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Programs and Events for 2024

General meeting dates and scheduled programs for 2024. Meetings are held at the Shoreline Conference Center in Shoreline, just north of Seattle, unless indicated otherwise. November and February meetings are held via Zoom.

Saturday, June 22, 2024, Shoreline Conference Center, Doors open at 10:00 am
Clive Knights

Clive Knights

Clive Knights will share images of some of his collages, prints, and publications, and will tell us a bit about himself and his artistic journey. He will then lead a workshop titled Depth Chamber: Inhabiting New Worlds Through the “Augmented Collage Spatial Study.” Participants will be introduced to a mode of creative practice that conjures new, imaginary, spatial worlds from found image fragments rich in material surface, light and shadow, perspectival depth, and human character. The workshop will use a roundtable process that rotates collages through seven collaborative stages whereby new extemporary additions are added to each work as they pass through the imagination and collage input of each participant. Please bring your own scissors (BYOS!), but glue sticks and all other materials will be supplied. Don’t miss this chance to collaborate with other NWCS members and to bring forth into visibility imaginary spaces and invented chambers that would be impossible to conceive without this process.

Visit his website and Instagram.

Saturday, August 10, 2024, 9 am to 5 pm
NWCS Collage Day-Retreat

NWCS Summer Day-Retreat

Come join us for a day of collage with NWCS members and friends! We've reserved a great room at the Sunset Hills Community Clubhouse in Ballard. Only $35 per person for a full day of creating, demos, share table and laughter! Bring a friend. More details and sign up here.

Saturday, September 21, 2024, Shoreline Center, Doors open at 10:00 am
Katie Blake


Please join artist, information professional, and author of the book What Kind Of Collage Is That? Katie Blake for a lively discussion about all things collage. Blake’s educational background includes a bachelor in fine art, a masters in library and information science, and a masters in art history. Blake lives with her dogs in Eagle River, Alaska, where she enjoys working in collage and reading, especially if the books are about collage or visual information. Blake is a NWCS member.

Also reserve Sunday, September 22, 2024, on your calendar for a “field trip” to the Department of Adhesives in Olympia, Washington, the studio of Evan Clayton Horback. Blake, Horback, and NWCS Program Chair Kathryn Kim will be on hand for tours and collaborative collage-making activities. The fun will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until about 2:00 p.m. More details will be provided closer to the date of the event.

Saturday, November 16, 2024, via Zoom (from Scotland) 10:30 am
Jack Ravi


Jack Ravi is a collage and mixed media artist who creates with found objects. His work, particularly with old black and white photos, aims to transform anonymity into identity, creating visual poems that evoke memory. His work is rooted in curiosity and wonder, and he approaches it as a personal, meditative journey. With a deep reverence for forgotten papers, he celebrates their beauty and potential in his art. Jack Ravi is the author of the book Artful Memories: How to create unique art with old photographs. He lives and works in Scotland and offers classes and workshops online and at various locations.

Visit his website.

Saturday, February 8, 2025, via Zoom (from Canada) 10:30 am
Jonny Garcia


The NWCS Online Workshop for 2025 will explore the advantages and methods of digital collage-making. In a 90-minute program, Brazilian-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist Jonny Garcia will introduce us to his work, show us how he creates digital collages, and offer us an opportunity to collaborate on a piece formed from images found online.

From an early age, Jonny Garcia was driven by a passion for self-expression, Garcia immersed himself in various disciplines, including dance, mime, acrobatics, magic, and hypnotism, before delving into the visual arts. Since 2019, Garcia has dedicated his efforts to exploring digital collages, accumulating a body of work comprising over 500 pieces. Garcia’s collages have been featured in various exhibitions such as the Impromptu IV exhibit at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Corporeal Gestures: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Collage curated by Clive Knights in 2022, and the Cut/Paste/Resist pop-up exhibition at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre. In 2020, one of Garcia’s collages was incorporated into a school program in the city of Kingston, Canada. The Schwitters’ Army Collection of Collage Art at MERZ Gallery has also included one of Garcia’s collages in its collection. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Garcia holds two computer degrees, as well as a degree in psychoanalysis coupled with clinical experience.

Visit his website and Instagram.

Saturday, April 19, 2025, Shoreline Conference Center, Doors open at 10:00 am
Judy Chapman Björling


A relatively new NWCS member, Judy Chapman Björling, will brighten our spring by regaling us with stories about her 60 years as an artist, during which color and texture have never ceased to amaze her. From an early age, Björling was fascinated with portraits, often drawing images of her classmates. While studying painting and sculpting at the Art Institute of Chicago (on a National Scholastic Art Awards Scholarship), Björling began to better understand and appreciate the human figure -- the history of a face, the story of a gesture. She would abstract the form, while trying to preserve the essence of a gesture or an expression. Björling still incorporates figures in her work, which usually begins with an abstract painting featuring rhythm and complex coloration, followed by continual adjustment of both the figure and the painting until she perceives that one could not exist without the other.

After a three-decade hiatus from art, during which she received a Masters in Management, taught graduate school and college, and managed a successful consulting business with many Fortune 500 clients, Björling returned to painting in 1989 and sculpture in 1993. She moved to Washington in the summer of 2022, and is now a member of Woodinville Arts Alliance, the Northwest Watercolor Society, Evergreen Fine Arts Association, PaperWorks, and the Northwest Collage Society, as well as the National Collage Society. Björling has received numerous awards, including the NWCS Fall 2022 Award for Where They’re From: St. Petersburg, which was exhibited at the Rosehill Community Center Art Gallery in Mukilteo, and a Purchase Award for Underwater Dreams, which was part of the 2023 CVG Show at Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, Washington. Her work is in collections in the United States and abroad.

In-Person Program meetings are held at the Shoreline Conference Center, Shoreline, WA, in the Mt. Rainier Room

Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155

Meetings are held in the Mt Rainier Room at the North end of the building. There is ample parking outside the North entrance door.

Join us at 10 am for Meet & Greet before the program begins at 10:30 am.

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