Tyler.  Port Ludlow: Jeri Auty  Sequim: Linda Carlson, Kathie Cook.

Information on the quilts is posted in the window and on the chapter’s website,

SDA Members in Art of Recycling-Repurpose with a Purpose

SDA members Danielle Bodine, Barbara DePirro, Patti Shaw and Terri Shinn are participating in the exhibition Art of Recycling-Repurpose with a Purpose, at the Shack Art Center. Participating artists showcase their creativity by turning otherwise discarded materials into works of art. This exhibit aims to shine a spotlight on the environmental, social and emotional impact of waste as well as explore new ideas about recycling and repurposing.

Schack Art Center 

2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett, WA.

April 1 – June 5, 2021

“Tek-Space Avian” by Danielle Bodine. 43”Hx15”Wx8”D
Recycled computer cables, Italian cleaning brush, coiled black backer rod, synthetic sinew 

“Sometimes I Feel Like This” by Patti Shaw. 27”w x 39”h. 
Burned aluminum votive candle wick tabs, waxed linen thread.  
“October Tangle” by Terri Shinn. 10” x 22”. “Red Flag Warning”. by Terri Shinn. 12” x 24”. Old quilt remnants, acrylic on wooden panel
“Autumn Blaze” by Terri Shinn
12” x 36”
Old quilt remnants, acrylic on wood panel
“Kelp Forest” by Barbara de Pirro. 200 recycled plastic bottles were collected, washed, cut and reassembled.
“Cluster” by Barbara de Pirro. Non-recyclable poly strapping that would otherwise be discarded.

Barbara de Pirro Online Environmental Sculpture Workshop

Discover how De Pirro creates environmental sculptural forms and installations using both reclaimed & organic materials. She will share a range of techniques that transform these found materials into a ‘fiber’ that can be manipulated into dimensional structures. Learn how to translate methods traditionally found in the textile, jewelry, basketry & industrial arts using unconventional materials. In addition to creating samplings of each of the techniques, De Pirro will share photos, samples & insight about creating large scale sculptural art installations. In this process you will learn how to develop these small ideas into large scale structures and environments.

Schack Art Center (Co-host) 
MAY 15, 10-1 
Contact for registration: HERE 

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 Cynthia 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.