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Ocean Park, Washington, January 5, 2012 – Treasurer Nancy Beliveau is the lone 2011 PAA board member to remain in her position for year 2012.  Joining her are a group of artists, many of whom held board positions in previous years, ready to help steer the creative forces generated by the dynamic and diverse group of talented people who comprise the membership of Peninsula Arts Association.

When asked why she decided to stay on as Treasurer, Beliveau chuckled, “Pure determination.  After a year of balancing the books, it’s all starting to make sense to me.  I want to get even better at the job and do all I can to make sure PAA continues to grow and remains successful.”

Working with Beliveau are: Bonnie Lou Cozby as President, Michael Cox as Vice President, Judy Cox as Recording Secretary and Arlene Jayne as Corresponding Secretary.  In addition, PAA has added three Directors to the Executive Board roster:  Myrna Kay Thompson, Vickie Branch and Veronica Frink.  This addition brings PAA completely into compliance with its By-Laws.

“The group has been working hard over the last five years to get all their ducks in a row,” said Cozby, who served as President over three of those five years.  “Since 1970, when the association was first formed in Ocean Park, the goal has been to create a community art center on the peninsula.  We can almost see it happening…our organization is in place, we have a strong record of participation and proven economic stability and are preparing to enter the world of grants, patrons, sponsorships and fundraising.  It’s a very exciting time.”

PAA is a very active group, producing four large art events annually: The Spring and Fall Art Shows, the Summer Art Festival (all three held this year at the World Kite Museum) and the peninsula wide Studio Tour.  It also continues the tradition of the July Starving Artist Sale.  This long held event was first created to help fund PAA’s High School Graduate Scholarship.  Due to the fantastic bargains to be had, the sale has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

In addition to the annual scholarship award, Peninsula Arts Association also funds an Art Enrichment Program.  Headed by Education Liaison Barbara Lester, the program provides fully supplied art boxes with comprehensive lesson plans for Ocean Beach School District teachers to check out on a rotating basis.  It also provides supplies for art projects such as the tree ornaments created by Ocean Park Elementary students for the community Christmas tree and take-away ornaments for the Santa’s Workshop gathering sponsored by the Ocean Park Area Chamber and held at the Ocean Park Fire Station.  The art group is currently working with the new Long Beach Garden organizers on plans for art installations in the proposed community garden and has many crossover members with the Peninsula Clay Artists group.  June brings the Garlic Festival with PAA members participating in a cluster of art tents.  2012 will be the third time PAA has run the Garlic Poster Contest.  And do not forget the 4th of July Parade.  The sidewalk chalk carried in little red wagons and handed out by PAA members with the direction to “Make Art!” has become a popular and interactive part of the Ocean Park event.

“This is the fourth year we have marched in the parade and every year gets better,” said Vice President Michael Cox who has chaired PAA participation in the parade with the help of board member Maxine Brown.  “It’s not about us, it’s about the children.  The enjoyment of watching the kids use the chalk to create in-the-moment art on the street is fantastic.  However,” he added laughing, “the first year we handed out chalk, we were concerned with simply surviving the forced run aspect of the surprisingly fast paced parade.  Our “supply” float (a decorated truck in the parade) was soon out of sight and the runs to and from it almost did us in.  We wised up and found that starting at both ends of the parade with our wagons gave us the opportunity to complete the route and get chalk to all the kids.  After the parade, the streets and sidewalks hold little and large works of art!”

A total of fifteen members make up the current Peninsula Arts Association Board.  Along with the board members mentioned above, Senior Advisor Marilyn Casey, Historian Normandie Hand, Member-at-Large Jan Richardson and Studio Tour Chairs Bette Lu Krause and DJ Bogue round out the group.  Several wear more than one hat.  Director Thompson is also the Scholarship and Starving Artist Chair and works with President Cozby and Director Branch on the Spring and Fall Art shows.  Branch also chairs the Summer Art Festival with her husband and fellow PAA member Terry Branch, and Director Frink has headed the very popular Art Around Town program for several years.

January and February are Membership Renewal and Application months.  The PAA year runs January to January and it is best to join early in order to receive all newsletters and event participation notices.  Membership is $20 a year for individuals.  Student memberships are free but do require the application to be filled out.  The first General Membership Meeting of the year will be held at 6 pm on January 17, 2012, at the event room of the Adrift Hotel and Spa, (409 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, Washington).  The hotel is PAA’s first 2012 sponsor.  Meetings start with business, include a break for refreshments and usually end with a relaxed, hands-on art program.  It is a great way to meet fellow artists.  Always open to the public, the January 17th meeting is a perfect opportunity to renew or begin membership and learn about PAA.  Applications are also available online at or call President Bonnie Cozby at 360-665-6041.

“We are getting ready for a wonderful year’” said Cozby.  “Our website is being given a whole new look thanks to webmaster Modi Cozby, the board is full of enthusiasm and great ideas and our first event, the 21st Spring Art Show (March 30 to April 1), is just around the corner…working with the ladies of the Kite Museum is always a good thing.  As a board, we are looking forward to expanding our community group alliances and creating a viable sponsor and patron program.  Plus, I know the artists are gearing up to bring their best work out…they always do!”



CHINOOK TO SURFSIDE!  by Bonnie Lou Cozby

Ocean Park, Washington, November 11, 2011 – There are eighteen reasons you should mark your calendar for November 25 and 26.  Eighteen is the number of private studios or galleries that will be hosting artists from Peninsula Arts Association for its 4th Annual Studio Tour.  From 10 am to 4 pm daily, the twenty-four artists sprinkled throughout the peninsula, from Chinook to Surfside, will tempt visitors with one-of-a-kind art work, holiday themed cards, prints, art cards, pottery, jewelry, photography and so much more.  There will be delicious nibbles along the way and many art demonstrations.  It is the perfect way to experience the vibrant and active art community in residence here, while touring the beauty of our location on the coast.  Plus…what a great way to start your holiday shopping!  Following is a brief overview of the tour and the artists.

