Past Exhibits

Northwind Art Teaching Artists

September 3-November 28, Grover Gallery

An exhibit featuring the work of seven teaching artists at the Northwind Art School in Building 306 at Fort Worden.

The work of Darsie Beck is featured in the front window gallery.

In addition to Darsie Beck, Julie Read and Dana Sullivan, additional artists featured in this exhibit include: Nonie Gaines, Tracy Bigelow Grisman, Meg Kaczyk, and Suzanne Lamon.

Learn more about these artists and the classes they teach at 

Carolyn Heryford Watts: Paintings

October 17-November 13, Jeanette Best Gallery

With inspiration from the natural world, from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic and everything in between, Carolyn Heryford Watts paints in a scale so large that it provides a kind of environment for viewers. Amoebas, pods, flowers, deserts, the cosmos—all are part of her repertoire of forms, which she monumentalizes so that we can see, up close and personal, the worlds that Carolyn portrays.

Carolyn is donating her portion of the proceeds of sales of her work from this exhibit to two organizations: Port Townsend’s Jumping Mouse Children’s Center (a nonprofit entity providing mental health services to children) and Perma-Atlas (a nonprofit entity working toward sustainable recovery of the Moroccan Atlas Mountain ecosystem.)


uncovering: Dana Weir & Helga Winter

August 7 – October 2, 2022, Jeanette Best Gallery

Featuring work by two Port Townsend artists, this exhibit addressed the uncovering of images and thoughts, words and intuitions that live beneath our immediate awareness.

The use of reclaimed and natural materials and found objects provide both artists an opportunity to look inside of things—to turn things inside out, reveal hidden layers, tear things apart only to rebuild them again. By altering objects commonly encountered in our daily lives, Weir and Winter offer the viewer a transformative experience, a possible change of perception. Both artists reveal the unexpected resonance within objects, texts, and images through their mixed media collages and assemblages.

Some Mornings: Paintings by Meg Kaczyk from poems by Linda M. Robertson

March 17 – May 30, 2022, Grover Gallery

A chance encounter on a beach inspired the exhibit Some Mornings: Paintings by Meg Kaczyk from poems by Linda M. Robertson, a collection of oil paintings inspired by poetry that reflects on loss and how the natural world can bring comfort.

The idea to collaborate happened when Meg Kaczyk decided to take a walk on the Cape George beach near her home before teaching a creative process class at Fort Worden. Robertson was there walking too. They had met before, in a hiking group. Linda mentioned some recent poems she was writing and Meg said, “Send them to me! I’ll use them in my class as an example of how poems can inspire the painting process.” And so it began.

Ultimately Linda shared a collection of more than 30 poems with Meg. The work in this exhibit is rooted in that serendipitous meeting with Linda on the beach, and a shared connection to loss and grief.

View the Artist Talk that took place via Zoom on March 23 at 7pm.

Nature from the Inside Out: Paintings by Michael Croman

February 3 – March 27, 2022, Jeanette Best Gallery

Croman was previously the Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission where he travelled extensively through the state gathering visualimages of the landscapes and painting when he could. Originally focused on Action Painting, or Abstract Expressionism, when Croman retired, he started painting full time and began experimenting. His technique of pressing turpentine-saturated oil paint onto the canvas with cloth creates fractal patterns that can’t be achieved with brushes. Told by a gallery that this technique was developed by Max Ernst and other Surrealist artists, this faux texture has become a signature of his work.

View the Artist Talk that took place via Zoom on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 pm.

Todd Horton Act 3, The Mystic West: A journey beneath the glimmering moons.

January 20, 2022 – March 14, 2022, Grover Gallery

A solo exhibit by Skagit Valley artist Todd Horton, this painting series involves the imagined journey of poet William Blake and his tiger across seas and beneath moons. Their expedition is also a metaphysical voyage of the soul, during which Blake seeks an understanding of himself and the cosmos, coming to terms with his own consciousness in light of and in contrast to the things of the world.

Todd Horton Painting LIVE: A window into the secret of making, took place on January 22-23, February 12-13, and March 12-13.

small expressions 20

December 2, 2021 – January 30, 2022, Jeanette Best Gallery

Northwind Art celebrated the 20th year of this juried exhibit of small format artworks from regional artists executed within the last three years. But this year, there were a few twists. Juror Jaleesa Johnston was invited to jury all art entries in person, on-site, rather than online, making for a much more immediate experience. Award winners were announced live at the Juror Talk.

View a walk through video of the exhibit.

A Juror’s Talk with Jaleesa Johnston was held, via ZOOM, Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm. Award winners were announced live at this event. View the Juror Talk.


  • Juror’s Choice $500; Merit Awards (3) $250 each; People’s Choice $100
  • Juror’s Choice: George Wilhelm (Port Townsend, WA), Woman’s Torso Brooch, Shibuichi (copper/silverblend)
  • Merit Award: Azalea Rees (Port Ludlow, WA), Stripes, mixed media
  • Merit Award: Peg Masters (Port Townsend, WA), Land of Mystery, mixed media
  • Merit Award: John Liczwinko (Port Townsend, WA), Fish Soup, collage
  • Peoples’ Choice: Egor Shokoladov (Port Angeles, WA), Hoo, etching, C3, watercolor

Looking at the World: Paintings by Craig Rogers

December 2, 2021 – January 17, 2022, Grover Gallery

With influences that range from jazz to the streets of Port Townsend Rogers paints energetic, colorful, and complex scenes that combine realism with fantasy. It’s a fascinating world and one that offers people a chance to see what he sees.

