The Whitmore room at the Key Peninsula Civic Center glittered with fine art at the second annual Two Waters Arts Alliance’ Spring Fling in March. It was a class event with appropriately subdued lighting, impressive displays of water colors and silk painting by Bev Pedersen, plein air painting by Kurt Solmssen, jewelry by Janet Buday, fired glass art by Brynn Rydel, photography by Margo MacDonald, gourd art by Kristen Bottiger and Nancy Howard, sculpting by Tip Toland, and a plethora of other exquisite offerings by serious creators of fine art. All this and tastefully prepared canapes to the accompaniment of subtle soft jazz and blues by Mark Runyan on keyboard, Tom Hume, stringed bass, Ed Seymour, woodwinds, and the top notch vocals of Lorraine Hart made for an evening you should not have missed.

Two Waters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has sponsored classes and events to appeal to all ages: the Tacoma Youth Symphony concert series at Evergreen and Minter Elementary schools serving over 1,000 children; Artists in Schools, a collaborative program with the Peninsula School District bringing artists into local classrooms; and various classes including pottery, drumming, felting, Chinese brush painting, beginning and intermediate drawing, tapestry, photography, sculpting, sumi painting, oil painting and more.

Scholarships are given to those in need. The group offers monthly life drawing, acoustic jam sessions, and a writers group; holds a yearly artists’ swap meet and sponsors exhibition and sales opportunities for local artists, as well as free public events like a mask-making workshop for children and adults, and hands-on art activities at the annual Key Peninsula Fair.

TWAA President Kathy Bauer says, “Art is fun! It feeds the soul and makes life interesting.” She encourages anyone interested in becoming a part of this exciting group to contact her at 884-9172, Lois Ashley at 884-4253 or write to P.O. BOX 868, Vaughn, WA 98394, or email See more online at

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