Beginning in Chinook, the gateway to the peninsula, M & D Designs (760 Hwy 101) is a family owned glass and bead shop with a fully equipped hot glass studio.  Terry and Vickie Branch showcase the work of over twenty glass, silver and jewelry artists including daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Patrick Ogle.  Classes and studio rental time are available and something interesting is always going on at the worktable.

There are three stops on Howerton at the Port of Ilwaco, all overlooking the beautiful Ilwaco Harbor.  Don Nisbett Art Gallery (167 Howerton) offers original watercolors, acrylics, prints and cards.  A favorite theme of this ebullient artist is nautical…mermaids, crabs, ships, local scenes…it’s all here with a touch of humor thrown into the mix.  Marie Powell’s Shoalwater Cove Gallery (177 Howerton) features the work of this long time favorite local artist.  There is always something new at this prolific artist’s studio and gallery.  Rounding out the port stops is Queen La De Da’s Creative Corner (227 Howerton).  Whimsical mixed media collage, recycled art and found objects reign at this location.

The next section of the tour may be accessed by traveling north on either the bay side of the peninsula on Sandridge Road, or the ocean side on Pacific Highway.  Basically, you can reach these spots coming or going.

The Picture Attic (711 Pacific North, west side of highway) is artist Jean Nitzel’s playhouse.  Filled with art supplies and framing options, the gallery/shop offers classes and gatherings of artists interested in all media.  Nitzel is a paper artist, photographer and painter…a triple treat!  Hosted at this location, photographer Nancy Meyrick offers framed photos, cards and ornaments, all with her optimistic viewpoint at the fore.

Continuing north on Pacific, is the workshop of Richard Schroeder (1210 163rd Place, on the west side of the highway).  Schroeder creates elegant and functional lathe-turned wood bowls.  Each is a one-of-a-kind creation and although they make fantastic gifts, it is hard to let them go.  (Please note that location # 12 on the map will not be open for the tour).

If you are taking the Sandridge route north, Epinoia Studio (15915 Sandridge Road, west side of highway) is home to the printmaking and painting creations of Elizabeth Bonn Zimmerman.  Acrylic paintings, monotype and linoleum block prints reside in this peaceful studio along with a few mermaids.  Sharing the space is George Zimmerman with his hand crafted wood tables.  A bit farther north finds The Artist’s Roost, (3900 199th Court, meander in on the west side of road), home studio of clay artist Sue Raymond.  Filled with the whimsical birds and creatures of her ample imagination, there are also beautiful raku teapots and acrylic paintings on view.  Outdoor firing demonstrations are always exciting.  Hosted there is new jewelry artist Debbie Haugsten.  Working with old and new beads, bits of retro costume jewelry and resin, her work reflects both the elegance of time past and the casual beach influence of the area.

Ocean Park, an area quietly assuming the mantle of a “new art destination”, has six tour locations, of which all but one is on Bay Avenue.  Traveling on Pacific, but before reaching town, you will pass the studio of photographer Peggy Bleckov (20711 Pacific Way, west side of highway).  The enchanted world of Blackwood Beach Cottages is home to Bleckov’s studio and reflects her sense of style, composition and color…all evident in her beautiful photography.  Her photograph, The Bond, won Best in Show at PAA’s recent Fall Art Show.  Specially designed holiday cards are just one of the featured treasures found here.

Bay Avenue crosses the peninsula from bay to beach.  It can be accessed from Sandridge Road or Pacific Highway.  Starting from the bay side, the first stop is Wiegardt Studio Gallery (2607 Bay Avenue).  Eric Wiegardt is an internationally collected watercolor and acrylic artist and native son of the peninsula.  The October 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine has Wiegardt’s work on the cover and as featured artist.  His studio gallery, housed in the Victorian home built by his great grandfather, is filled with framed and unframed originals, prints, cards, art supplies, instruction materials and information on upcoming art classes.  On hand to answer questions and “talk art”, Wiegardt’s studio is a friendly and welcoming place.

Heading towards the ocean, next is the Barn on Bay (2311 Bay Avenue).  The big red barn has ample room for photographer and putter(er) Bonnie Lou Cozby to display her work.  Eclectic by nature and attracted to rusty, shiny and neglected items, one never knows what may be on hand to consider in the barn.  Sharing the space is paper artist and fellow photographer Judy Cox.  Known for her exquisite iris-folded art cards and shadow boxes, Cox also creates hand decorated magnetic bookmarks, pins and jewelry pieces and will be doing iris-folding demos throughout the day.  Her work can be found in galleries up and down the coast.

A few doors down, still heading west, in a reclaimed boat barn, is Weir Studios (2217 Bay Avenue).  Andrea Weir is an award winning stained glass artist and her beautiful and colorful work is on view at many churches and buildings throughout the peninsula.  Fused glass pendants, bowls, plates and drawings are just a sample of the artistic work offered at this stop.  Next on the north side of Bay Avenue is Naquaiya Art Gallery (1715 Bay Avenue).  Michele Beaulieu has won numerous awards for her scratchboard drawings, but there is so much more this artist has to offer.  Custom designed greeting cards, giclee prints, textiles and more all vie for space in her compact and enticing studio gallery.

