Nocturne ~ Night Scenes with Angela Bandurka & Ron Stocke

July brings us longer days and beautiful summer nights. We wanted to celebrate and explore the beauty of the evening – the alluring city lights and  and the bewitching night skies – in our upcoming exhibit ‘Nocturne ~ Night Scenes featuring Angela Bandurka & Ron Stocke’.

From Angela Bandurka:

 “I’ve been drawing to painting night scenes for a couple of years, beginning in my studio painting candles. The light is so unique when you paint in the dark – and the challenge of painting with a small lamp on my canvas and palette are exhilarating. This upcoming series of nocturnal images deal with a city at night, and looking into store windows and the peaceful solitude of the city in the evening after the shops have closed. I used resource photography for most of the paintings I’m working on this time around, which presents its own challenges. Getting to my settings before it’s fully dark, but allowing the contrast to be heightened after the sun sets. Playing with cool and warm light sources. I limited my palette, using no black but instead a mix of browns and blues for my darks which allowed me to switch between warm and cool darks easily without making my painting look heavy or muddy. I have really enjoyed painting these pieces and look forward to continuing the series.”

From Ron Stocke:

“Night scenes can be a challenge for watercolorist. Most of the time the sky is our lightest value in a painting, but when painting a nocturnal piece, your darkest values are usually in the sky. This presents a challenge of where to begin your piece. For me, it’s all about the light. Daylight can be more harsh with a single, bright light source coming from above. Night scenes can be lit by multiple sources of light in any direction, in different color temperatures, and with varied shadows. This gives me the freedom to play with lost and found edges, to create interesting and dramatic reflections, and silhouetted figures – all of which can really impact the mood of the painting. This series was exhilarating to create as it was technically challenging and at the same time allowed for some exciting artistic expression.”

Join us for a special evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres, celebrating these artists at the Nocturne Show on Saturday July 9th, 6:30-9:00pm.


Bliss can be found, just outside our front door!

DSC_0058 croppedWe are thrilled to have David Varnau’s sculpture “Ananda” installed right outside of our front entrance, facing 5th Avenue! This piece began to impact the Downtown Edmonds Community from the moment that David began installing it and will continue to stop passersby on a daily basis, exuding beauty and grace. David knew that “Ananda” was destined to be public art, here, he tells her story:

“I feel honored to have had the opportunity today to install one of my recent sculptures outside the entrance to Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. It was great fun talking to passersby as I set up the sculpture and anchored it to the sidewalk. The sculpture is entitled, Ananda, which means Bliss in Sanskrit. When sculpting the piece, I endeavored to create an image that portrays a female who is both centered and grounded as she stands in a variation of the yoga pose called Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, or “pigeon pose”. Why did I decide to sculpt it? Yoga poses intrigue and inspire me because they provide the opportunity for an image with very dynamic lines that create visual interest and provoke the intriguing question, “how does she do that?” Further, with the more challenging poses such as this, our eyes are struck by the sheer beauty and power of the female form.

After installing the sculpture in front of Cole Gallery, I returned the following day to photograph the piece when the afternoon sun was bathing it in sunlight. As I was doing so, I glanced down at the sidewalk at the base of the sculpture pedestal and noticed the telltale signs of dogs having peed there, marking their territory much like they might next to a fire hydrant. Ah, the hazards to which public art is exposed!”

~David Varnau


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Michelle Waldele-Dick’s “Tales and Treasures” Show Gains Momentum in the Local Community!

MichelleWDFirstQuilt16x20_2000As we celebrate Realism in the month of November, we are highlighting the art of Michelle Waldele-Dick with her new show titled “Tales and Treasures”.  Inspired by fond childhood memories of summers at Oregon’s Cape Lookout coastal town and beach, Michelle creates stories from the treasures she found as a child and her favorite places as an adult. From her garden, surrounded by flowers, birds and bugs, to her collection of antique toys, Michelle’s paintings carry joyful tales of whimsy and delight.

Describing her inspiration, Michelle states, “My paintings are a glimpse into the parts of the world that I love and am drawn to.  The antiques found in my paintings are often duplicates of things I would have found at my Grandmother’s house, or objects that help me tell some of my favorite stories, fairy tales and classic literature like Dickens. I love the illusion of reality in realism, the idea that a person can imagine themselves in the world of the painting.”

As a Bothell resident, Michelle’s show gained recognition from the Bothell/Kenmore Reporter. The local community of Edmonds has also given Michelle’s show attention, you can view the press release on the Edmonds Beacon’s website. Check out Michelle’s entire show at Cole Gallery on our website!



Artist Angela Bandurka recently created an acrylic 40×12 inch painting titled Stacked featuring stacked teacups. The painting is now on display at Cole Gallery.


Read what Angela has to say about the process of painting these stacked teacups.

Step one: The setup. I grabbed a bunch of varying sized teacups and saucers, played around with the arrangements until I got one that I liked. Here I have a variety of patterns and solid colors that are stacked together with the largest on the bottom moving up to the smallest ones on top. I had to use some museum putty to hold them together like that.


