NOVEMBER 21 — JANUARY 14, 2018


The Magnolia Quilters create imaginative and original fabric artworks that take inspiration from traditional and non-traditional sources and draw on varied needle and embroidery techniques. Their much-anticipated holiday show and sale in the Narthex Gallery at MUCC highlights new work and always attracts enthusiastic visitors and buyers. Come early for best selection of these finely crafted art pieces and gifts by these artists:

Phyllis Allen

Ruth Beckett

Nyle Bloss

Ann Foster

Barbara Franklin

Marilee Gibbs

Naomi Himmelfbach

Joyce Keene

Sarah Martin

Karen Michaelson

Esther Ross

Paula Whitham




MAX is excited to present painter and artist Scott Ward, as the next artist at Magnolia Art Experience’s (MAX) Narthex Gallery. Former Director of Community Life at MUCC, now a Bellingham resident, he returns to Seattle to show his wonderful and whimsical paintings. Ward is a popular and well-known artist that has shown across the US and has worked as an artist and designer in advertising, clothing design, graphic design, theater design, landscape design, and interior design.


Ward creates paintings that are vibrant, yet subtle; vital and contemplative, and full of the light-hearted spirit that bridges the gap between the surreal and sublime, with images that speak not only to the eyes, but to the heart, mind and spirit as well.  His paintings are a reflection of life in its manifold guises - through the use of people, animals and stunning landscapes, all characterized by bold color, careful attention to light and shadow, graceful lines and an often startling juxtaposition.  

According to Ward his work: “… is invested with his spirit, his soul, and his thought-provoking take on everyday life, yet still allows the outsider room in which to add their own meaning, depth and perception to the mix."

Originally from the Minneapolis area, Scott studied commercial design and illustration at the University of Minnesota before moving to Seattle in 1989.  

Scott Ward will show his paintings in the parlor of Magnolia United Church of Christ (MUCC), October 3rd through November 19th. An artist reception will take place on Sunday, November 5th, 11:30 -1:30. The public is invited to attend. The art is for sale.

The Gallery is at 3555 W McGraw.



AUGUST 14 — OCTOBER 1, 2017

Gallery | 3555 W McGraw Street | Seattle












Kathy Parker, an award-winning collage and fiber artist, is now showing her work in

The Narthex Gallery now through October 1st. In her collages, Parker uses Asian papers, “found” papers from published sources, fabrics, and acrylic paint, which are mounted on canvas or archival board. The art is available for sale.

Kathy Parker is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society and The Northwest Collage Society. Her work is seen in numerous collections. She recently received the Merit Award for “Construction,” in the current Northwest Collage Society show at Seattle City Hall Gallery.

Of her art, Parker says, “In an increasingly high tech world, I hope to add a moment of color, texture, beauty or surprise with my art.”



JUNE 27—AUGUST 13TH, 2017

Gallery | 3555 W McGraw Street | Seattle












MAX is featuring recent paintings by artist and actor Sean Griffin in

The Narthex Gallery, 3555 W. McGraw St., between June  27 – August 13, 2017. Marilynn Sheldon, MAX board member and curator calls Griffin’s visual art “inspiring and beautiful.” She says, "Sean's colors are pure and clean. His Irish  roots show up in his landscapes, and his abstracts burst off the canvas with strong composition and bold lines."

The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception, July 8th, Noon – 2 pm.

Griffin will discuss his paintings. The paintings are for sale. Admission is free,

and light refreshments will be served. The paintings can also be seen during

regular Narthex Gallery hours, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 3:30 pm.

GriffIn’s paintings have been shown in galleries throughout the United States, including in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Laguna Beach, Indianapolis, and Seattle. A long-time Seattle resident, Griffin has performed in major roles in theaters locally, including Seattle Rep, Intiman, ACT, Seattle Children's Theater, 5th Avenue Theater, Book-It, and The Empty Space. He has also appeared in six Broadway shows, motion pictures, on many network television shows, and in commercials.

As part of the MAX Artists' Series, Griffin will also speak on the subject of “Providing Access to Arts and Culture to All Members of Our Community,” Tuesday, July 11, 7pm—8:30pm at the Gallery. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.


March 16 – May 14, 2017

MAX Gallery | 3555 W McGraw Street | Seattle













MAX was pleased to announce an exhibition of painting by Brom Wikstrom, an internationally known artist and mouth painter who works in water–based paints.

Brom Wikstrom was born in Seattle in 1953, and is a lifelong Magnolian. His father, Robert Wikstrom, was an award–winning art director and inspired Brom from an early age. Brom became his apprentice while still in his teens. He illustrated his high school yearbook at Queen Anne High School and went on to complete a two year course in advertising art at Burnley School of Professional Art. Brom traveled the country by freight trains and hitchhiking. In 1975

at the age of 21 he was employed as a sign painter, in New Orleans.

In an swimming accident he injured his spinal cord and became a high-level quadriplegic. During his rehabilitation, he resumed painting by holding a brush in his mouth. Eventually he taught art to patients at Children’s Hospital and received federal funding for that painting project. This support allowed Brom to expand his artistic ambitions. He began serving on non-profit boards and sharing his art in area schools.

Brom met and married Anné, the love of his life, and the couple began traveling the world together. Brom now paints every day and is under contract to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an international group that markets his artwork on greeting cards, calendars, and other products. Brom operates his own gallery. Puget Sound Group Gallery, near Greenlake, and is serving as this year’s president of the Puget Sound Group, the oldest professional art group in the Northwest. He is pleased to continue his outreach to local schools and community groups and to share his passion for creating art and encouraging people with disabilities to nurture their creative spirit.


Brom Wickstrom's artist talk and demonstration was an inspiring look into an artist's life of growth, possibilities, and commitment to making art.