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PSBA Seventh Annual Members’ ExhibitionUPS Collins Library, Tacoma, Washington, June 1- July30, 2017

PLEASE NOTE the Opening Reception is on Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.


BallardWorks Exhibits “Big Dreams”  May 18- June 9
Opening May 18  6:00pm-9:00pm,  BallardWorks, 2856 NW Market St., Seattle 98107

BallardWorks May 2017 show is all about DREAMS – BIG DREAMS (large format). Sleeping dreams, daydreams, healing dreams, dark dreams, prophetic dreams, vivid dreams, recurring dreams, imaginings. I will have 4 framed prints and works on paper in this show.


Northwest Designer Craftsmen Show at Bellevue Community CollegeJapanese Rain

April 12-May 17

CO Gallery Space, D271 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA  98007  Next to Carlson Theater and above the library.



Fibashton_mary_waterfall_full.jpger Fusion – Surface Design, Washington Travelling Show

The last venue of this show is at the Schack Gallery in Everett.

March 9 – April 16

Many regional pieces by SDA artists are added to the juried show.





Northwest Designer Craftsmen Show   

at Vashon Island Arts Center, Koch Gallery.  March 3- March 30






It is a busy year and I am pleased to have opportunities to show my work with other talented artists!

Paper Translations   Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA  

Opening September 16         6-8:30pm

September 17 – November 19


Denial of Perfection pulp painted boxes made of overbeaten abaca    Adrift  False Shelter, detail image  Lacuna

Four Seasons     winter, spring, autumn and summer

Four Seasons, Winter, back Indigo Shibori Kozo paper, thread

Four Seasons, Spring Kozo paper, thread, collage   Four Seasons, Autumn Tibetan Daphne paper, walnut dye, skeleton leaves   Four Seasons, Summer, front overbeaten abaca; pigment; threads and net



Paper Transformed   Vashon Allied Arts  August 5 – August 25
VCA August Gallery evite


Plato's Cave, 40"x 32" pulp painting Handmade flax paper with flax pigmented pulp
Japanese Rain

Outside the Box






Ghost Ships installation
Ghost Ships installation




PSBA Sixth Annual Members’ ExhibitionUPS Collins Library, Tacoma, Washington,

False Shelter, detail imageJune 2 – July 30 , opening celebration June 9th




Fibashton_mary_waterfall_full.jpger Fusion – Surface Design, Washington Travelling Show opening at Allied Arts Center – Gallery on the Park, Richland, WA. June 1- June 23

Fiber Fusion



BallardWorks Exhibits “Making a Statement”Saturday opening April 9th, 2016  6:00pm-9:00pm BallardWorks, 2856 NW Market St., Seattle 98107

“Making a Statement” exhibits Artwork and Artist Statements from Artist Trust EDGE graduates, 2013-2014. Participating artists: D.Lisa West, Andie Styner, Ellen Hochberg, Isobel Davis, Mary Ashton, Anita West, Susan Derrick, Louise Hankes, Kip Kania, Melissa Koch and John Webster. If you are not familiar with the term “artist statement” the following Is a definition by Ariane Goodwin, author of “Writing the Artist Statement.” “Like the art that it reflects, an artist statement uses its sincerity of purpose and its purity of intent to create a powerful word-reflection of the art and the artist.” Come and enjoy the art and the artist statements of this group and see if the statements accompanying the art cause you to see the art in a new light. Three floors of art studios and exhibition spaces open for the Art Walk Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Open 6:00-9:00 pm only. Families with kids welcome. Enter through the 1st or 2nd floor doors on 30th Avenue. Includes painting, wood working, sculpture, wearable fiber art, encaustics, print making and more, all under one roof.



Paper Trails Book Arts Festival      10/24/2015 – 11:00am to 5:00pm     Come to our fourth annual Paper Trails Book Arts Festival! On view will be hand-made and hand-embellished papers, fine calligraphy, hand-made art books, letterpress items, origami, unique cards and gifts, and imaginative paper designs and fabrications! Meet local artists and view their wares! A make-and-take table offers hands-on projects for adults and kids! Paper Trails is produced by Tacoma Book Artists and sponsored by Tacoma Calligraphy Guild and Puget Sound Book Artists.

Rexville Grange Art Show  Nov 13-15, 21-22.  This is the Fall art show at the Rexville Grange in Skagit Valley near Laconner.   The opening reception is on Friday November 13th.   For directions and calendar click on link

NEAT SALE  (North End Arts Tour) First Weekend in December 5,6  opening evening of December 4.   Free, self-guided tour offers an exclusive glimpse of 7 artists’ homes and studios • Just minutes apart in North Seattle • Nearly 30 artists present on site to talk with you about their work • Purchase high quality locally handcrafted art for yourself or others from a wide range of media.  Submit your passport stamped at all locations for a chance to win one of the gift cards  from three of our sponsosrs (VIOS Ravenna, Third Place Books Ravenna or Metropolitan Market at 55th and 40th) !

Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour

August 29 & 30, 2015 

I will have my handmade papers, books, prints and painted and dyed textiles at Marcy Johnson Studio;.  Directions: From Hwy 525 driving north to Freeland, go .08 miles from the signal at Fish Rd, turn right on Honeymoon Bay Rd. Drive 4 miles passing the lake on the left. Turn left on Honeymoon Lake Dr to #992. From Hwy 525 driving south, turn left on Classic Rd. Proceed 1 mile, turn right on Honeymoon Bay Rd. 1/2 mile to Honeymoon Lake Rd. Turn right to #992. 992 Honeymoon Lake Dr


“Paper Transformed”, An Exhibition at Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend

July3-26, 2015

“Paper Transformed” is an exhibition of the work of eight Western Washington artists who transform machine and handmade paper into artist books, sculpture, jewelry, baskets and other visual objects. Dona Anderson, Mary Ashton, Danielle Bodine, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Dorothy McGuinness, Jean-Marie Tarascio and Sande Wascher-James all use paper for its inherent infinitely malleable character, not just as a substrate for traditional artists’ media. To paraphrase philosopher and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan, Paper Transformed is an exhibition where “the paper is the medium and the message.”


July 4       5:30pm-8pm Opening Reception

2pm-5pm         Hands on activity     Magic Book Brochure

July 11  10am-4pm        Adult workshop     Paper Vessels w/  Danielle Bodine

July 12     1pm-2pm         Artist Talks

2pm-4pm         Kids Activities:   Hands–on Papermaking w/ Mary Ashton

Wacky Baskets w/ Danielle Bodine

The exhibition and related programs will be held at Northwind Art Center in the Waterman Katz Building at 701 Water Street in downtown Port Townsend.  Northwind Arts Center is open and staffed by volunteers Thursday Monday: 11:30– 5pm.

Contact:Northwind Arts Center:701 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 360-379-1086       Check for more information.


January 3 – February 8     Drawings by Margaret Davidson at  Sisko Gallery in Seattle 

Three of Margaret’s drawings are on my handmade papers.  Thank you Margaret.


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