Artists of KAST 2018 – Continued

Artists of KAST 2018 – Continued 2018-05-07T11:33:01+00:00

Karen Klee-Atlin
| Printmaking | KAC

Originally from Toronto, Karen Klee-Atlin studied at the Ontario College of Art and received her MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Calgary. She has lived in many parts of Canada and the US as well as in Peru, the Philippines and Mexico, teaching art in schools and universities as well as pursuing her own studio work.

Karen now lives and works in Seattle and has her own printmaking and painting space, Blue House & Yellow Dog Studio. When starting a new series, Karen gathers images from a range of sources. She is also very influenced by her surroundings and this is reflected in her choice of imagery, medium and use of color. Karen works primarily in woodcut printmaking (reductive and multiple block) and her imagery is both figurative and landscape based.


Ranu Ladha
| Ceramics | KAC

Ranu Ladha is an up and coming ceramic artist at the Kirkland Arts Center (KAC) in the greater Seattle area.

Growing up in the bustling and vibrant metropolis of Bombay (India), Ranu was always fascinated with the balance of art, science and commerce during her school and college days. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in commerce, her innate sense of business came to the fore when she moved to Singapore, after getting married, with a start-up in garment retailing that grew virally, building up a solid clientele.

In 2013, Ranu, her husband and children, relocated to Seattle and it was only after arriving in the Pacific Northwest that she was introduced to the fascinating world of ceramic arts at KAC through her close friend. In the last 3 years, she has fully immersed herself in different styles of hand building and is currently working with low-fire terracotta clay. Her love for bright colors and bold patterns is often manifested in her clay creations. She also loves cooking and is now able to combine both her passions by serving the food she makes in her beautiful hand crafted bowls, plates and platters.


Susie Larsson
| Jewelry | Joanne Shellan Fine Art Studio

Ivan Mancera
| Painting & Sculpture | Artphorm Studio

Ivan Mancera has been painting for the last 40 years, he works in different mediums. He loves to paint nature and sometimes you can find him at a local park painting “Al fresco”. He moved from San Francisco to Kirkland 7 years ago and has participated in KAST several times.

Artphorm Studio

Jodie Sarah Masiwchuk
| Painting | Jodie Sarah Masiwchuk

Jodie studied Art and Art History at the University of Michigan and later worked as a designer at a graphic design firm. When her son was young, she pursued newspaper sydication and published
a book based on her comic strip, Suburban Sarah. As her son grew older, Jodie felt it was time for a change and picked up a paintbrush. Once she completed her first painting, a sleeping cat on a cloud, she felt she had found her niche and was hooked.

Jodie has settled on her own fresh, light-hearted style and her main focus is on painting companion animals in acrylic and watercolor. She is inspired by the comfort and unconditional love they give. It could be a humourous painting of a dog tearing up a dog-training book or one that highlights the sweet bond between a pet and their owner. “If the painting makes me smile, I find there are others that usually feel the same way.”

Jodie is a member of Seattle Women in Business, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts and also a proud supporter of Homeward Pet.

Jyothi Nookula
| Painting | KAC

Jyothi has been painting for the past 8 years and loves to spread the message of peace through her art. Every year, Jyothi regularly organizes a fundraiser for a cause and contributes her painting to the cause. She loves to explore the various mediums and paints in oil, acrylic and mixed media.


Rupa Palasamudram
| Ceramics | KAC

Rupa has been exploring clay for 19 years, since she first started taking classes at a community center in Boulder, Colorado. She is drawn to the wheel with a primary focus on making day-to-day functional ware. She enjoys altering the wheel thrown pieces to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces, with both function and aesthetics in mind. She often plays with integrating textures into her work. She is a teacher at heart and loves to teach both kids and adults. She has been a ceramics instructor at the Kirkland Arts Center since 2011, teaching both wheel throwing and handbuilding to beginning and intermediate level students.


Parklane Gallery
| Various Mediums | Parklane Gallery

Parklane Fine Art Gallery is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to local artists and the Eastside community’. The gallery presents a new featured exhibition at the front of the gallery each month and hosts both local and international showings, including a juried show for local artists in September, a National Small Works in December, and the International Juried Miniature Show in May.

