Artwork by Southwest Washington and Oregon artists.

July 2016 Featured Artists

Join us at First Thursday, July 7  to meet the featured artists: Mary Kohlschmidt, Fran Ladlow, Karen Leback, and Joyce Hudson.

Mingle with fellow art lovers in historic downtown Longview. Live music provided by local musicians. Featured artists artwork is on display all month.
During the July 7 First Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, enjoy the music of John Henry.

About The Artists

Mary Kohlschmidt- Jewelry

artist, Mary Kohlschmidt

Mary Kohlschmidt

I feel the beauty of this jewelry is reflected in the originality and distinction of these custom pieces.   Enjoy my show!

I have chosen “Copper, Crystal and Compact Disk” for the name of my show ~ my show is inspired by simplicity ~ to dramatic ~ to unusual.

“Simplicity” ~ I appreciate the beauty in simplicity. These copper pendant necklaces and earrings were designed to appeal to an artful eye and a person who appreciates a trendy up style sophisticated look.

“Dramatic” for the eye catching and glimmering crystals that sparkle in the light and in the night. Designed for women with an eye for glitz! What woman wouldn’t love shimmering crystals!

“Unusual” for ~ ~~ Compact Disk? What? Yes, repurposed actual CD and DVD disks! These were designed after a contest at The Broadway Gallery featuring recycled art. Who would ever guess this jewelry was made from CD or DVD disks. Not only that, you are looking at CD and DVD jewelry designed by the winner of that gallery contest!

I handcraft each piece of jewelry using a minimum of hand tools.

I feel the beauty of the jewelry is reflected in the originality and distinction of my custom pieces.

By Mary Kohlschmidt, Member of The Broadway Gallery

Hammered Copper and Turquoise Howlite Stones

Hammered Copper and Turquoise Howlite Stones

copper and jaspe r stonejewelry

Hammered Copper with Jasper Stone

Crystal jewelry

Crystal “Rocks”

copper and pearl jewelry

Copper and Fresh Water Pearl


Glistening “Rocks”

Fran Ladlow- Gourd Artist

gourd artist

Fran Ladlow

I  have been doing some sort of art work for over 40 year using different medias.  My love of Gourds started 20 years ago with a trip to Eastern Oregon, where I saw a patch growing.  It was a challenge to get started and know what all that could be done with them.

Over the years I keep trying different techniques to explore this art form. I have entered the spectacular Arizona Gourd Art competition and my work has been well received.  In 2014, I won the best of show with “The Leopards in Hiding “, first place with “Little bit of Trouble” – Raccoons”   and second place with African Traveler.  In 2015  “Tropical Paradise” took second place.   I entered “Panda Momma and Babies” into the 2016 show and placed with a 2nd in a very strong class of advanced artists.

I now have taken  my love of this art to teaching for the past 6 years.  I use carving, ink dyes, acrylic paints, modeling pastes, leathers, beading and more to enhance each piece. I feel blessed to have several pieces in several states and Canada. I am the most happy when I have a paint brush in my hand and my brain keeps coming up with more beautiful objects.

gourd with underwater scene

Under the Sea

wood and gourd collage

3D Wood and Gourd Collage

carved gourd

carved gourd vase

painted gourd

Roster Gourd

gourd sculpture

Native American Gourd Sculpture

painted gourd, raccoon

Raccoon Gourd

Karen Leback-Mixed Media Artist

Karen Leback

Karen Leback

I’ve always been interested in drawing, colors, and art. Watching other artists was just fascinating to me. During my high school years, I had an art teacher who introduced me to watercolors and I was smitten. I have tired and like the look of oils but the smell was too much for me.

After high school, I attended the Portland Museum Art School for one year and then changed directions. I stayed in touch with my art by taking classes and workshops. I’ve attended workshops by Eric Wiegardt, Skip Lawrence, Jerry Stitt and Carla O’Conner. As a result, I have started doing a lot more exploration with different mediums. Now I have come full circle and back to using oils.

I also enjoy photography, first balck and white and now digital. I’ve also played around with pottery and sculpture. I reside near the town of Winlock on a 33-acre farm with a flock of sheep, some horses, and 4 dogs.

My art can be seen on facebook at Karen Leback Fine Art.

painting of photographer

The Photographer

painting, sunset, city


dancers dressing

Getting Ready to Dance


The Dancer

Joyce Hudson-Watercolor Artist

artist Joyce Hudson

Joyce Hudson

I am a Longview, Washington watercolor artist and photographer. My watercolor paintings have won awards. Subjects of my paintings are of the local area and from my travels.

As you can see, I usually paint in bright colors. Painting pictures of children and pets can be challenging but fun. I enjoy putting a story of some kind into my painting that may tug at your heart strings or put a smile on your face.

painting of a rose


painting of tea on a table

Afternoon Tea

painting of fruit

Fruit Bowl

floating apples

Apples in a Tub

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