Preservation art wins awards at Pacific NorthWest Art School

Anna Kolousek, winner of the Best of Painting award, stands alongside her watercolor of the Ferry House.  - Photo by Peter Freund
Anna Kolousek, winner of the Best of Painting award, stands alongside her watercolor of the Ferry House.
— image credit: Photo by Peter Freund

Several local icons, including the Maiden of Deception Pass and the Ferry House on Ebey’s Prairie, were captured Nov. 15 by four local artists who walked away with blue ribbons for Best of Show, Best of Painting, Best of 3D and Best of Photography in the Grande Finale of the Whidbey Preservation Art exhibition at the Pacific NorthWest Art School.

Patty Picco, professional artist and instructor at the art school, won Best of Show for her encaustic mixed media piece depicting the Maiden of Deception Pass. Anna Kolousek, watercolorist from Oak Harbor and active participant in the Pacific NorthWest Art School Members Gallery, won Best of Painting for her watercolor preserving the Ferry House. Lorraine Beegle, board member and local artist, received the Best of 3D for her interpretation of a Madrona tree. Rounding out the slate, part time resident and photographer Jeri Goldstein walked away with Best of Photography for her composition of Jacob Ebey’s home and blockhouse.

The Whidbey Preservation series was an effort to promote and preserve vistas, landscapes and iconic structures of Whidbey Island. The exhibition will remain up for viewing until Nov. 30 at the Pacific NorthWest Art School located at 15 NW Birch St. in Coupeville. The Pacific NorthWest Art School is a visual arts education facility offering nearly 100 workshops each year in the mediums of painting, photography, fiber arts and 3D taught by a professional faculty to serious students wishing to hone their artistic skills. For more information on the exhibition and the school, call 360-678-3396 or email

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