Fresh Paint offers fresh look of artists' creative efforts

Marysville resident and doll-maker Kasydy Elliott will join more than 100 artists for an event that highlights the process of creating art.

They will participate in Fresh Paint Festival of Working Artists, which takes place Aug. 17 and 18 at the Everett Marina from Lombardi's Restaurant to Anthony's Homeport. 

"Every artist in the festival will be demonstrating their art and craft," said Abby Powell, special event coordinator for the Schack Art Center, which is organizing the festival. She said 105 artists, most of whom come from Snohomish County, are set to attend the event and demonstrate their abilities. 

Elliott has been making soft-sculpted art dolls for 19 years. She loved to sew and wanted to make dolls for her daughters that weren't the same. She uses her skills in knitting, crocheting and lace work. 

"All of that can be incorporated into a doll," Elliott said. 

While she has participated in art shows and festivals for nine years, she will be participating in Fresh Paint for the first time. 

"I'm excited to bring cloth dolls to the forefront," Elliott said. She had applied for to participate in the festival in previous years, but wasn't accepted. 

She wants to be involved in Fresh Paint because there are few dedicated art festivals in the area. Many events in the area have an art component, but it's not the emphasis. 

Because of the festival's emphasis on artists in action, Elliott said she will show how to sculpt the nose and indents of a doll's face using a needle and thread. She will also use oil-based pencils and paints to draw the other highlights. 

Copper artist Rodney Patzer has shown his copper work at Fresh Paint for the past decade.

"It's one of my favorite shows of the year. The setting is beautiful," Patzer, who lives in Arlington, said. Like Elliott, he likes Fresh Paint because it's devoted to art and that artists have to apply to participate. 

He has been showing his copper creations at art shows since 2006. His work is hand-pounded and he uses heat to change the tone of the copper. "It's sort of painting with heat."

One of his more popular items are yard art dragons. He is planning to make candy trays during Fresh Paint so youth can help pound the metal. 

Other artists participating from the Arlington and Marysville areas include acrylic painter Rocky Barrick and acrylic painter Ann Davenport. 

The Schack Art Center's mobile hot shop will be on hand during Fresh Paint with glassblowing demonstrations on both days of the event. Glassblowers will sell floats for festival-goers. 

They can also go to Jetty Island to search for the small, 200 floats that volunteers hid on the beach. Each float will have a numbered sticker on it. When it shown to organizers, the person will receive an entry for a raffle.

Although reservations for the Jetty are recommended people can show up during the festival because some people have canceled their reservations. 

People attending Fresh Paint can park in downtown Everett near the Schack Art Center and take a free shuttle to the festival. Powell said the shuttle is to help accommodate construction of a pedestrian bridge over Marine View Drive, which effects people coming to the festival from the north. 

Fresh Paint Festival for Working Artists has been located at the Everett Marina for the past 23 years, with more artists participating each year. 

'It's just grown every year," Powell said. 

For more information about the Art Schack Center, go to www.schack.org. For information about Elliott's work, go to www.kasydyjaynedolls.com. To view Patzer's work, check out his Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/coppercreationsnw/.

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