Artists of KAST 2017

Artists of KAST 2017 2017-12-14T17:41:18+00:00

Discover the 50+ KAST 2017 artists!  Artists are listed alphabetically by last name.

Vineeta Agarwal
| Ceramics | Studio 11

Vineeta Agarwal studied Ceramics in India and taught at KRVI college of Architecture and Cathedral High School. She is currently practicing at Kirkland Arts Center.


Beverly Ash Gilbert
| Painting & Fiber Art | Studio 15

Beverly Ash Gilbert is a multimedia artist, author, teacher, and consultant whose work with color engages with artists and art enthusiasts. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications; on tennis wear worn by Lleyton Hewitt in the 2015 US Open; and for advertising, signage, websites, and blogs including Martha Stewart Living and LizzyKate Tea. Beverly teaches at the Kirkland Arts Center and is an artist in residence for the LWSD. Students from around the world attend her creative retreats on Whidbey Island. She is currently working on her 5th book.

Betz Bernhard
| Fiber Art | Studio 2

I’ve been making post election pillows that express my feelings about the state of our country. The pillows are made of wool with felt applique and embroidery. I plan to have a minimum of 10 pillows for sale.

 Shima Bharma
| Painting | Studio 11

Shima Bhamra studied at London Institute s of Arts. Primarily focus on painting oils on canvas and Acrylics.

She has been an artist all her life, and in recent years has focused on the female form and discusses feminism today. Also she has a strong use of color and texture having grown from a rich cultural background has a tremendous influence on her style and voice.  Shima is a contemporary artist with a strong education in male dominated traditional arts.

Shima specialized in Screen Printing and Surface decoration gaining a distinction in her final exhibition.

Instagram: #shimastar
Facebook: @shimastar13

Cheryl Brown
| Mixed Media | Studio 5

Cheryl Brown is a collage artist, born, raised and living in the Pacific Northwest.  She has a BA in Recreation Administration and a minor in art from Eastern Washington University, and works full time for Seattle Parks and Recreation.  She has been an avid quilter, book maker and collage artist for years, developing her “Common Bird” series over the last three years.  Cheryl enjoys the interaction with people that showing her work at festivals brings, winning the best artist award at the 2016 Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.  On the Board of Directors for the Northwest Arts Alliance, she currently lives in Edmonds where she is beginning plans to build a backyard studio over the summer.


Robin Carnahan
| Painting | Studio 14


Courtney Cooke
| Mixed Media & Graphic Design | Studio 16

Join those across the US and Canada who have sought and reveled in Courtney Beshear Cooke’s talents. In love with the refined and elegant drawings of a Nutcracker Ballet coloring book as a child, Courtney has been recreating the beauty of that world ever since through visual and performing arts. Proclaimed a “true Artist” by world renowned Ballerina Violette Verdy, Courtney has a unique emotional and clever quality to her work whether as a professional ballet dancer/choreographer, a fashion designer for a major international retailer, the creative visionary and graphic designer for HealingTee, or in her current mixed media work “This Sweet Life”. “This Sweet Life” is about savoring the sweet things and moments of life, the subjects drawn from her moments of happy. The other portion of her work, HealingTee, features mindful messages through graphic design on tanks and tees. The healing messages are about connecting us to our greatness so we may enjoy our sweetest life. They can be found online at Courtney holds degrees in ballet from Indiana University and Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Design in LA.


Susan Derrick
| Painting & Mixed Media | Studio 10

Susan Derrick creates mixed media paintings by probing the physicality of her materials. Her Figurative and Butterfly Series’ explore the image and surface as equally important subject matter. Thick impasto and gestural brushstrokes are created and destroyed by scratching and scraping into the surface, leaving fragments of earlier information. Her figures emerge within richly textured layers of atmospheric color, addressing issues of beauty, time and impermanence.

Susan Derrick was born and raised in southern New York. She earned a BFA in painting from Alfred University, NY and she worked for 10 years as a commercial illustrator before moving to Redmond, Washington in 1995. Susan Derrick is an award winning artist and has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

 Merrily Dicks
| Painting | Studio 4

Merrily Dicks shows at ryan james fine art gallery.


Michael Dickter
| Painting | Studio 2

Michael grew up in NYC and lives and works in Kirkland. He studied at SUNY Cortland and the Art Students League.

Art has always been a tool to express our communication with and our wonderment of the natural world. Never a direct reproduction of what we see in front of us, a piece of art always carries with it our stories and our connections. Birds, flowers and animals all talk to Michael of our shared experiences; connection and isolation, love and loss, permanence and impermanence. He paints to tell a story of beauty of loss and hope.
With marks and drips, with paint and pencil, and through a series of small decisions and struggles a painting is made. His work tries to tell that story.

