May 7, 2015

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On the first weekend of each month from April-October, the Skagit Valley Art Escape invites out-of-area visitors to spend the weekend experiencing art activities in the Skagit Valley communities of Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Edison, and La Conner. Visitors and locals alike will be delighted with gallery art walks, art installations behind glass, and artist demonstrations encompassing a broad range of media. The Mount Vernon Downtown Association (MVDA) Art Walks include more than 15 downtown venues, each hosting work by one or more local and regional artists. During May, the featured artist at the Front Gallery, located at 420 Myrtle, is Jack Gunter. Jack will be showcasing new paintings inspired by his recent visit to Croatia to retrieve paintings that were left behind during the Cold War 25 years ago.


Jack Gunter is a prominent Pacific Northwest writer, artist, and antique dealer specializing in twentieth century decorative arts. A self-taught artist using the ancient technique of egg tempera painting, he has exhibited his large format works in several New England museums and was including an Andrew Wyeth and Family show in the Sharon, N.H. Art Center. Since moving to Camano Island he has created over one thousand additional paintings, three movies as an indie filmmaker, and six books.


The Skagit Valley Art Escape is a fun, social, and creative excursion to the best in art and music in the Skagit Valley. With great restaurants, bars, galleries, and places to stay, the weekend provides many opportunities to get lost in the character of four unique waterfront communities.


The remaining First Thursday Art Walks for the 2015 season will be on 6/7, 7/2, 8/6, 9/3, 10/1. For more information, please contact Cathy Stevens,,
cell: (425) 321-7433, office: (360) 336-3801.


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