10/2017  Fall Guide to Orcas Blog

WhatsupNw blog gave the Artworks, and many other Orcas Island places, really great reviews. The pictures are amazing! See it here:

8/2016 FRIENERGY: The Joy of Friends Making Art Together

Orcas Center will feature the work of three local artists, BJ Arnold,  JoEllen Moldoff and Michelle Reed from September 2 - October 4 in the lobby of the Center.  In addition to this show, On-And-Off The Wall by artists in the community will be exhibited in the Madrona Room.  Everyone is invited to the opening reception, September 2 from 5:30- 7:00 to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and conversation.

The three featured artists have been inspiring each other over the past several years. They attend workshops together, often paint in each others’ studios and encourage each other to grow and take risks.  

Their styles vary from somewhat representational to wildly abstract.

BJ,  JoEllen and Michelle show their work at Mia’s Café in Eastsound.  Paintings of BJ and JoEllen have been exhibited in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. All three artists have exhibited their work at the Palm Springs Art Museum. BJ is a member of the Orcas Island Artworks in Olga.

8/2016  Artists' Three Day Studio Tour coming up! This is your chance to visit the working studios of of some of our Artworks artisans and meet the artists! Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 19, 20 and 21, 11AM-5PM. For more details contact

8/1/2016   We are pleased to see a very extensive write up about Orcas Island in Conde Nast Magazine this month. The Artworks has a nice mention as does our own Rob Thornber and former Artworks member Jerry Weatherman.

7/2016 Congratulations to Rob Thornber for the article in Bon Appetit about his Madrona Bowls! This is the second time the magazine has highlighted Rob's unique artwork.

4/6/2016: Thank you blogger Renee at the "Good Hearted Woman" web site for the nice mention of the Artworks! We love hearing about our visitors and their take on our gallery and Orcas Island. Lots of great pictures too! Check her out here:

3/2016: Our new photography artist Robert Dash presented a TEDx talk in March 2016 entitled "The Intercourse of Art and Science", looking at the science and metaphor of plant stomata as featured in his series "Show me the Carbon." Dash is the author of the forthcoming: An Acre Shy of Eternity: Ecology and Metaphor on One Seaside Cliff.