New life for the Lopez Artist Guild

  • Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 5:56am
  • Life
Christa Malay with grandson Charles

Christa Malay with grandson Charles

The Lopez Artist Guild (LAG) has been going through a reorganization phase over the past year.

It is emerging with new vitality and the leadership of a nine-member board of directors, headed by Jan Scilipoti as president.

LAG is a Washington state non-profit organization actively supporting the visual arts in shows, events, workshops and scholarships. Currently, there is a membership of 62 artists and supporters of the arts.

Every six weeks, LAG sponsors a new art show featuring four to six members at the LCCA. The latest show opened Sept. 24 and runs through Oct. 9, featuring Deborah Bundy, Polly Ham, Terry Marshall, Daphne Morris, Natalie Roush and Cathleen J. Wilson.

LAG also supports artists by hosting their profile pages on the LAG website at Also posted on the website are art events from local galleries, workshops and ongoing news to help update artists on what’s happening locally. LAG provides the yearly Shirley Wright $1,000 Scholarship to a graduating Lopez High School senior and gives yearly grants to local artists for use in their professional development. On Nov. 4, LAG is facilitating a group “excursion” to the Seattle Art Museum on a Triangle Chartered bus to see the Picasso Exhibit. Some seats are still available for community members interested in traveling with the group.

At the upcoming Quarterly Meeting on Oct. 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the Lopez Library, Christa Mallay and Corwin Martin will give a presentation about “How to Succeed as an Artist on Lopez Island” as well as a brief history of LAG from its origins in 1924 to its current status as a Washington State Non Profit Organization. New members are invited.