Step two: Since the strong light source was coming from the right side and I set up a neutral gray background behind the setup.

Step three: I played around with my viewfinder to see how the stack would fit best on the canvas.


Step four: I prepped my canvas. First, I applied Golden Light Modeling Paste, followed 24 hours later by a coat of Liquitex Clear Gesso mixed with Golden Fluid Acrylic in Napthol Red Light.

Step five: The drawing goes on with a pastel pencil in a shade that will not make my colors look muddy when it mixes with my paint. I chose a warm ochre.


Step six: Redo. I felt like the drawing was too low on the canvas—there was too much negative space in the top area, so I wiped it off with a damp towel and started again. The drawing is the most important part so you need to get it right.


Step seven: Next I laid in the darkest darks of the background— the “table” and shadow.


Step eight: Working one teacup at a time, I was able to keep my paint wet on the canvas, which allowed for blending. Acrylic paints dry fairly quickly so working with a large brush and completing one shape at a time is essential when creating a realistic effect.


Step nine: The final step after completing all the teacups was to re-do the background. I applied the paint very thick from my yogurt cups, working with loose brushstrokes to create texture in the background.

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Exotic Finger Paintings

Finger painter Iris Scott creates gorgeous paintings using her fingers encased in surgical gloves. She discovered the technique while living in Thailand. One day, deciding not to take the time to clean her brushes for a new color, she put a new color on her painting with her fingers. Iris states, “I knew within 10 strokes that finger painting with oils was what I would spend the rest of my life doing.”

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Cole Gallery has the privilege of showcasing Iris Scott’s Thailand collection of paintings this month. This collection of original paintings inspired by a last minute excursion to Thailand this past winter include street scenes, animals and figuratives, all full of color and life.

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Engaging paintings titled “My Thai…” fill out this show. Paintings such as My Thai Floating Market, My Thai Boat Painter, and My Thai Train Ride are just a few of these new paintings you can view.

We are having a reception on Saturday, March 16 at Cole Gallery from 6:30 to 8:30pm. You are invited to come meet Iris and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and special dessert treats from the Shorecrest Culinary Arts Program!

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Figuratively Speaking

It’s my opinion that purchasing an original piece of art should evoke some sort of internal emotion. Working here in the gallery is most definitely a feast for the eyes. Being surrounded by such masterful pieces, created by such gifted artists is, well…it doesn’t suck.

Although, I certainly have some pieces I enjoy personally, more than others, nothing has spoken to me lately like the work of our newest addition to the Cole Galley, Ilene Gienger-Stanfield. As we prepared to hang her pieces for the April art walk, I kept gravitating to one piece in particular. Delayed Departure somehow touched me on a level that said, “I have to take you home.”


This figurative piece is breathtaking in its simplicity and honesty, color and technique. I love the way the sun is reflected in the details.  The brush strokes are bold and simple up close, but in its entirety, the painting is complex.

This is the fourth piece in as many years that I’ve added to my slowly growing collection. As I think back to what prompted my purchasing decisions, I find that it all goes back to the emotional connection. Figurative works seem to “speak” to me, the setting and  atmosphere the artist portrays, offer me comfort and delight in reminding me of a similar experience

 (Contributed by Jill Freeman, Cole Gallery Gallerina)

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My Sophie’s World

Papa, Why are we in here again?  Why do you keep bringing me here?

Because of the art, child.  This is an art shop.  People paint and carve and construct these beautiful things with their own hands, their own eyes, their minds, and their hearts.

Their hearts, Papa?

Yes, Sophie, their hearts too.  I bring you here because a noble soul, like the one inside of you, must surround itself with beauty, with things like these.  In a place like this, everywhere you look you see something that startles not just your heart, but your mind and your eye too. Being around these beautiful things makes you larger inside of yourself.  Sometimes it feels like your floating, it feels so good.  Being around these things makes you wiser too.

What’s wiser, Papa?

It means you think more deeply, that you can see things more clearly, that you understand how the world works, because you’ve looked at it longer and seen more than most people.  It means you are awake, that you are alive in the presence of things, not asleep and just wandering aimlessly through the world.

I want you to learn to be awake like that, Sophie.  I want you to love beauty, to make it part of your life.  You see, what I want for you is happiness.  That’s why I bring you here.  Do you understand?

Kinda, Papa.  I know I like how you talk about this place, and I like watching your eyes looking at these things.  I like how your voice sounds strong and sweet at the same time when you tell me about them.  I know I’m happy when I’m with you here.  Is that what you mean?

Yes, child.  That’s what I mean.  And one day, maybe you can do the same for your granddaughter too.

~Contributed by Dan Doyle. Dan is a semi-retired professor of English and Humanities at Seattle University.  He writes a weekly blog for an on-line charity site called, and has published poems on and web sites.  He also babysits his almost 3 year old granddaughter two days a week.

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