We are Northwind Art

We envision a community rich in the arts
where creative culture is a local legacy
fostering generations of 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 nonprofit 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.

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 in the Creative District’s downtown area, and Northwind Art School in the Creative Corridor at Fort Worden State Park.


Northwind Art's Jeanette Best Gallery and school campus are within the 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.

Our name is from this place...

Thank you to our local artists ...

The heart of our organization

From teaching to exhibiting to professional development, our focus is to inspire and elevate each artist. Guiding this range of connected and 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


Dr. Linda Rosenbury, President

Lorraine Vagner, Co-Treasurer

Lynn Marlow, Co-Treasurer



Robin Purcell

Melody Sky Weaver




Martha Worthley,

Executive Director



Diane Urbani,

Communications Manager


Kate Lovejoy,

Education Director


Mary Black,  Development Manager and Finance Administrator development@northwindart.org


Jaiden Dokken, Exhibits Coordinator exhibits@northwindart.org

Sandra Petranek,

Gallery Sales Associate


Leila Block, Education Assistant admin@northwindart.org

Kristen Gerrish, Registrar registrar@northwindart.org

Kerry Tremain, Design Director



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 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.

Make it possible

The generosity of our donors manifests a thriving arts community, making it possible for people 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.

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 collaboration with our business partners, including Urquia Law, Dailey Computer Consulting and the Law Offices of Steve Dowdell, and our community partners, including the City of Port Townsend Public Library and Jefferson Healthcare.





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


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


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