Board of Directors

Carol Ann Anderson

Carol Ann Anderson

President

Carol Ann has obtained her skills over her lifetime. From sewing, knitting, and crocheting with her grandmother; to drawing and illustrating with her fashion illustrator mother; to making jewelry with the Navajo Nation.

Currently, Carol Ann creates fiber art, wire wrapped items, as well as takes photographs and dabbles in watercolor and acrylics. 

Though she prefers to spend her time promoting the arts through her participation in three art guilds, Carol Ann has also participated in numerous juried art exhibitions over the years.

Belinda Botzong

Belinda Botzong

Vice President of Marketing

Belinda is a mixed-media artist that only recently discovered her creative side. Her inspiration comes from discarded, natural, and textural objects and visiting “junk” stores.

Belinda repurposes these found objects into her own creations, to enhance their beauty and function. Utilizing scanography and a technique she developed called “Petals as Paint” to complete her finished product.

To spread her passions, Belinda offers drop-in studio hours for people to come pour candles, make spa products, paper crafts, and, of course, paint with petals.

 

Lorraine M. Day

Lorraine M. Day

Vice President of Programs

Lorraine enjoys manipulated photography by artists Alfred Stieglitz, Clarence White, and Sally Mann.

She aims to follow in the footsteps of these photographers and to reveal the timelessness of the human experience. Lorraine achieves this with the use of selective-focus lenses, in-camera technology, and digital brushes.

Beth Franklin

Beth Franklin

Vice President of Shows

Beth has found her passion for creating art is expressing her love of nature. Her favorite subjects are located in estuaries where the river meets the sea. This magical place is an important part of her life as an artist, a member of a commercial fishing family, and as a human with a loving connection to the earth.

She makes acrylic paintings, paintings on silk, botanical prints on silk, and photographs. She hopes to share the beauty located in nature to create an awareness of preservation of these amazing spaces.

Peggy Alexander

Peggy Alexander

Vice President of Whatcom Art Market

Peggy studied art at Olympic College. While there, she learned techniques in watercolor, chalk, drawing, and sculpture. Over the years, she has taken classes in photography, glass painting, stain glass, acrylics, beading, and metalsmithing. 

One might describe her designs as very eclectic. With her specialty being taking a piece and reworking it by either restructuring or painting it into an entirely new look.

 

Phyllis Howard

Phyllis Howard

Secretary

Phyllis creates with pencil, acrylic, fiber, clay and mixed-media works. Her art tends to be bold and dramatic while working in many styles. She creates realistic animal drawings; textured abstracts; and stacked, cut, and woven works on canvas.

She is a founding member of the Whatcom Art Market in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington. Her work can be found at the Whatcom Art Market and in private collections across the country.

James E. Weaver

James E. Weaver

Treasurer

James wanted to be a photographer throughout the years. Then fifteen years ago, an image of a koi fish appeared on the viewfinder of his camera; the photograph was so clear and sharp that he said, “Now I know what I will be doing after I retire.”

That photo along with 20,000-plus since then, make up his current processing inventory. It, plus 100 or so, have appeared on greeting cards, mousepads, mugs, and prints, and have sold online, locally, and at the Whatcom Art Market.

Mechel Bell

Mechel Bell

Membership Director

 Mechel works as an art teacher and nature photographer in the Skagit Valley. Recently, she had taken an interest in plein air painting, studio painting, and drawing.
 
Her works can be found online and at gallery shows in Skagit and Whatcom County. She and her husband, Brad Bell, are also creating custom creations for local artists through their at-home workshop, Bell Custom Studio.
June Kiefer

June Kiefer

Trustee

June attended college in Spokane, Washington to study advertising art. In 1976, her design was chosen as the official logo for Washington State Advisory Council on Vocational Education. In 1994, her logo was chosen for the City of Lynden. And a painting of hers was published in the Summer 2016 issue of Airstream Magazine.

She works in different mediums, but prefers using watercolor and acrylics. It is a pleasure for her to record and preserve the moment before her. She has participated in numerous shows and venues, and continues to incorporate art in her everyday life.

Pam Pontious

Pam Pontious

Trustee

Pam has professionally designed and made collectible bears and other characters for over 35 years. She uses high quality imported European mohair and plush fabrics. Many of her creations feature internal armatures and hand-made costumes that bring her creations to “life.”

Pam’s work has been featured in Teddy Bear Review, Teddy Bears & Friends, Teddy Bear Times, and among other publications. She has won numerous awards, including the TOBY international award.

Standing Chairs

Caroline Schauer

Caroline Schauer

Activities Co-Chair

Kay Dee Powell

Kay Dee Powell

Activities Co-Chair

Janice Hartwell

Janice Hartwell

Special Events

Joyce Norfolk

Joyce Norfolk

Newsletter Editor

Kenneth Kearney

Kenneth Kearney

Webmaster