The tulips are splendid this year in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington. Thousands of people come to walk the fields, surrounded by a sea of saturated color. As beautiful as it looks in photos, standing in the field with color as far as you can see just transports you to another place entirely.
As part of the yearly tulip celebration the city of Anacortes (gateway to the San Juan Islands) presents a fine art and craft exhibition, Art in Bloom, in the old train depot. This year I had three pieces in the exhibition and I was in wonderful company. Twenty-nine of us showed our work. The opening on April 11th was lots of fun, seeing artist friends and meeting a few new ones.
Here's my back, hanging out with Dona Reed's impressive carved & painted gourds.
And here are new paintings from Cathy Shoenberg, perfectly large and luminous. They seem to sit just fine next to all the old train station waiting room graffiti.
What a beautiful way to welcome spring to the Northwest. Netherlands, eat our dust.
Steph Mader is a full-time glass artist living on Whidbey Island in Washington State.