We are Northwind Art

We envision a community rich in the arts
where creative culture is a local legacy
fostering generations of accomplished artists and makers
preserving a vibrant quality of life for all

PHOTO CREDIT: Kerry Tremain, Marsh Wren, Fir Island

Built on a strong foundation of community

Northwind Art was founded in January 2021, when two established art organizations, Port Townsend School of the Arts and Northwind Arts Center, joined together as a way to weather the COVID storm and to support artists during difficult times—we are now known simply as NORTHWIND ART.

Northwind Art is a non-profit organization that puts artists at the heart of all we do. Three main pillars, EDUCATION, EXHIBITS, and ARTIST RESOURCES are the focus of our work and mission.

Our incredible community of donors, partners, and grant organizations make it all possible.

“Port Townsend, Washington is a small town with a big heart for art.”

— Teresa Verraes, Northwind Art Executive Director

THIS PLACE
Rooted in the arts, surrounded by natural beauty

Northwind Art is located in Port Townsend, Washington, a historic seaport on the northeast tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, just two hours from Seattle. It is a place that has valued artists and makers for centuries—including wooden boat builders and artisans who continue to thrive today.

This magical spot, and the natural beauty that surrounds it, feeds artists’ souls and creativity. In 2020, the area stretching from the historic downtown and uptown districts to the Fort Worden campus was officially named the Port Townsend Creative District by the Washington State Arts Commission.

You can find Northwind Art’s Jeanette Best Gallery and Grover Gallery in the Creative District’s downtown area, and Northwind Art School in Makers Square at Fort Worden State Park.

The Northwind Art galleries and school campus are found throughout the newly designated Port Townsend Creative District.

Northwind Art School

Makers Square, Building 306 Fort Worden State Park

 

NORTHWIND ART SCHOOL nurtures artists of every age and at every stage – offering the best in experiential learning—both online and in-person. Professional artists, local and visiting, teach a range of techniques and processes with a robust course catalog that includes mixed media, drawing, painting, printmaking, textile arts, seasonal youth camps and so much more.
 

Jeanette Best Gallery

701 Water Street, Downtown Port Townsend

 
JEANETTE BEST GALLERY memorializes a well-loved local artist and arts organizer and is located on the main thoroughfare in downtown Port Townsend. It features two large, light-filled and highly trafficked exhibit spaces that host juried exhibitions and promote, support and advance artists at all stages of their career.
 

Grover Gallery

236 Taylor Street, Downtown Port Townsend

 

GROVER GALLERY honors beloved local artist Max Grover and his late wife Sherry. This charming gallery is located across the street from the famous Rose Theatre and offers a street level exhibit space and highly curated collection of one-of-a-kind smaller handmade treasures, jewelry and gifts by local and regional artists.

 

Our name is from this place...

OUR PEOPLE
The heart of our organization

From teaching to exhibiting to professional development, our focus is to inspire and elevate each artist where they are. Guiding this range of connected but individual journeys is no small feat. We could not do what we do without a passionate and committed team of directors, staff, teachers and volunteers.

Board of Directors

David Engle, President

Micah Wallace, Co-Vice President

Lorraine Vagner, Co-Vice President

Patricia Webber, Secretary

Lynn Marlow, Treasurer

Larry Crockett

Sam Feinson

Brian Goodman

Tracy Bigelow Grisman

Dr. Linda Rosenbury

Martha Worthley

Staff

Teresa Verraes, Executive Director

Annamieka Hopps, Education Director

Kathleen Garrett, Exhibits Director

Kerry Tremain, Design Director

Tener Wade, Development Manager

Tess McShane, Communications Manager

Sandra Petranek, Retail Sales Associate

Ken Hulick, Artist Showcase Gallery Manager

Jay Haskins, Exhibit Design

Rachel Jenkins, Office Manager

Cary Hunter, Education Assistant

Teachers

Our teachers are all artists themselves. Each term, over 30 different teaching artists offer online and in-person workshops, classes and lectures – and their encouragement and inspiration brings out the artist in students of all skill levels and ages.

The diversity of styles and mediums offered by our local and visiting teaching artists keeps our catalogue fresh and varied while supporting fundamentals and creative process exploration.

If you are interested in teaching with us, please let us know.

Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of our team. We rely on an active and growing group of volunteers to support projects – from assisting in classrooms to helping at galleries and events. Our volunteers are enthusiastic about our community, art, and arts education.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please let us know.

OUR DONORS
Make it possible

The generosity of our donors manifests a community rich in the arts and makes it possible for artists of all ages, abilities, and walks of life to enjoy art programs and education scholarships. From small to large contributions, every dollar counts.

Help us continue to transform lives through art.

OUR PARTNERS
Shared vision. Shared community. Moving forward together.

Working together, we ensure that arts and culture remain vibrant for all. Our shared future is even brighter through the collaboration and strength of these partnerships.

BUSINESS PARTNERS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

FORT WORDEN CAMPUS PARTNERS

Learn

Discover our catalog of classes, workshops and lectures for adults and youth.

See

Get delighted and inspired at our two galleries with rotating exhibits and retail shop.
 

Grow

Deepen your connection and get member perks by joining the Northwind Art family.