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Liz Hamlin is featured in this year’s Roaming Artists display at Camano Center, Aug. 30  and 31. - Courtesy photo
Liz Hamlin is featured in this year’s Roaming Artists display at Camano Center, Aug. 30 and 31.
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Thirty-five north Snohomish County artists who paint outdoors around Stanwood and Camano Island through the spring and summer, the Roaming Artists have announced their upcoming annual exhibit of "plein-air" paintings will be on display from 10 a.m. to

4 p.m., Aug. 30 and 31, at Camano Center, the blue building, at 141 N. East Camano Drive on Camano Island.

The painters have painted at 22 sites this year and on their final day, Aug. 20, the roaming artists concluded the summer painting season with a trip to Artist Point at Mount Baker.

"The paintings at the show will reflect the past summer of outdoor painting excursions," said Norman Kearsely, one of the members who is also active with the Arlington Arts Council and exhibited his work at Art in the Barn in Oso this year.

As always, only original art and printed greeting cards are permitted in the Roaming Artist Art Show.

Admission and parking are free, as well as cookies and coffee.

A watercolor by last year's people's choice award winner, Beverly Paulson, will be raffled off during the event.

This year's featured artist is Elizabeth M. Hamlin, Liz to her friends and associates.

"She is a talented watercolor artist who resides on Camano Island," Kearsley said.

"She is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic artist and a great asset to the Roaming Artist group."

Liz has been a member of the Roaming Artists and a participant in the Mothers Day Studio Tour on Camano Island for many years. The inspiration for her latest "Beach House Series" was born while painting "plein-air" with the roaming artists this summer. Hamlin was fascinated by the contrast between the organic shapes of local flora and manmade structures. Not all the buildings are houses but all are near the water. The paintings were created using conventional watercolor techniques.

Over the years Hamlin's work has been exhibited in numerous shows locally and across the country and she has received many awards.

She recently developed a painting style called "color patch" and one of those paintings was featured in a North Light publication, "Splash 8."

Hamlin is a member of the Camano Arts Association, Northwest Watercolor Society and Art League North. She is a juried member of Watercolor West and a signature member of both the Florida and California Watercolor Societies.

Her work will be featured at the Roaming Artists exhibit.

For information and directions call Kearsley at 360-629-2572.

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