Artist of the Month


The Artist of the month for June is mixed media artist, Marilyn Sandau

“I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of totally unrelated items into a satisfying whole,” says Marilyn.  “Add to this my love of puzzles and thus evolves a love of collage. Making a collage is like working a puzzle, moving the pieces around until they “fit”, paying attention to color, movement, and shape.”  marilyn collage 3

Marilyn particularly loves to work with old crumbly papers, tissue papers, and old text, both English and foreign, as well as music. Texture is also important and she has incorporated such things as Braille pages, screening, wire, buttons, lace, and cheesecloth into her collages, as well as dimensional paper.  Studying her canvases, each layer becomes more interesting, inviting the viewer to share the unfolding story of color, composition and movement.


New to the Artists’ League is Jeweler of the Month Nancy Palsulich who comes to Port Ludlow with a varied artistic background.  As an 8th generation florist, her world has always been filled with color.  Along the way, she also achieved a “master designer” status in interior design, taking her to many places and events throughout the country. 

With a family background in art and art history, she began collecting art glass and semi-precious stones, which led her to add jewelry design to her talents and skills.  In addition, she not only writes but plans to go back to painting!  Her jewelry is carried at both the Gallery and The Inn, and her mystery book, “Bauer’s Run” is at the Gallery.


All are welcome to the League’s Second Wednesday Reception on June 14th to meet these artists and enjoy their artwork in the Lobby of Sound Community Bank from 4:00-4:45 p.m. and next door at the Gallery from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Please join the League in some light nibbles, fantastic art, and lively conversation!


Two Local Artists Share the Limelight in July 

SHammond - Port Townsend Fog

SHammond – Port Townsend Fog

Scenes of our Puget Sound are captured in brush-strokes by artist Steve Hammond, Port Ludlow Artists’ League Artist of the Month. A native of San Francisco, he graduated from the University of Oregon before joining the USAF and becoming a fighter pilot. He retired from the financial services sector, moving first to Scottsdale, AZ and later to Panama. He and his wife settled in Port Ludlow in 2015.

Hammond has been involved with art in one form or another all of his life, from drawing to design bas-relief sculpture to painting, and basically, is self-taught. His preferred medium is acrylic and for him, the Puget Sound provides a plethora of topics, mostly involving water and fog, to keep him going. He paints realistic pictures with an impressionistic touch “…allowing the viewer to feel emotion, curiosity or contemplation. There are no deep messages, no anger; just expressive paintings of landscapes, boats, and structures.” His paintings have the quality of softness around the edges, inviting the viewer to get lost in a gentler view of our world.

Hammond’s paintings have been exhibited and sold at shows in Arizona, Panama and Washington. His current artworks are shown locally at the League Gallery and The Inn at Port Ludlow.

July brings the bold colors of summer – clear skies, flowers in full bloom, fireworks on the 4th. Sharon Zablotney, Port Ludlow Artists’ League Jeweler of the Month, captures the essence of those happy colors in her glass lamp-worked beads. She had been a silver- and copper-smith for years but found her love of all things bright and colorful wasn’t being satisfied. At a bead show “across the pond,” she discovered lamp-worked beads and an artist who taught the process. She “…fell in love with the beads and the magical process for turning a few sticks of glass into an exciting bead.”

Zablotney has taken courses from a number of well-known artists who introduced her to a group of lampwork artists that meet yearly for four days, sharing their skills and techniques with each other. The energy of being in a group of accomplished artists is invigorating and inspiring and she is eagerly packing her torches for her second session this summer.

As she says, “Some days I just go out and play with my torch to see what happens!” Her end results go into breath-taking jewelry – truly wearable art. Watch for her new beautiful beads and jewelry at the Artists’ League Gallery and at The Inn at Port Ludlow.

Zablotney Signature Bracelets

Zablotney Signature Bracelets

All are invited to the League’s Second Wednesday Reception on July 12th to meet these fine artists and enjoy their artwork: the Lobby of Sound Community Bank hours are 4:00-4:45 p.m. and next door, the Gallery celebration is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The Bank and the Gallery are located at the corner of Oak Bay Road and Osprey Ridge Drive. More information can be obtained by contacting League President, Claudia Wicks at 206/351-2414 or e-mail at Come enjoy the summer weather and the long days with the Artists’ League!




Art Around Town

The Inn at Port Ludlow ~ Exhibit: “Painting the Northwest” 




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