EAFA Gallery
| Painting & Sculpture | Studio 3

EAFA, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, is a non-profit art organization that provides support, opportunities, and continuing education for artists. EAFA Gallery host a variety of shows, Abstract, Members, and Open. The First Eight will be a show focusing on eight EAFA members and their art including works of  Sheila Duffort, Jodie Sarah Masiwchuk, Linda Harris, Rodger Squirrell, Jean Beuoy and Joan Wittler.

Crystal Edwards
| Mixed Media & Painting | Studio 12

Nancy and Chris Fox
| Glass & Photography & Mixed Media | Studio 8

Nancy Paulson Fox is a Kirkland artist who has spent the past few years exploring the art of fused glass. She enjoys creating unique artisan products of timeless style to use, collect and display.

Chris Fox is a Kirkland photographer who focuses on regional subjects but also transcends geographic boundaries in his photography which is both motivational and invigorating.

Nancy and Chris are now combining their talents to create new items of art…an eclectic mix of classic sophistication and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll!

Sherri Gamble
| Glass & Printmaking | Studio 4

Sherri Gamble is a Seattle-based artist who channels her love of the physicality of art-making. Texture is the under-current, as each form and surface creates a story of its own. In the studio, she is often found working with plaster and other gritty sculptural materials. A decorative plaster artisan by trade, she has performed over 320 interior artisan finishes for design projects across the US. The ability to develop a narrative for her client’s homes through her interior artistry is what ignites and excels her work.

In continuing to unearth her creativity, she began her journey in glass casting in 2009. She enjoys the method of casting as a way to preserve a moment and tell a story. It is through this process that the soul of a material is felt and experienced.

To honor and share her passion for art, she teaches and facilitates public art events in Seattle and Chicago. Through receiving several scholarships to Pilchuck Glass School and Pittsburgh Glass Center, her talent for story-telling through texture continues to grow.

Anna Geiger
| Painting & Ceramics & Mixed Media | Studio 13

Anna-Julia was born in Hamburg, Germany and moved to Seattle in 2013.
After receiving a Masters degree in education and visual arts she worked as a teacher in Brazil, Africa and Germany. When she moved to the US she started teaching, joined a gallery and realized her life long dream to open ANNA’S ART LAB.

Wherever Anna lived, art moved with her. In Brazil for example, she worked in an SOS child development village and portrait many of the kids who lived there, which were later shown in an exhibition in Lüneburg, Germany.

Besides teaching art at Anna’s Art Lab, Anna uses her unique space for herself to create pottery, textile work, to paint and to sculpture.

Diana Grant
| Painting | Studio 3

Diana Grant became a full-time artist in 2008 and paints abstracts and landscapes. She is now working on abstract landscapes.

She studied art at the UW, Kirkland Arts Center and Gage Academy. She shows her work at the artEAST Gallery in Issaquah and other venues in the Puget Sound region.

She is a member of the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, artEAST, and Artists Outside the Box.

Joy Hagen
| Encaustic Painting | Studio 1

Joy Hagen is a painter in encaustic medium. Having grown up in Seattle, the daughter of a forester, the strength, endurance and beauty of trees and the lush forest undergrowth of the Pacific Northwest are Hagen’s sustenance and inspiration. Hot melted bees wax, resin, and wood are the products she uses to express the complexities of emotion a walk in the woods evokes. Her paintings are contemporary, tactile and organic in nature with a Northwest point of view.

Hagen regularly exhibits at Studio 103 in Seattle. Recent honors include a 2015 King County Open 4Culture grant; Centrum residencies in Pt. Townsend in 2015, and 2016; and The Artists Magazine Finalist in 2012 and 2014. Her work is in the permanent collections of City of Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection, Swedish Medical Group (Redmond and Everett), Swedish Cancer Institute in Edmonds, and City of Kenmore. Hagen lives and works out of her home studio in Kirkland, Washington.

Julie Hammerquist
| Painting | Studio 6

Julie Hammerquist is a local artist and art instructor living in Kirkland. Art in some form has always been a part of her life. She was drawing at the age of three, using oils by eight, and has continued to add new media and techniques over the years.

Many of Julie’s paintings recall memories of living in Europe and other places she has visited over the years. She enjoys exploring color, contrast of shadows and dappled light in her work. Oils, watercolors, or soft pastels are used for these works depending upon the mood desired. Her abstract works are usually created using acrylics with the addition of a variety of decorative papers.