The last Bay Avenue stop is on the south side and closest to the ocean.  Bay Avenue Gallery (1306 Bay Avenue) was the brainchild of acrylic artist Bette Lu Krause.  Opened on April 1st, 2010, the gallery has been nobody’s fool, quickly growing to include a business partner (Sue Raymond who will be at her studio Artist’s Roost), and original art from over thirty local artists.  Krause’s work embodies her passion for and knowledge of wild places.  As a shipboard naturalist, she has first hand experience with the subjects of her paintings.  Bold use of color and palette knife bring forth the mystery, depth and freedom found in her paintings, which are also available as cards, prints and tiles.  Joining her in the gallery for the tour is fused glass artist Barbara Lester.  The delicate and colorful, hand painted or dichroic, fused glass jewelry pieces bring collectors back over and over for “just another one”.  Whether on a velvet cord or silver chain, in earring form or pin, Lester’s glass works make wonderful holiday or any-day gifts.  She will be doing demonstrations throughout the day and also offers classes at the gallery.

Twisting and curving Surfside is home to the four farthest north destinations on the tour.  Easiest to access via Pacific Highway (also known as Vernon), keep an eye out for PAA Art Event signs, starting at the Joe Johns Road intersection, to lead you in.  Directional signs taking you to Andrea Traphagen’s garret studio (1503 304th Place) are the first you will come to. Traphagen was Featured Artist at this year’s Spring Art Show, having won Best in Show in the Fall Show of 2010.  Original watercolors, done in vibrant hues take you from fantasy worlds, to old world to current times all with the stroke of a brush and a vivid imagination.  Acrylic originals and prints are also available, and do notice the paint outside…the house was freshly painted just in time for the tour.

Retrace your steps to 295th and head towards the ocean.  You have the choice to either follow the signs up I Street or G Street in order to move on to the last three studios.  Surfside streets stop and go, share similar names and at times seem to lead nowhere, by following the PAA Art Event signs you will find the last three studios with ease.  Choosing G Street, the closest to the ocean, head north for a bit.  There will be signs directing you to two studios along the way.  The first is Windy Meadows Pottery (815 318th Place).  Jan Richardson recently finished a dream cottage and studio at the end of this cul-de-sac and it is easy to see an artist lives here; the gardens, mosaic work and clay yard sculptures show her touch to be everywhere.  Inside the studio, all styles of fired work represent her view of the world, one slab of clay at a time.  Another Best in Show winner, Richardson also finds time to work diligently toward bringing notice to the world about the growing community of artists living on the peninsula.  Sharing space at Windy Meadows is Dani Pederson.  Pederson is a clay artist creating functional and decorative work, done in the hand built or wheel thrown styles.  Both artists will be doing demos throughout the tour.

Head back out to G Street and north again to G Place via the PAA signs.  Turn right at the second G Place to Ruth Carpenter’s studio (33006 G Place).  Working in watercolor or acrylic and in conventional or abstract styles, Carpenter’s work is collected throughout the Pacific Northwest and recognizable by her color palette.  Another PAA Best in Show winner, prints and cards of some of her most popular work, including “Dancing in the Snow”, will be available along with original work, art cards.

Heading north once again on G, it will turn into 338th as it curves, taking you to I Street.  Turn north, as you pass Oysterville Road keep a sharp eye out for the PAA Art Event signs that will lead you up on the ridge to the last studio on the tour.  Don Perry (34516 J Place) is a metal artist with just a little bit more.  Creating hand cut interior and exterior metal art, his work graces many homes on and off peninsula.  Bringing rainbow colors out of the metal, adding rust effects or creating schools of salmon leaping up a wall…all things are possible when Perry gets to work.

Studio Tour Maps are available before the tour dates at Bay Avenue Gallery, Ocean Park Area Chamber, The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, Don Nisbett Art Gallery in Ilwaco and M & D Designs in Chinook, as well as on PAA’s website and at all locations during the tour.  The map will also be printed in the November 23 edition of the Chinook Observer.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PAA awards an annual High School Graduate Scholarship and supports an Art Enrichment Program, bringing art and supplies into our local classrooms.



Ocean Park, Washington, October 12, 2011 – A very well received Fall Art Show, exhibiting the art of 47 Peninsula Arts Association members closed with some surprising ribbon results.  For the first time since Bill Nitzel’s award winning entry in 1984, photography received the honor of Judges’ Choice – Best in Show.  Peggy Bleckov’s color photograph, The Bond, is a quiet, touching and perfectly presented study of a young New Hampshire boy communing with his 4-H competition entry (a very young goat).  Competing against all other First Place winners in nineteen categories, The Bond received a unanimous vote by all three judges; Teri Sund of RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, nationally acclaimed artist Charles Schweigert and Scott Leahing of Dots n’ Doodles, also in Astoria.

“The reason we picked this as Best in Show, is that everything about it is right,” said Leahing.  “The composition, balance, values (light and dark), technique, emotion and presentation…everything is right.”

Bridge to Nowhere, a photograph of the Megler Bridge by Theodore K. Diebold, took the People’s Choice Ribbon hands down.  Using a technique to create one image from three shots of the well-loved subject, each with differing focal points, Diebold’s composition was entered under the Photography – Other category.  Another photograph of the same subject, Beams – Megler, by Bonnie Lou Cozby, won First Place in that category and brought up many theories and questions about how the highly textured and metallic appearing photo was achieved.

A good portion of the 800 plus visitors to the show came specifically to see the large exhibition of Featured Artist Eric Wiegardt’s work.  The nine paintings made a dramatic entrance to the show and were enjoyed by all.

Rose Power’s King Salmon and all three of Jim Unwin’s carved wood entries garnered a great deal of interest along with Jan Richardson’s clay piece Hills and Dales, an Italian Landscape and Marion Ogle’s delicate glass pansy necklace Floral Fantasy.  Paintings and drawings were the most represented part of the show with the work of Maxine Brown, Susan McCloud, Cynthia Pride, Michele Beaulieu, Bette Lu Krause, Nancy Wavra and Nancy Beliveau receiving several comments.