Wayne Pennington
| Ceramics | KAC

Wayne has had all of his ceramics experience at Kirkland Arts Center.  Most of his work is either high fire stoneware from a gas kiln or low fire alternative firing methods, e.g. foil saggar or pit fire.  His decoration usually draws from the randomness of the various processes used.


Swati Petkar
| Painting | KAC

Inspired by the wonder that nature is, Swati dabbled into Painting to present her reflection on this wonder. She honed her skills and got professional training in Acrylic painting, using Charcoal, Mixed-media, Encaustic Art and Collage techniques. She has presented her art work at various art galleries in US and India.
Swati has been especially interested in the role a woman’s life cycle plays in continuation of nature. Through her art, she hopes to highlight the importance of a girl’s life in sustaining to the nature.


Donna Porter
| Painting & Ceramics | Donna Porter Studio

Donna is a process painter and sculptor.  Her colorful canvases make the viewer use her imagination.  She has a masters of fine art from the University of Washington, Her departure from the corporate world and a return to the university resulted in new careers as a teacher for children, adults of all ages and challenges, teachers…director, administrator for non-profits, school districts, on stage painter, production coordination in film, international lecturer and manager of trips plus.  She loves her friends, family, travel, using her imagination and laughter!

Brandi Reyna
| Painting | Donna Porter Studio

Brandi Reyna has studied art on and off her whole life, initially taking drawing and design classes at the University of Texas, San Antonio and most recently as a continuing student of watercolor, printmaking, and acrylics at the Kirkland Arts Center.

After a very long break from the Arts, and a full career with the United States Air Force, she found her way back to art while she was deployed half way around the world. She discovered the comfort that her paintings could bring to her fellow Airmen by giving them a piece of home while they were so far away. Using photos and very basic supplies, she created over 60 beautiful pet portrait keepsakes.

Now that she is back home, she is exploring different methods of adding texture, abstraction, and whimsey to her paintings, endeavoring to keep them fun, optimistic, and always colorful!

Brandi Reyna

Jill Sahlstrom
| Mixed Media | Arete

Margaret Shapiro
| Ceramics | KAC

Margaret Shapiro is a native of South Africa who has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. She has no formal art training, but worked out of a home studio in a Spokane before joining the KAC, where she has been mentored by Carol Gouthro, Pat Colyar and Karen White.
Margaret takes her inspiration primarily from tribal and ethnic designs, using color liberally. She does both hand building and wheel work.


Joanne Shellan
| Painting  | Joanne Shellan Fine Arts Studio

When your father and grandmother paint, you come by the addiction to the brush honestly. Painter Joanne Shellan says, “I always felt at home doing any kind of art, from as far back as I can remember.” Joanne Shellan, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, has studied and painted full-time for almost twenty years in Kirkland, WA. After graduating from WSU in Communications and Art, she worked at her family business until she began her second career as an artist. She recently studied under master painter, Liana Bennett, Kenmore, WA. Over her career, she has explored a variety of mediums moving from watercolors (in which she received her Signature Membership from the Northwest Watercolor Society) to acrylics and oils.

Shellan’s paintings have won dozens of awards including a first and second place award this past summer. She has been in over three dozen group shows and had almost two dozen solo shows. She was chosen to represent Washington State in a year-long solo show at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, WA in 2012-2013. Two of Joanne’s donated paintings were auctioned for $10,000. Her work is part of the permanent collection at Evergreen Hospital (Kirkland, WA) and the Strom Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island, WA. The Seattle Public Library’s Foundation used one of her images for all their media in 2015. She is represented by several fine art galleries in Oregon and Washington. Shellan also co-started the Kirkland Artist Studio Tour which is now entering its twelfth year.

A consistent theme in her impressionist style paintings has been to push the boundaries of color and use strong compositions to support her bold brushstrokes. “I like to paint subjects that are a little off the beaten path, especially small groups of people in interiors, city and landscapes.” To help keep her painting style loose,
she likes to turn her paintings upside down and then take off her glasses.

