Grover Gallery will feature the work of teaching artists from Northwind Art School

PORT TOWNSEND — Northwind Art is urging people to start planning for fall artmaking with a new exhibit featuring the work of seven teaching artists at Northwind Art School in Building 306 in Fort Worden.

The Northwind Art School Teaching Artists exhibition will be on view from Saturday to November 28 at the Grover Gallery, 236 Taylor St., Port Townsend. The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Monday.

“Artist Darsie Beck will be featured in the showcase gallery,” said Sandra Petranek, sales associate for the Grover Gallery.

“Darsie will also be teaching Travel Journal Sketching on Saturday and Sunday October 1 and 2 in Building 306 at Fort Worden.”

Beck’s classes focus on teaching everyone, from beginners to advanced, so they learn to experience the ease of working with watercolor pencils, micron pens and waterbrushes, according to a press release.

Julie Read is another well-known long-time teaching artist at the school. Her next course, Paint with Acrylics Level 1, will be on September 7th.

She will also be teaching a weekend favorite, Paint and Pizza: Paint a Western Flyer, on September 9 to celebrate the three-day Wooden Boat Festival, which begins that day.

This class is for ambitious beginners and will be held downtown at the Jeanette Best Gallery, 701 Water St., where students will paint while being offered pizza, beer, wine and cookies.

Dana Sullivan, the beloved author and illustrator of the Dead Max series and more than 20 picture books and graphic novels, will teach picture books and graphic novels on September 7 to students aged 15 at the ‘adulthood.

This is a course for illustrators and writers who want to learn how to tell their stories and learn more about how the publishing world works.

Throughout the Grover Gallery exhibition, several artists will be giving live demonstrations over the weekend.

In addition to Beck, Read and Sullivan, artists featured in this exhibition include Nonie Gaines, Tracy Bigelow Grisman, Meg Kaczyk and Suzanne Lamon.

For more about the artists and their classes, see

Kayleen C. Rice