The last PAA event for 2011 is the 4th Annual Studio Tour held up and down the peninsula from Chinook to Surfside on November 25 and 26.  For information on Peninsula Arts Association visit

2011 – PAA 41st Fall Art Show List of Winners

Watercolor Seascape

1st        Kites Galore!!! Cynthia Pride

2nd        Beachcombers, Bernie Elliott

3rd        Shorebirds, Jean Nitzel

Honorable Mention     Undersea Organic 4, Susan McCloud

Watercolor Still Life/Florals

1st        Warm Autumn Leaves, Bernie Elliott

2nd        Evelyn, Cynthia Pride

Acrylic Seascape

1st        Kite Flyers ala Picasso, Nancy Beliveau

2nd        Early Morning Hour, Andrea Traphagen

Acrylic Landscape/Cityscape

1st        Rust n’ Rot, Judy Leonard


1st        Determination – Self Portrait, LAW Fraser

2nd        Woman in Empire Dress, Michele Beaulieu Naquaiya

3rd        The Dalai Lama, Dorothy Harper

Mixed Media

1st        Window Views, Susan McCloud

2nd        Early Morning, Lorna Jo Shakerin

3rd        Desert Jokesters, Nancy Wavra


1st        Beets, Sharon Strong

2nd        Pleasantville, Sharon Strong


1st        Northwest Loon, Jim Unwin

2nd        My Morning Glory, Athol Libby


1st        Day’s End, Joyce Wingett


1st        Under Sea Food Chain, Michelle Beaulieu Naquaiya

2nd        Paints in Aspens, Michele Beaulieu Naquaiya


1st        Silver Chief, O. Carol Olson

2nd        Floral Fantasy, Marion Ogle

3rd        Vertibrae, Sandra Lill


1st        Hills and Dales – an Italian Landscape, Jan Richardson

2nd        with animal, Sue Raymond

Soft Sculpture

1st        Madame Peacock and Sir Pete, LAW Fraser

2nd        Witchie Poo, Lorna Jo Shakerin

Color Photography

1st        The Bond, Peggy Bleckov

2nd        Sunrise on Fire – Vista House, Bonnie Lou Cozby

3rd        ’29 Chevy, Nancy Meyrick

Honorable Mention     Harbor Light, Michael A. Campellone

Photography Other

1st        Beams – Megler, Bonnie Lou Cozby

2nd        Sunset Canoes, Maui, James Tweedie

3rd        Bridge to Nowhere, Theodore K. Diebold


1st        On Guard, Dorothy Harper

2nd        Untitled, Maxine Brown


1st        Print 54, E. Bonn – Zimmerman

2nd        Print 53, E. Bonn – Zimmerman

Decorated Art

1st        King Salmon, Rose Power


1st        Time Flies, Marion Ogle

2nd        “Mshindi Askari” Conquering Soldiers, Michael Cox


1st        Beautiful Dream, Christina Kenoski – Color Photography

2nd        Sunset, Kristin Grant – Fused Glass

3rd        Still Life, Lesther D. Reese – Drawing

Honorable Mention     Beach Bodies, Esther Wiegardt – Color Photography

Judges Choice – Best in Show

The Bond, Peggy Bleckov – Color Photography

People’s Choice

Bridge to Nowhere, Theodore K. Diebold – Photography Other


A 20th Annual Spring Art Show Ribbon Winner List 2011

Watercolor Seascape/Landscape

1st Clamdiggers at Sunset, Eric Wiegardt

2nd Seagull Get-Together, Cynthia Pride

3rd Wind and Waves, Veronica Frink

Watercolor Still Life/Florals

1st Noticeably Nelly! Cynthia Pride

2nd Through the Glass, Veronica Frink

Acrylic Seascape/Landscape

1st Wayward Wind, Judy Leonard

2nd Winter Winds, Bette Lu Krause

3rd Waiting for the Metro, Normandie Hand

Acrylic Still Life/Florals

1st Kite Bouquet, Nancy Beliveau

2nd Allium and Blue Bird, Linda S. Halstead


1st Waiting at the Guggenheim, Normandie Hand

2nd Housefinch, Jean Nitzel

3rd As Above, So Below, E. Bonn – Zimmerman

Honorable Mention Little Angels, Nancy Beliveau


1st Kona Twin Palms, Linda S. Halstead

2nd Tidal Cohosts, Linda Lew Rydman

3rd Pines in the Moonlight, Jean Beaird

Honorable Mention Waitings First Child, Nancy Wavra

Mixed Media

1st The Prince, Nancy Wavra

2nd Water Vision, Veronica Frink


1st Looking Forward to the Weekend, Sharon Strong


1st Whimbrel Box, Wayne Ivy

2nd Fire Stick, Rick Houston


1st Crow’s Butte Beach Columbia River, Joyce Wingett


1st Tugboat on the Columbia, Michelle Beaulieu

2nd Apples, Arlene Jayne

3rd Gone Fishing, William Vandorin


1st Black Beauty, Terry Branch

2nd Thai Silver & Peach Crystal, Marcia L. Peterson


1st Garden Sentinel, Jan Richardson

2nd Seaside Chapel, Jan Richardson

3rd Summer, Karen Brownlee

Honorable Mention Beachcomber, Sue Raymond

Honorable Mention Trojan, Sue Raymond

Color Photography

1st Apparition of Mary, Michael A. Campellone

2nd Red Adirondacks, Peggy Bleckov

3rd I Only Look Sleepy, Nancy Meyrick

Honorable Mention Sand Pattern – Inversion#2, James Tweedie

Honorable Mention Desert Train Graffiti 2, Charlie Cozby

Photography Other

1st View From Train, Charlie Cozby

2nd Garden Fence, Peggy Bleckov

3rd BNSF Westbound, Peggy Bleckov


1st Green Fantasy Swirl, Vickie Branch

2nd Woven Sunset, Sharon Strong

3rd The Reef, Pat Ogle

Honorable Mention Wildflowers, Barbara Lester

Decorated Art

1st Harry the Heron, Judy Cox


Honorable Mention The Woman of Beads, Michael Cox


Honorable Mention Solstice, E. Bonn – Zimmerman


1st Clamdiggers’ Dream, Esther Wiegardt

2nd Ilwaco Sunrise, Tyler Pride Milligan

3rd Snap Pea Smile, Esther Wiegardt

Honorable Mention Orson Welles, Madison Baker

Honorable Mention Royal Butterfly, Ila Mae Smith

Judges Choice – Best in Show

Clamdiggers at Sunset, Eric Wiegardt (W/C Seascape/Landscape)

