10-2017 Exhibit – Smile: Humor and Whimsy

Open Oct 5 to 29


Humor: an appreciation of the incongruous.... Whimsical: a fanciful or fantastic device, object or creation.
-Webster’s 3rd International Dictionary

A juried exhibit celebrating the humorous and whimsical in art. Open to all media, this show celebrates the fantastical and amusing, incongruous and ironical. Juror Kathleen Moles selected 70 pieces from 53 artists from Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Island counties. Moles said: Many things make us smile; in general I looked for a sense of lightness, staying away from darker humor. The absurd, the curious and often animals can make us smile.

Juror's Choice Award - Glitter Bomb by Julie Read. This painting is an example of dark comedy, an incongruous mixing of frame, image and media, beautifully executed - Juror Moles

People's Choice Award - Paul Polson's painting, Believe in Ferries, was the favorite

Merit Award - Felix the Flat Cat by Janice Speck

Merit Award - Stroll by Jeff Lark

Merit Award - Hide and Seek by Yukio Iraha


Kathleen Moles is the curator at the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) in La Conner, a position she resumed in July 2016, after serving as curator of exhibitions there from 2008-2013. Kathleen was named Northwest Legacy Projects Curator at MoNA in April 2017. She was also curator of art at Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham (2006-08). In addition Kathleen is a writer and editor focusing on Northwest art. Recent contributions to publications include Maenam: Of Water, of Light (2015, Marrowstone Press), Emerge 2014 (2014, Bullseye Glass Company), and Gayle Bard: A Singular Vision (2013, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art). Moles has bachelor's degrees from Columbia University and the University of Washington, and a master's degree from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.


AK Anderson
Patti Barrett
Mike Biskup
Shari Bray
Shelley Brown
Kathy Constantine
M. E. Davis
David Deardoff
Carolyn Doe
Jan Dove
Carol Durbin
Suzanne Eller
Kathey Ervin
Kate Fox
Mary Franchini
S. Gansert Shaw
M Hall
Pat Herkal
Heather Hicks
Kim Hoppe
Yukio Iraha
Maryann Kirkby
Cheri Kopp
Gloria Lamson
Jeff Lark

Selden McKee
Elizabeth Mention
Nancy Merrill
Marian Morris
Harold Nelson
Bill NeSmith
Erica Nordean
Stephanie Oliveira
Mitchel Osborne
Paul Polson
Sharon Railey
Judith Rayl
Julie Read
Elizabeth Reutlinger
Johnny Rickenbacher
Sandra Rouverol
Karen Rozbicki Stringer
Kim Simonelli
Kathleen Snow
Janice Speck
Raquel Stokes
Jean-Marie Tarascio
Fred Thumhart
Linda Tilley
Louise Tragard
Charles Van Gilder
Pam Walker
Cathie Wier
Stephen Yates

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