For the past several years, Julie has discovered a new passion in teaching art to children. She encourages her students to develop a spirit of independence in their work and a desire to experiment, thus discovering their own artistic voices. One of the benefits of teaching is that she is always exploring new techniques for her students.

Milan Heger
| Painting & Mixed Media | Studio 4

Artist Milan Heger embarked on the road of creating art as a young man in Czechoslovakia. Since moving to the US in 1998 he has poured his passion for creation into mixed media artworks on canvas, paper and panel. In these unique and original hallmarks of his soulful art expression Milan Heger looks for the essence of what makes us human.

His artworks are cherished in numerous private and corporate international collections.

Artist Milan Heger embarked on the road of creating art as a young man in Czechoslovakia. Since moving to the US in 1998 he has poured his passion for creation into mixed media artworks on canvas, paper and panel. In these unique and original hallmarks of his soulful art expression Milan Heger looks for the essence of what makes us human.
His artworks are cherished in numerous private and corporate international collections.

Lendy Hensley
| Painting | Studio 6

Seattle painter Lendy Hensley finds inspiration in small moments that are largely overlooked. Using these small moments she changes the colors and the forms of her subject in a search for harmony between representation and abstraction. As co-founder of the Seattle Artist League, she enjoys both teaching a taking classes at the League as a way to connect with other artist and artistic ideals.


Kei Hirose
| Ceramics | Studio 11

Barbara Hostetler
| Ceramics & Jewelry | Studio 7

Barbara has a strong passion for nature which seems to always display itself in her art. Her work has many fluid shapes and textures based on natural things. She enjoys creating with encaustics, water color, fused glass, jewelry and photography but her favorite is ceramics. She loves exploring ways to incorporate ideas, from the other forms of art that I do, into my ceramic pieces.

Barbara went to college at the UW and majored in botany. She took as many art courses as she could get into. In recent years, she had studied with Steve Kemp and Susan Dunn on Cape Cod. She also studied with Regnior Reinholdsen and Carol Gouthro at the Kirkland Arts Center. In 2015 Barbara received a honorable mention for sculpture at the Kenmore Art Show. In 2016 she received third place at the same show.

Howard/Mandville Gallery
| Painting & Sculpture | Studio 17

With over 4,000 square feet of gallery space, Howard/Mandville Gallery offers one of the largest collections of fine art in the greater Puget Sound area. We are located just minutes from Seattle, in a charming lakeside enclave of boutiques, galleries and restaurants in the heart of downtown Kirkland.   Our gallery represents over 60 regional and nationally acclaimed artists and features a continuous rotation of solo shows and group exhibitions. We invite you to step inside for a tour of our outstanding selection of paintings, bronze sculpture, glass and more.

Howard/Mandville Gallery presents Wanderlust – An invitational landscape exhibition featuring over 50 leading North American artists.  The exhibition will open on Friday, May 12th with a reception from 5-8pm and continue through June 4th.  All paintings are available for purchase and will be sold on a first come basis.

Each artist will present one or two new paintings interpreting the landscape with their own personal vision and style.  From contemporary realism to impressionism, they will translate nature’s vastness, grandeur and intricate complexities onto canvas, taking the viewer on a visual journey from coast to coast.

Kerry Itami
| Mixed Media & Painting | Studio 11

Kerry’s art journey includes drawing portraits, landscapes, silkscreens, ceramics, and painting water scenes and sunsets. She started exploring her love of abstract art in a challenging abstract drawing class a few years ago. From there on, she has devoted her visual career to Abstract expressionist painting with Mixed Media.

Besides her passion for visual art, she also holds a degree in Music. Her creative outlets include, but are not limited to, painting and composing music. Growing up and living in different parts of the world, her rich cultural background guides the creation of her art.

Kerry currently lives and works in Kirkland, Washington.

Lyla Jacobsen
| Painting | Studio 5

Lyla Jacobsen is a representational painter, lately more an impressionist. Her subject matter ranges from NW Beach scenes, floral, landscape, but primarily figurative work. And for fun throws in a little abstract.

Growing up in Alberta, Canada, was the beginning of a close connection with nature for Lyla. Art appreciation exposure during elementary school was a small packet of postcard size images of paintings by the noted “Group Of Seven” Canadian artists. She especially liked A Y Jackson. Thus was the beginning of her artistic journey.

Retiring from a nursing career and joining a few art groups was a turning point in becoming serious about painting and studying with local Art Instructors. She has been juried into and sold work in shows in Oregon, Alberta, and many local shows.

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