Featured Artist

Featured Artists of the Month
Each month or so we feature one or more artists picked at random..

 Andy Friedlander   Website

At the end of my junior year at Earlham College in 1966 I switched my major field of study from Chemistry to Fine Arts (a major that combined visual art, music and theatre) and began my arts education in earnest. I spent the summer studying various artists – Paul Klee among them – and hours doing pen and ink drawings focusing on shape, positive and negative space and characters, both human and animal.

While my career was in the theatre – including 26 years as the director of the Drama Program at Skagit Valley College – I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the visual arts and music as well and continue to do so in retirement. I have been playing bluegrass music for the past 20 years with the Prozac Mtn. Boys and have participated in many group and several solo art shows in the past 15 years. I am a past president of Skagit Artists.

Several months ago I discovered two large folders of drawings from that summer of 1966 on a bookshelf in our study. They were my first original art works and they looked and felt like I had just completed them. I decided to devote myself to the development of the ideas and style I had begun over 50 years ago – still inspired by Paul Klee. The work is colorful, playful and both disciplined and spontaneous. I hope you enjoy them.



Past Featured Artists Include:

Gary Giovane, Jennifer McGill, Caroline Garland, Rick Klauber, Sheila Johnson, Melanie Dugan, Linde Husk, Sarah Dalton, Amanda Martin, Sandra Glen, Jill Whitmore, Carol Evans, Maria Wickwire, Jo Jones, Linde Husk, Denise Jackson, Ron King, Birgit LaFace, Maria Wickwire, Neil Wesche, Andy Porter, Cynthia Richardson, Marie-Claire Dole, Maggi Mason, Gene Jaress, Annette Tamm, Nancy Vogel, Liane Redpath, Dee Doyle, Kathleen Ritz, Caroline Garland, Phoenix Rising, John Parks, Athena Hornsby, Karla Rae Matista, Joanne Ossewarde, Jane Penman, Susan Lenarz, Terry MacDonald, John Sedgwick, Tom Pickett, Thais Armstrong, Barbara Silverman Summers, Lin McJunkin, Dinah Snipes Steveni, Christie Houston, John McClain, Susan Lenarz, Andi Shannon, Sukey Jacobsen, Kathy Huckleberry, Robert-Gigliotti, Steve Philbrick, Theodora Jonsson, Catherine Kerwick, Katherine Lewis, and Mary Quintrall.