“I was born with Spina Bifida,” says Craig Rogers. “I’ve had to overcome many physical obstacles in my life…my motor skills have diminished, but I have always managed to find new methods to create my art.”

Northwest Passage: Anne Traver & Gregory Kammer

November 4 – November 28, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

This exhibit is a blending of nature and industry. Anne Traver’s ceramic vessels are minimal and earthy with a slightly industrial grit, yet stunning in their simplicity. Kammer’s land, sea, and cityscape paintings , which are rooted in the realist tradition, are uniquely seen, beautiful to look at, and rich with poetic meaning.

View the Artist Talk that was held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 pm via Zoom.

Pen & Ink: Sandee Johnson

November 4 – November 28, 2021, Grover Gallery

A solo exhibit of pen and ink drawings by Sandee Johnson make their way into collage, ephemera, painting, and printmaking, exploring botanical designs of the real and imaginary.

10 Years of Artist Showcase: Liz Reutlinger & Wanda Mawhinney

October 1– November 29, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

Northwind Art is celebrating a decade of Artist Showcase exhibits and honoring two long-time local artists in “10 Years of Artist Showcase: Liz Reutlinger & Wanda Mawhinney.”

In addition to Mawhinney and Reutlinger, 17 other artists are included in the exhibit including: Brandy Agun, Jeanne Edwards, James Ferrara, Brian Goodman, Joyce Hester, Meg Kaczyk, Evan Miller, Jim Romberg, Kim Simonelli, Linda Tilley, Diane Walker, Jadyne Reichner, Barbara Lutrell, Sydni Sterling, Egor Shokoladov, Kim Kopp, and Sandra Offutt.

Bill Curtsinger: Undersea and Nature Photography

September 2 – October 31, 2021, Grover Gallery

Pioneering undersea photographer Bill Curtsinger images taken over three decades of work for National Geographic.

View a walk through of the exhibit.

View the Artist Talk.

Printmaker’s Hand V

September 4- October 31, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery 

Northwind Art was pleased to partner with Corvidae Press, a non-profit printmakers’ guild in Port Townsend, WA, who sponsored The Printmaker’s Hand V, a biennial juried exhibition of hand-pulled prints.

Juror Marit Berg, a printmaker and art professor in Tacoma, WA, selected approximately 60 works from 40 artists for the gallery exhibition, which included eight generous awards.

View the Juror Talk with Marit Berg, held on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

View a walk through of the exhibit.

Max Grover: New Paintings, Old Drawings

August 5–29, 2021, Grover Gallery

This body of work is a combination of new oil paintings and older drawings, which are a part of a newly framed portfolio of ink and white-out pieces Max has been working on since the beginning of the pandemic.

Max talks about New Paintings, Old Drawings, his life, and artistic process: watch the interview.

If I Had Wings: the Bird as Metaphor

July 1 – August 29, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

Robin and John Gumaelius, Marie Hassett, Stephen O’Donnell, Margaret Van Patten, Chris Maynard, Margaret Woodcock, Bethany Rowland, Martha Pfanschmidt, and Keaney Rathbun

View a walk through video of the exhibit.

Lost Words: A Juried Exhibit of Art and Poetry

June 17 – August 1, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

A national showing of poets and visual artists in an eclectic mix of both disciplines, who responded to the theme of language, its mutability, and how words guide us, especially when they are lost.

View a walk through of the exhibit.

Folding Spaces: Jeanne Toal and Randal Leek

June 3 – June 27, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

Both artists work within the abstract, offering moments of stillness rich with movement and possibility.

View a walk through of the exhibit.

View the Artist Talk.

Weave: David Chambers, Sharon Kita, Barbara Osborne, Tininha Silva, and Sean Yearian

April 29–May 30, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

The artists use various media to bring contemporary and unconventional approaches to the woven art form.

Image & Abstraction: Jane Friedman and Alan Newberg

April 1 – 25, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

Abstract wood sculptures by Alan Newberg evoke the sensuousness of nature and the feminine, with encaustic and oil paintings by Jane Friedman inspired by the interplay of human nature and the natural environment.

View a walk through of the exhibit.

View the Artist Talk.

Lauren Boilini & Michelle Hagewood

February 4 – March 28, 2021, Jeanette Best Gallery

World-building and the processes of formation in dystopic, utopic, and indiscernible forms.

Watch Entangled in Conversation. Boilini and Hagewood interview each other about their work and geek out about the ways that sci-fi, theory, and personal experiences have informed their practices. They also discuss their work in relation to the current climate and moment and allow time for questions from the audience. Watch the floor mural installation time-lapse video.

Spirit of Home

March 2021, Grover Gallery

This year’s “Community Read” program, sponsored by the Port Townsend Public Library, featured “House Lessons: Renovating a Life,” a memoir by Erica Bauermeister. Nine artists responded to the work in painting, sculpture, and photography, including Ben Bauermeister, Mike Blankenship, Larry Crockett, Max Grover, Barbara Luttrell, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Elizabeth Reutlinger, Chris Witkowski, and Joe Wuts.