Local artist wins contest
Local artist Connie Orgonas won the second annual Smuggler’s Inn art contest with her watercolor of “Blaine Lighthouse on a Stormy Night,” innkeeper Bob Boule announced last week.
“I’m thrilled!” exclaimed Orgonas, “partly because I got my work in just before last summer’s deadline. I painted that in just two days, but sometimes your quickest work is also your best.”
Second and third places went to Bellingham artists Dixie Tamcke and Richard King for their paintings of northwest lighthouses. Bellingham marine artist Jim Williamson won the people’s choice award for his “Safe Harbor Light” rendering of the old Blaine lighthouse.
For the contest, artists were asked to depict either the old Blaine lighthouse that once stood offshore near the entrance to Drayton Harbor or a northwest lighthouse of their choice. Contest winners shared over $1,200 in prize money. The paintings, all of which are for sale, can be viewed in the new Carriage House immediately east of the Smuggler’s Inn on Canada View Drive.
Boule said that paintings for next year’s contest should show something of either July’s Blaine Jazz Festival or an activity carried on by the Boy Scouts of America in Whatcom County, such as the annual Hands Across the Border event held every June at the Peace Arch.