Press and Reviews of Orcas Island Artworks

Our raves and reviews of the gallery and our artists:

From “Seattle Refined”, June 1st, 2015:

Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes, Orcas Island Artworks re-opened this spring, marking a whole new beginning for the center, damaged by fire in 2013. This artists’ co-op in the hamlet of Olga is celebrating its 35th season—now 45 artists strong—back in the 1938 strawberry barreling plant it calls home. The Catkin Café will take the place of Café Olga, which will stay in Eastsound. James Hardman Gallery will also open in its former home, upstairs in the loft.


Nice mention is AAA’s Western Journey magazine, July/August 2014:

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Ann Jones, Artworks Artist Wins Book Award:

Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas,” a nonfiction children’s picture book about the endangered resident orcas who live in the Salish Sea, has received several national book awards.

The local authors received the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award as a finalist in the children’s non-fiction category, the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award with first place in the children’s picture book category and the Izaak Walton League 2013 Book of the Year in the Children’s category.

Written by Dr. Sally Hodson and illustrated by Ann Jones, “Granny’s Clan” takes young readers on a real-life adventure with two young orcas and Granny, the clan’s 100-year-old great-great-grandmother as they welcome a new baby, “see” with sounds, hunt for salmon, play, face dangers and encounter humans.

Weaving science with story, “Granny’s Clan” celebrates the importance of family and friendship as children learn about the lives and behavior of killer whales and the dangers that threaten them.

Hodson is a K-12 educator and former executive director of The Whale Museum.

Jones is a pastel artist whose work is shown at the Orcas Island Artworks.

The book is published by Dawn Publications ( and is available at Darvill’s Bookstore.




Artworks artist, Rob Thornber , has a write up in the February 2013 issue of the national foodie magazine, Bon Appetit. The editors included a photo of Rob’s bowls (on page 24) with the write up. The gallery web site has received orders from the article and emails asking about the bowls. Way to go Rob!


Orcas artist to play a part in chamber music festival

February 26, 2013 ·

Islanders surely know the beautiful landscape scenes created by artist James Hardman.

In addition to the James Hardman Gallery at Orcas Island Artworks, his paintings are  displayed at the Lambiel Museum and in more than 800 private collections. The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival has announced Hardman’s work will be featured in its 2013 publicity and programs.

Each year, the festival selects images that convey a sense of our amazing place, and Hardman’s unique paintings fit perfectly with the Festival’s slogan “Classical Music With  A View.”

His unusual style uses a glazing method to create the colors he sees in nature, with hundreds of thousands of brush strokes in each picture.

“The most important part of my workday is not spent in the studio, but out on my daily walk. This time in nature is essential not only for the scenes I observe, but for the renewal it brings to my senses,” Hardman said.

The first publication to feature Hardman’s images will be the 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival season brochure, which is mailed to all islanders in late March. The summer festival takes place August 8 through 24.