People’s Choice

Wayward Wind, Judy Leonard (Acrylic Seascape/Landscape)

Ocean Park, Washington, April 6, 2011 – In what was truly a weekend of art at the beach, Peninsula Arts Association’s 20th Annual Spring Art Show had several hundred visitors to the three-day event with art sales just topping last year’s totals.

“This is the first time I have worked behind the scenes in one of our art shows,” said PAA President Sue Raymond.  “Controlled chaos is a good description of the process.  Art show chairs Myrna Kay Thompson, Bonnie Cozby and Debbie Haugsten have the master plan and the crews implement it.  I am amazed at how much work goes into the event before we even open the doors.  Our artists did a wonderful job.”

Winning Judges’ Choice – Best in Show was Eric Wiegardt’s watercolor entry Clamdiggers at Sunset. A photo taken by Wiegardt’s daughter, Esther, inspired the dramatic painting.

“ I work, almost without exception, directly from my own reference material,” said Wiegardt.  “My daughter’s beautiful photo was the exception to that rule and she graciously gave me permission to work from it, resulting in an award I am very honored to have received.”

Wiegardt will be the Featured Artist for PAA’s 41st Annual Fall Art Show in October of this year.

Winning People’s Choice, Judy Leonard’s rustically framed acrylic Wayward Wind, was a favorite right from the start of the show.  The work was one of two paintings sold by the Nahcotta artist.  Winning People’s choice came as a true surprise when Leonard came to pick up her work at the close of the show and found only the ribbon hanging in its place.

Rounding out the weekend of art, Oysters and Art, the Saturday evening event sponsored by the Rotary Club of SW Pacific County Peninsula, was a sell out.

“This was the best year ever,” said Lesley Ferguson.  “It was our first time at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and the venue was a great fit for us.  Rotary members, volunteers, restaurants, artists all worked together to create a fantastic evening dedicated to helping local children and children worldwide.”


PAA 40th Annual Fall Art Show Ribbon Winner List 2010

Watercolor Seascape/Landscape

1st Long Beach Buoy, Cynthia Pride
2nd Can You Dig It?, Carol Johnson
3rd Sunset Creation, Cynthia Pride
Honorable Mention Cape D Lighthouse Springtime Glory, Cynthia Pride

Watercolor Still Life/Florals

Honorable Mention Grandma’s Pansies, Janet R. Stomp

Acrylic Seascape/Landscape

1st San Francisco Morning, Andrea Traphagen
2nd Rock and Water, Bette Lu Krause
3rd Oyster Bay, Aileen Roberts

Honorable Mention Northwest Back Road, Judy Leonard

Acrylic Still Life/Florals

Honorable Mention Favorite Things, Normandie Hand


1st Renaissance Girl, LAW Fraser
2nd Hizzoner Mike Cassinelli, Ilwaco Mayor, Normandie Hand
Honorable Mention Marty, Judy Leonardt


Honorable Mention Fall Trio, Arlene Jayne
Honorable Mention Red Rose, Arlene Jayne

Mixed Media

1st Nothin’ Runs Like a Deere, Bernie Elliott

2nd Lavender Flowers, Patricia Bagley-Hill


1st End of the Lane, Sharon Strong
2nd Sea King, Marian J. Collins
3rd Royal Highness, Marian J. Collins


1st Plant Stand, Wayne Ivy
2nd Tom Jones Side Table, Wayne Ivy


1st Mom’s Lilies, Joyce Wingett
2nd Pretty Lady, Joyce Wingett
3rd North Head Cove, Joyce Wingett
Honorable Mention Lily, Bernie Elliott


1st Smiling Pug, Bernie Elliott
2nd Heading South, Lestia


1st Print #53, Elizabeth Bonn-Zimmerman


1st Jewelry Untitled, Marion Ogle
2nd It’s a Dogs Life, Marion Ogle
3rd Jewelry Untitled, Marcia Peterson


1st Anagama Oil Cans, Jan Richardson
2nd Lost Shoals Lighthouse, Jan Richardson
3rd Sunny Day, Sue Raymond
Honorable Mention North Head, Jan Richardson
Honorable Mention Tea with Friends, Sue Raymond


1st Hand Spun Silk, Rose Power

Black & White Photography

1st Knothole Babies, Charlie Cozby
2nd Ghostly Visitor, Theodore Diebold
3rd Still Waters, Nancy Meyrick
Honorable Mention Fifty-seven and Holding, Bonnie Lou Cozby

Color Photography

1st Comfort, Jim Unwin
2nd Home Corner, Bonnie Lou Cozby
3rd Desert Train Graffiti, Charlie Cozby
Honorable Mention Long Beach Peninsula, Rick Houston

Photography Other

1st Desert Ford, Charlie Cozby

Digital Art

Honorable Mention Mermaid, Modi Cozby


1st Wave Form, Sharon Strong
2nd Just Beachy, Ron and Linda Penn
3rd Polka Dots, Vickie Branch

