Annual fine arts and photography show in Ocean Shores this weekend

OCEAN SHORES — Associated Arts of Ocean Shores will celebrate 40 years of showcasing art and artists in the North Beach when it hosts the annual Fine Arts, Photography, and Electronic Media Fair at the Convention Center this weekend.

Artists in a wide range of mediums are featured in a juried show and also in an open show, which includes North Beach High School student artwork. An addition to the fair this year is the Waves of Words writer’s group, new members of AAOS.

Patrons to the event may vote for their favorite pieces in the Open Art Show, stop by the Wave of Words booth to chat with authors and see their work, or visit the AAOS booth to see the posters from years past, as well as this year’s winner, by Jerri Shrader, who specializes in original pastels.

“It’s our 40th anniversary show,” said Shrader as she helped organize entrants on Monday.

Hours are Friday, noon to 5 p.m., with an “Overview of Photoshop” presentation, 12:30-1:30 by Electronic Media Judge Lisa Lamping; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p,m.

For more information visit the AAOS website at

Waves of Words is also providing a “Book Crawl” each day where authors read a part of their works to audiences in a variety of local venuess. Complete schedules for the Book Fest and Book Crawl can be found at

Featured Artist: Roy Lowry

For April, North Beach Artists Guild, a non-profit organization, is featuring watercolorist Roy Lowry. His art is on display at The Gallery of Ocean Shores at 849 Point Brown Avenue, NW, Suites 3 &4, (360) 289-0734.

Lowry moved to Ocean Shores in 2009 to work full time at his art. The Grays Harbor Peninsula and diverse wildlife are said to give him endless inspiration. His wet on wet watercolor technique captures the color and light of ocean scenes, marinas, and wildlife of the area, and his work is collected locally and around the world. Roy teaches weekly watercolor and multimedia art classes.

In 2011, he and other local artists, founded the North Beach Artists Guild and The Galley of Ocean Shores. The group’s goal and purpose for the Guild and Gallery is to bring local artists and artwork together and provide art education to the community through art classes and workshops.

Lowry will be present at the Third Saturday Event on April 19 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be music, refreshments and various artists to meet.


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