Current Exhibitions

February 15, 2018 - March 12, 2018

In the past 6 weeks, residents of Edmonds sat for 2-minute video sessions with nationally acclaimed Cole Gallery artist Pam Ingalls, who has created 45 paintings of the people of Edmonds for her show “Facing Edmonds” at Cole Gallery.

Over the past several years, Pam Ingalls has been venturing through the world with her paint brush, rendering in her beautiful lush oil-painting style the faces of people in communities as far flung as India, Africa and New Zealand.  

Describing her inspiration for the show, Pam states:

I love painting portraits and have painted people in small communities around the world.   Edmonds is such a magical place -  full of artists, musicians, travelers & wonderful characters. After showing here at Cole Gallery for a few years, I got excited about painting portraits of people in Edmonds. Denise Cole liked the idea, so we started planning this show.

I like to take video of my subjects, so I can choose a single frame to paint from when I'm alone in my studio. I invited the few people I know in Edmonds - and others that Denise knew - to come to Cole Gallery on a few different Saturdays for me to take a little video of them for me to paint from. Quite a few of the models just happened to see a sign we put on the door and walked in off the street to participate. About 80 people volunteered in all. I was planning to paint just 30 portraits, but I had so much fun painting that I just kept going until I had 45 paintings. (I so wish I could have painted all 80 people!)

Many people ask me how long it takes to paint a painting. It varies from 3 or 4 hours to 5 or 6 days - sometimes even a couple of months. The best pieces happen quickly – almost as if they've painted themselves. I begin with a quick drawing with paint on my board, then start painting from dark to light - emphasizing light and color temperature differences as I go. I usually put the painting aside for a day or two, so I can work on it again later with fresh eyes. When the painting is finished and dry, it gets a glossy varnish. Later I frame it with a black frame that I make with the help of a friend on Vashon Island, where I live.

I hope these paintings capture something a little deeper in each person – something that's not immediately apparent on the surface when you see them. And if you live in Edmonds, or are just visiting, maybe you'll feel a little closer to this beautiful community after seeing this show. What a gift this little city is. 

March 15, 2018 - April 4, 2018

Nautical themed paintings by the master of ships at sea, Austin Dwyer.  Whimsical realism from Michelle Waldele.

April 7, 2018 - May 14, 2018

Announcing the Cole Gallery 11th Anniversary Invitational Show!  Featuring over 80 new paintings and sculptures by Cole Gallery artists reresenting a range of impressionism to realism! 

May 17, 2018 - June 11, 2018

Selected pieces from our contemporary artists