Decorated Art

Honorable Mention This Little Piggy, Nancy Beliveau
Honorable Mention Lonely Cabin in Mountain and Sunset at Carmel Cove, Jean Beaird
Honorable Mention End of a Wonderful Day and Sunset in Winter Time, Jean Beaird


1st “Mwanamke wa samaki” The Woman of Fish, Michael Cox
2nd “Mmoja mwenye busva” The Wise One, Michael Cox
3rd Sanitizer, Joe Chasse
Honorable Mention Squarehead with Mustachios, Joe Chasse

Soft Sculpture

1st Ellie Elizabeth, Marian J. Collins
2nd The Perfect Key, LAW Fraser
3rd Happy Canyon dancer, LAW Fraser

Youth Photography

1st Buzy Bee, Melissa Easter
2nd Simplicity, Melissa Easter
3rd Jellyfish, Christina Kenoski

Youth Honorable Mention

Bountiful Morning at Mt Rainier, Contrast of Old and New Trees, Mt Rainier -Refreshing Beauty, Tyler Pride Milligan
Summer Blooms, Trick or Treat, Tanning at the Beach, Ila Mae Smith
Hummingbirds, Christina Kenoski

Judges Choice – Best in Show

San Francisco Morning, Andrea Traphagen (Acrylic Seascape/Landscape)

s Choice

Sunset Creation, Cynthia Pride (W/C Landscape/Seascape)



Ocean Park, Washington, September 26, 2010 – For the fortieth time, Peninsula Arts Association is preparing to open its Fall Art Show and Sale. The four-day event, held October 8, 9, 10 and 11, at the World Kite Museum in Long Beach, Washington, celebrates that anniversary in many unique ways. Fifty-seven artists, (exhibiting work totaling one hundred thirty-nine pieces), have entered the show’s twenty-four categories. Eighteen of those artists have smaller pieces available in the Inspired Creations section of the event. All those numbers add up to a big show, but the big story is really about how many of the artists have stepped out of the familiar and into new artistic territory.

Michael Campellone is a photographer in process of building a reputation for taking “up close and personal” shots of nature. The bright green of a tiny frog, kissing ants embracing on a twig or the layers of voluptuous color found in a flower petal are the subjects his collectors have come to expect from this artist. Surprisingly, the majority of his models are found right outside his home in his Ocean Park garden.

“It’s starting to get a little hard for me to leave the house,” said Campellone. “I head out to the car and then out of the corner of my eye I might see some movement in the frog condo. Back in I go for my camera.”

For the upcoming show, Campellone’s entry, three sequential photos of a Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk, (presented as a triptych), was captured as the hawk perched on a downed limb at the corner of his property. Moving slowly and remaining calm, Campellone was able to frame and shoot as the hawk kept a wary eye on him. A lone cypress tree behind the hawk’s perch created a bokeh, (a blurring of background), transporting the feel of the images from something being taken on a residential street to a forest. The subtle, earthy tones of hawk and surround are a departure from the usually brilliant colors found in his work.

For the first time, the total amount of photography entries, have surpassed, by one, the next most popular show category – Acrylic Landscapes and Seascapes. This is the category artist Bette Lu Krause does the majority of her work in. For the show, she has created a misty riverbank with a stand of birch trees in the background and wildflowers blooming at rivers edge. A bear, dark and deep in color reaches for a salmon, shown as a flash of color in the water. This addition of bear and fish is something not often seen in her work.

Andrea Traphagen has created beautiful and fanciful watercolor paintings in the past. Moving from that medium to acrylics has been a challenge.

“My entries are all acrylic cityscapes of San Francisco. Watercolor just wasn’t working for me so I decided to make a change,” said Traphagen. “I was getting worried though, things weren’t coming together until today. With acrylic, you can go on and on forever and it’s hard to know when to stop.”

Another watercolorist, Len Ellis, is entering a wood sculpture, while well know wood carver, Jim Unwin, has entered all color photography. Paper artist and photographer Jean Nitzel is entering only watercolors this time around.

Michael Cox, however, is staying with his passion. For several years, he has been creating his versions of African flat dolls, guardians and miniature masks. Based on his research of African art, Cox also gathers inspiration from textiles, trims, photos and museums and prides himself on the fact that almost every bit and piece that goes into his work is recycled. His work almost always sells out at the shows.

“I have spent a lot of time in museums looking at Native American art, and although I appreciate it and think it is beautiful, I never had the compulsion to create something until I saw the masks and dolls of Africa,” said Cox. “It just happened one day. Something called out to me and I have been fascinated ever since.”

The featured artist at this year’s show is Lonnie Acord. Winner of PAA’s Spring Art Show’s Judges Choice – Best of Show award, Acord is an accomplished and long-time Northwest Indian mask carver. Like Cox, he brings his own eye to the culture’s art.

Two other events have been added to the show in celebration of Peninsula Arts Association’s 4oth Anniversary.

The Eric Wiegardt original painting raffle has been in progress since PAA’s Spring Art Show. Wiegardt painted the watercolor, San Juan Reflections, as a demonstration at one of PAA’s general meetings. Along with the beautifully framed work is a signed value study and photos of Eric creating it. Tickets will be on sale at the show and are five dollars each. The drawing takes place at the venue on October 10, at 2 pm.

The second event happening in concert with the art show is a silent auction of a dozen Marcia Rockwell original paintings. Donated to PAA by Ms. Rockwell’s family, the silent auction takes place during the first three days of the show and ends at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 10. All proceeds from these two fundraisers benefit PAA’s High School Graduate Scholarship Program and Art Enrichment Fund. PAA is a registered non-profit.

