Friday, June 29, 2012

Local Artists Live On Through Scholarships

Can one person make an impact on the world even if their life was tragically cut short at age 17?  Of course, and we can show you in the faces and art work created by 12 young Youth Art scholarship students this year alone...Elisa Older(seen in photo above with her artwork) only tread this earth for a short while but her legacy lives on in each scholarship that we give out. 

Elisa took a workshop back in 1996 here at the school that culminated with the mural you see on the outside of our building today. All the students in this workshop had some part in the creation of this mural.  Shortly after taking this workshop Elisa was killed in a drunk driving accident. 

Her grandmother, local artist Pat Christianson, and her mother, helped create a scholarship in memory of Elisa.  This year our newly re-launched Youth Art Program allowed us to give six full scholarships valued at $200 each from the Older Scholarship fund.  The other six students were funded by the Carol Peralta Scholarship.  Carol's life was cut short by a brain tumor in 2004 but her family also created a scholarship for youth in her memory. Carol's memory also lives on in each scholarship given out.

Won't you help us replenish these scholarship funds by donating to our Youth Art Scholarships?  To do so you can call us, 1 866 678 3396 or send us your tax deductible contribution to PNWAS, 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville WA  98239 and write "Youth Scholarships" on the note line.  Or better yet, stop by and visit our newly decorated and expanded Gallery and see Elisa's work up close and see the work by all the other Member artists, including some of our youth art work.

Friday, June 22, 2012

See What $20 Gets You!

Even though we have blogged about this certainly is worth repeating. Join us on the grounds of the historic and charming Captain Whidbey Inn on June 30th from 3-5 p.m. for an extraordinary plein air demonstration by our faculty member, Mitch Albala. Watch Mitch "create" before your eyes and explain the elements of a good plein air painting.  $20 gets you this mini session, the beauty of this Madrona log Inn perched over scenic Penn Cove and the company of likeminded folk!  Invite your off-island artist friends to share this experience with you..they can dine and lodge at the Inn...Mitch only has two spots left in his July workshop.....

Monday, June 18, 2012

Take a journey to another world

Come escape the commonplace and take a journey with photographer Robert Stahl and see the world as he does...Known for his "poetic" eye Robert will spend an evening with you on June 20th at 7:00 p.m. showing some of his recent photos from Africa and more. The Pacific NorthWest Art School is located at 15 N W Birch Street.  Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


We are all about giving artists is one to consider...

Your painting or photograph could grace the cover of the Whidbey Telcom's directory

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


We can't promise you this for our upcoming Solstice FREE photography lecture on June 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. by Robert Stahl but we can promise you an evening full of beautiful and inspiring photography and conversation and refresments!  Please join us...

What: Instructor Robert Stahl's lectures and shares images including his recent trip to Africa
When:  June 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville, 1 866 678 3396 or 360 678 3396

Friday, June 8, 2012

Our First Donation to Youth Art Scholarships!

Got our first donation to our Youth Art Scholarships since we launched our campaign to replenish them! Thank you Mike McConnell.  Mike sold a large piece of his art...which by the way can be viewed not only here at the school but also at Coupeville Coffee and Bistro, and promptly gave us a donation.  It is artists and art lovers alike who make our scholarship program thrive.

 We gave out 12 scholarships to students this year. This was a huge accomplishment but can only continue if supported...any amount makes a difference. Perhpas you may be helping educate the next artist of the century...  We hope you attend this coming week's Exhibition of our Youth Art Students on Thursday, June 14 from 6-7 p.m. here at the school...15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville, WA .

To make a donation call us at 360 678 3396, or visit or mail us at the address above.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Exciting news from last year's CHS graduating senior scholarship recipient, Tyler Potts.  She called us today to inform us she had been accepted to her "dream" school, Seattle Central Community College Photography Department. Apparently they only accept 35 photography students per year and she now is one of  class of 2012/2013.  Congratulations Tyler! We are so glad our scholarship can assist you with books and tuition.  Thanks to those who contribute to our fund each year (there are only two of you) as you make a huge impact on a local student.

If you would like to learn more about our CHS scholarship, our Youth Art Scholarships or any of our other scholarships, call us, 360 678 3396 and maybe you can have a role in making a "dream" come true for a worthwhile student.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Please join us for our first Youth Art Exhibition and Opening on THURSDAY, June 14th, from 6-7 p.m. at the Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 N W Birch Street
Come see the work produced by these hard working students and celebrate their accomplishments.  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. So grab a friend, neighbor or co-worker and come see what these students have created.  Their work will remain on display until the end of June.

1 866 678 3396

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tell Us Your Story!

painting by instructor Guido Frick

What does the art school mean to you? It could be anything from starting a new career, getting over the fear that you are not an artist, to meeting an instructor that changed the path of your art work or started you on an artistic path. Or as simple as a great way to meet fellow artists and hone your skills. If you have a special memory or story and would like to share, we want to hear your stories! We plan on combining them with some images from classes this year as part of a presentation at our fall Harvest Happening, September 29th. Email us your stories to or


Come to our FREE lecture and presentation on June 20, 2012 and listen to engaging instructor and photographer Robert Stahl  as he shares his recent images from his trip to Africa. Bob has been teaching for the school for over twenty years now.  The evening will start at 7:00 p.m. This is a free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Bring a friend and join us for a wonderful evening of photography.

To find out more about what we offer please visit our website at or call us at 360 678 3936 or visit us at 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Why so many photography workshops to choose from?

Have you noticed the explosion of photography workshops being offered these days? Well we have and have been talking to our faculty about it. Here is the general concensus. There are many photo jouranlists now looking to re-invent themselves as print media is on the decline and the accessibility of digital photography has opened many doors for photographers.

However a word of caution when out there shopping for a get what you pay for. Would you rather take a workshop from one of our highly acclaimed photography instructors with 30 years teaching experience coupled with our 26 years experience offering workshops or would you rather take a workshop from someone without the credentials and life experience of a total of 56 years experience?
While you ponder this we ask you then to consider the following faculty we have for you in 2012 and beyond:

Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson, Robert Stahl, Craig Tanner, John Shaw, Bobbie Goodrich, Brenda Tharp and the list goes on....I know which workshop and which school I would choose...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Preparing for Jorie Johnson!

Volunteers are the life blood of any organization and ours go the extra mile!  Here is Jody Wilke, sampling and testing some local wool in preparation for Jorie Johnson's two upcoming workshops this July.  We still have spaces in both these fabulous workshops.  Won't you join us for a wonderfully creative and special time on beautiful Whidbey Island?