Shellan annually commits 25% of her profits to local charities and donates her artwork to dozens of charity auctions. You can learn more about Joanne’s art at her website.

Kristy Swanson
| Painting | KAC

Kristy Swanson is a self-taught artist. She began her creative career in the salon industry as a hair colorist. She has since expanded her repertoire to include other mediums, including acrylics, encaustic, inks, and photography. She likes to create pieces that are colorful, playful, and abstract, allowing the viewer to draw their own interpretation of what they are seeing.

Lynn Trepp
| Mixed Media | Arete

Lynn Trepp engages in the adventure of exploring materials, forms, shapes, light, color, space and structure.  Lynn designs concepts, prototypes and functional objects such as clocks, tables, lamps and digital color prints.  Lynn explores a mix of industrial and natural materials such as reclaimed granite and marble stone tile, and walnut, bamboo, cedar, teak and sugar cane wood, brass and steel.  Lynn’s concepts and built objects may be viewed at

Lynn earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design, from the University of Washington, and an MBA from University of Southern California.  Lynn has taught studio courses at a design college in Beijing. Lynn currently teaches Design Thinking online through NewSchool of Architecture + Design in San Diego and Domus Academy of Design in Milan.  Lynn also offers consulting and workshops in innovation and design thinking, for both business professionals and creative professionals.


Joann Wadge
| Ceramics | Joanne Shellan Fine Art Studio

Joann Wadge is a native of Canada who moved to the Seattle area in 1998. She works as a psychotherapist and began experimenting in clay in 2010 while taking classes and workshops at the Kirkland Arts Center.

Joann’s ceramic sculptures are organic in form and inspired by the multitude of images in the natural world. Her process is strictly intuitive; clay anchors her to the earth, informs her sense of place in the world and fires her imagination. When Joann creates, she chooses to re-imagine, not replicate these natural objects and uses them as springboards to create her organic work. The clay pieces are a puzzle made up of converging parts; curved, straight and intuitively assembled.

Joann’s sculptural artwork primarily consists of hand building techniques. She takes a piece of raw clay and gives it a textured existence. Joann uses different glazes, stains, and firing techniques to achieve the colors of her inspirations. Metal, wood, and other materials may be added to elaborate or exaggerate the sculptural narrative. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.

Joann’s artwork is in private residences in Canada and the U.S. She juried into the 2016 Kirkland Art Center Artists’ Exhibit and is a participant in the Kirkland Artist Studio Tour. She is a member of the Artists Outside the
Box group and is also an EAFA member

Coralyn Whitney
| Jewelry | Coralyn W Whitney Gallery

After retiring from the faculty of the U of W, Coralyn pursued her lifelong passion of gems, rocks, and jewelry, obtaining her GIA graduate gemologist and AJP credentials.  Her love of gems & stones has evolved into an “of the earth” jewelry style, utilizing them extensively in her designs for their unique traits … color, shape, texture, luster, & clarity … all at the heart of each piece she designs.  A variety of hand-crafted wire and sheet metal components are incorporated to enhance the beauty of the gemstones.  Each piece of jewelry is a fun, one-of-a-kind, arty adornment!

Katherine Wright
| Painting | Ojoy Studio

Katherine Wright is a native of Seattle. Her life as an artist started early, having attended Cornish School for Allied Arts in 1971. She was an instructor of architectural graphics and perspective at WSU in 1974 and continues to teach this subject.

A Washington State University graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture, and a Licensed Architect, she began creating illustration for architects and realtors in 1992, eventually adding watercolors and mixed media to her milieu. Over the years she has illustrated numerous projects, taught architectural illustration and watercolor.

Katherine chose to enter into the world Professional Architectural Illustration in 2001. Currently she is a self employed Artist & Architect. While living in Italy from 2005 to 2013, she had the opportunity to dedicate time to watercolors, and showed as a watercolor artist in many Italian venues. For 2 years was the manager of K2 Art Gallery, Giovinazzo, Italy.

Her passion is art, architecture, en plein air work, travel & Italy. Her studies include skiing, watercolor & mixed media, yoga and meditation.