Artwork by Southwest Washington and Oregon artists.

July 2019 Featured Artists

Join us at First Thursday, July 11th to meet our guest artists- Jim Lichatowich and Krista Mead.

During the July 11th, First Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, enjoy the music by Brad Matthews, light snacks, and help us celebrate these artists’ fine work.

Jim Lichatowich- Wood Sculpture

artist out in natural surroundings

Jim Lichatowich

Jim was a fishery biologist for 47 years working for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, later as a private consultant and writer. When he started thinking about retirement, bird and fish carving seemed to be an enjoyable way to continue studying and appreciating wildlife. Wood carving has opened a whole new perspective on the nature of animals that he researched during his career. When carving a fish, he said he pays attention to the size and placement of each scale. In carving birds each feather is studied and carved in detail. His describes his relationship with animals as more intimate though this experience. Carving birds and fish has been a rewarding choice.

Jim took up wood carving twelve years ago after retiring from many years of research as a fisheries biologist. He is self-taught, with a preference for carving birds and fish. His carvings use both acrylic paint and natural woods.
Jim is the author of two books on the history of Pacific salmon in the Northwest.
Books written by Jim include:
Salmon Without River: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis
Salmon, People and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery

  • Carved duck

Krista Mead- Painter


Krista Mead

After receiving my teaching degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, I completed my Masters through Lesley University, Boston, in Curriculum and Instruction with a Focus on the Creative Arts. Since then I have attended numerous local art workshops in oil and watercolor painting.
During my 33 years of teaching, I integrated many forms of art into content areas, put on Student Art Shows and entered student artwork into local contests. Teachers attended open studio sessions at my home to teach each other the use of various media. Since retiring in 2016, I have entered several art shows, winning high awards in each, including “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice”. I am a member of Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, CAA and Toledo Art Group.
As artists, we should pursue the art form that expresses our passions. While my own style involves highly detailed watercolors, I admire artists who render their works in looser styles. My subjects include people engaged in simple pleasures, landscapes, seascapes, animals, and florals. Exercising the need to explore and feel challenged, I believe, is vital to the growth of each artist.

  • man sewing a leather purse
    Portrait of a Leather Artist

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