For more information on all PAA activities, call 360-665-6041 or visit

Peninsula Arts Association 40th Annual Fall Art Show October 8, 9, 10 & 11 – 10 to 5 daily – admission is free Venue – World Kite Museum – 3030 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, WA



Ocean Park, Washington, September 23, 2010 – As Peninsula Arts Association members gear up for the upcoming 4oth Annual Fall Art Show and Sale (October 8 through 11 at the World Kite Museum in Long Beach, Washington), one very important detail for the success of the show has been determined…the judges.

“Finding judges that are capable and thoughtful, plus comfortable with the diversity of work our members bring to the show is an important job,” said PAA Vice President and co-art show chair Myrna Kay Thompson. “Add to that, the fact that we strive for judges from off the peninsula, since we all seem to know each other here, and it becomes twice the task.”

Thompson and PAA President Bonnie Cozby, also co-chair of the show along with Recording Secretary Debbie Haugsten, decided to go back to three judges from the past few years of shows that filled those requirements especially well.

Teri Sund is the Exhibits Director for the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. Sund received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Western Washington University and has spent the last twenty plus years working to support artists within both non-profit and for-profit art agencies. Having dedicated her career to the promotion of all visual art forms, Sund feels privileged to work with artists from diverse backgrounds and interests.

Roger Masse has a career history as a writer, teacher, editor and artist. As a professor at the New Mexico State University, he taught Greek Mythology in Art and Literature as well as Graphics and Technical Writing. He has edited books on a range of diverse subjects from computer science to golf. Masse was also a former gallery manager at Trail’s End Art Gallery in Gearhart, Oregon and currently spends time working on his art, (Masse is an accomplished collage and watercolorist), enjoying his many hobbies and doing framing for other artists.

The third judge is Scott Leahing of Astoria, Oregon, owner, with Tim Masuelli, of Dots n’ Doodles Art Supplies. Born in Jamaica, his early art experience came from an interest in photography. A move to Canada resulted in a degree in Psychology and a further move to Miami, Florida brought him a degree in Fine Arts, focusing on ceramic arts. Leahing was an adjunct ceramics instructor at Florida International University in both graduate and undergraduate classes. He next obtained a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and worked as a licensed mental health counselor.

Leahing has won numerous awards for his clay work and often has his photography on exhibit in the Astoria area. Working with the many artists who come into his shop, his knowledge of traditional art materials and techniques, as well as the new and diverse art materials, techniques and trends, keeps him very current with the Northwest art scene.

A commonality all three artists possess is their diversity in the art world. When asked to judge an art show containing up to twenty-four art categories, diversity is exactly what is needed.

For information on the Peninsula Arts Association 40th Fall Art Show, call 360-665-6041 or visit



Ocean Park, Washington, September 26, 2010 – On October 8, 2010, Peninsula Arts Association opens their 40th Annual Fall Art Show. Forty years ago, in June of 1970, a group of artists joined together in Ocean Park, Washington to form an art group and prepare for the first PAA art show. At that time, their intent was “to encourage, support, stimulate and promote creative expression by individuals, groups and community”. Their long-range goal was the creation of an art center that would include exhibition, class/studio and lecture spaces…a place where members could join together on projects that would enhance and enrich the community. After 40 years, that commitment remains the same, but there have been some changes along the way.

Newspaper clippings, faded photographs, meeting agendas, newsletters and correspondence have been stuffed into boxes, files and binders along with treasury reports and art show sales information for the past forty years. In 2008, these treasures were trucked to a location where PAA President Bonnie Cozby, Vice President Myrna Kay Thompson and PAA Historian Judy Cox prepared to sort. Cox was given the task to make sense of the ephemera. Organizing by date, she created six binders covering the years of 1970 to 2007. With the help of long-time members, many unnamed photographs were identified and Cox, an accomplished paper artist and card maker, lent her designer’s eye to the presentation. As PAA activity increased, the need for one binder per year was initiated in 2008 and all nine historical collections are available to look through at every art show.

The 1970 art show had six categories and a very popular crafts section. In down years, sales from the crafts section literally kept the association afloat. Recent year’s shows have featured twenty-three categories and a fine crafts section that evolved into Inspired Creations. Previous show categories reflected trends in design, social conditions and interest and entries were split into Professional and Non-Professional categories. Batik and driftwood made the cut in the seventies. Photography wasn’t even on many of the seventies and eighties category lists and when included, needed only to be mounted, not framed. Today, photography is one of the most popular categories and must meet the framing requirements of all entered art. 1983 had a Quilt section and 1984 had Weaving, Needlework and Folk Art. It was also the year the current pegboard display easels were first used and the year the “Art Goes to the Dogs” gallery walk was held (benefiting the Humane Society). 1991 boasted 1200 visitors to the Labor Day show and 1992 marked the first Hands on Night for local children and community members. This event was also held in 1993.

Another change, PAA art shows used to charge a twenty-five cent admission and entry fees were combined with the membership fee. In 1977, the annual membership fee of five dollars gave members up to six entries in the show. Now, admission is free and art entry fees and membership fees are separated. From the very beginning, PAA took twenty percent of all sales. It still does, but now that twenty percent has an additional twenty-five to thirty-three percent taken out for the High School Graduate Scholarship Fund.

In 1982, PAA President Ron Biggs wrote in the newsletter, “…troubled times…PAA is on its last leg of dying”. Membership numbers were down and participation levels were low. However, and more than once in its life, the group rallied and persevered. Over the years, membership has run from the original ten, to many years with less than fifty. Currently there are 124 PAA members and an active Board comprised of five elected officers and nine appointed chairs. Art events have grown from the first Labor Day weekend show to a Spring and Fall Art Show, a Summer Art Festival, the Starving Artist Sale, a two-day Thanksgiving weekend Studio Tour and participation in the annual Garlic Festival and 4th of July Parade.

