Goose Grocer exhibits work by young artists

Cloe Dickerson and Chloe Hood work on their piece for the Goose Community Grocer.  - Photo courtesy of Marian Myszkowski
Cloe Dickerson and Chloe Hood work on their piece for the Goose Community Grocer.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Marian Myszkowski

The Goose Community Grocer is featuring a new art exhibition by students of Carla Dawn Walsh. Created with the store in mind, this collection of painted silks by young Whidbey artists captures Whidbey Island life and agriculture.

An artists’ and instructor’s ice cream reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 13th at the Goose Grocer.

The collection of 13 silk paintings are comprised of individual works, such as the charming set of chickens by Sawyer Mauk and Laura Miller in the egg section, and group efforts. In the seafood section hangs a large seascape with fish prints, the first work the students undertook in the seven-month project initiated by Goosefoot Boardmember and art barn parent Miriam Coates.

This exhibit is a culmination of work, created under the tutelage of Walsh, in an eclectic environment Island families have long called “Carla’s Art Barn.” For over 20 years, Walsh has been hosting weekly art sessions for local children and families.

The art sessions are designed to provide youth with inspiration, space, a vast range of materials and access to personalized instruction.

Thirteen-year-old Clinton resident Lillie Walsh said in a press release, “I have known Carla (Walsh) for nine years and she has never stopped inspiring me. You never get bored at Carla’s because she is always coming up with fun, original and occasionally wacky ways to do and create art. She feels like a friend as well as an art teacher.”

During a recent session, students could be observed painting perched from a log mid-stream; dipping origami creations into melted wax to make waterproof boats; and sketching from a still life that Walsh changes each week. Overseeing it all was Walsh, exuding  a “go with it” attitude cultivated from years of yoga practice, voicing her requests that students commit to traditional rendering activity at the start of each class prior to moving on to individual pursuits.

A published fabric designer of 21 prints, Walsh exudes pride when she speaks about her past students: “I have students that are in New York, studying architecture. I just know it is related to all those boxes they made here.”

Discussing the classes her daughter Hannah has been a part of for numerous years, Melinda Mack voiced a sentiment shared by many parents: “Carla (Walsh) is an island treasure who has guided hundreds of kids to deepen their artistic ability. She meets each child where they are at; the art is secondary to self-discovery.”

Student Liam Twomey offered another explanation: “Carla is magic.”

This exhibit complements the Goose Grocer’s “L is for Local” campaign. Come mingle with the artists and kick off a relaxing summer weekend with a Friday afternoon ice cream social at the Goose Grocer.


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