Past members have included Charles Mulvey, Gene Marteeny, Renee O’Connor, Martha Lee, Ron Maxwell-Muir and Marion Oman. Andrea Weir, Nancy Campiche, Don Nisbett, Ruth Carpenter, Marie Wagner, Jan Richardson and Eric Wiegardt are current members who have national and international collectors. Eric received PAA’s first student award and is a tremendous supporter of the association. Marilyn Casey has not only worked hard through the years in various positions, but is one of the most popular artists in the group. People regularly ask for her wood burnt shorebirds and watercolor paintings.

The art shows have been held in the Ocean Park Elementary Gym, the old B. J. Squidley’s building, the Heritage Museum and once, in an empty home that was for sale. In 2006, PAA moved the Fall and Spring shows to the World Kite Museum in Long Beach…a good, if snug fit for the ever growing shows.

Artists have come and gone and the people stepping up to make things happen within the group have changed over and over, but one thing has remained constant…Peninsula Arts Association’s commitment to support artists and bring the joy of art to the community. PAA’s Art Enrichment Program, funded entirely by donations and fundraising activities, has made progress in doing just that by bringing art projects and materials to school classrooms, providing teachers with workshops resulting in clock hours for professional growth, doing public library art programs and helping students present their art for exhibition. The dream of a community art center in Ocean Park, the home of Peninsula Arts Association, remains to be accomplished in the future.

For information on: the Peninsula Arts Association, the 40th Fall Art Show, PAA’s Art Enrichment Program or Scholarship Fund, call Bonnie Cozby at 360-665-6041 or visit


Peninsula Arts Association Celebrates 40 Years!

Ocean Park, Washington, March 18, 2010 – Starting now, and continuing through November, Peninsula Arts Association’s trademark black, white and red posters, flyers and Art Event Signs will be blanketing the peninsula.  Celebrating 40 years as an active art organization, PAA has packed 2010 with more events than ever.

The very first meeting of the year brought the first surprise opportunity.  Eric Wiegardt, a long time PAA member, and internationally known watercolorist, created a painting from start to finish as the night’s general meeting program.  Wiegardt has done several demonstrations for PAA meetings in past years and he always draws a large crowd.  At the end of this year’s program, he very generously donated the finished painting to PAA.  The framed original, along with signed value study, will be offered as the prize for a yearlong raffle.  Drawing for the painting will take place at the October Art show and tickets will be first offered at the upcoming Spring Art Show.  Proceeds will be used in PAA’s Art Enrichment Program (which brings art to students and community) and for improvements in PAA’s 40-year-old infrastructure.

April 9, 10 and 11 brings the 19th Annual Spring Art Show and Sale.  The Kite Museum will be filled with beautiful work done in a staggering twenty-two categories.  May 22 is the date for the 40th Anniversary Celebration…a Champagne Brunch catered by Beach House Catering at the Eagles Nest Resort.  June brings the Northwest Garlic Festival.  PAA has plans for several tents grouped at the event.  In addition, the Ocean Park Area Chamber has allowed PAA to steward the return of the Garlic Festival Poster.  The Poster Contest will be open to the public.  June also heralds the awarding of Peninsula Arts Association High School Graduate Scholarship.  This annual scholarship has long been a tradition and honor to present to aspiring art directed students.

July holds three art events.  On July 3rd, the favorite, Starving Artists Sale returns to the Ocean Park Library.  This is a bargain hunters delight with a portion of every participant’s sales going into the Scholarship Fund.  July 4th finds PAA members running along in the 4th of July Parade.  This year PAA has bought 2000 pieces of sidewalk chalk to be handed out to children along the route with the encouragement to “make art”.  The children’s efforts decorate Ocean Park’s streets and sidewalks until the first rain.  July 23, 24 and 25 brings the Summer Art Festival to the Edgewater Inn.  PAA artists bring the best of their creations for same day purchase at this relaxed beach approach sale.

The 40th Annual Fall Art Show runs over Columbus Day Weekend, October 8, 9, 10 and 11 at the World Kite Museum.  Traditionally, the fall show is the largest show of the year.  Great things are in store from PAA’s artists for this special year.  The final event for 2010 is the very popular and increasing in size, Studio Tour.  November 26 and 27, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, brings the opportunity to meet artists in their own environment and start holiday shopping with original and art inspired creations.  It offers a great way to introduce young artists to the art community and show visitors the beauty of the peninsula.  A map from 2009’s tour is on PAA’s website…just to whet the appetite for art.

In addition to a year packed with events, Peninsula Arts Association will hold an auction of former member Marcia Rockwell’s work.  Gifted to PAA by Rockwell’s family, the proceeds from the seventy plus paintings will benefit students in the area by helping to bring art and art supplies into classrooms and to help prepare their finished art for exhibition.  The Art Enrichment Fund has already brought several art projects into local schools on a classroom-by-classroom basis as well as the 2009 effort that brought a marathon of fifteen projects to 200 Ocean Park students in three days.

Art around Town, another veteran activity of this group, presents rotating art exhibited in the Ocean Beach Hospital, the Pacific County Building on Sandridge and the Ilwaco Library.  Most of the art shown at these locations may be purchased by contacting the individual artist.

Peninsula Arts Association plans on taking the year by storm…look for the black, white and red signs for an introduction to this active and creative art community.

For information on specific events, PAA membership, scholarship application, Patron of the Arts Program or more, visit PAA’s website:, email or call 360-665-6041.

Eric Wiegardt speaks with Tom Morrow about the painting “San Juan Reflections” which Wiegardt donated to Peninsula Arts Association.  The artwork was completed from start to finish during PAA’s January General Membership Meeting in Ocean Park.  Wiegardt’s Studio Gallery, located at 2607 Bay Avenue in Ocean Park is open Wednesday through Saturday or call, 360-665-5976.


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