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MAX is a place for exploration and expression where creativity, imagination and the arts flourish in an environment that encourages and nurtures the artist in each of us.

All are welcome.

Author/artist Rebecca Novelli reads from her first novel, The Train to Orvieto and shared details of her writing process, location research, and her connection to her story.


“I noticed that Magnolia had lots of artists and...what was missing:

a community gathering place that encourages art and creativity, provides gallery space for local artists,

a dedicated place for classes and community–building around all disciplines of art—performance, literary and visual—where kids and adults can participate in making art and being inspired by art.” —Scott Ward

Magnolia Art Experience (MAX) was the brain child of Scott Ward. A fine artist himself he is the owner of Scott Ward Art and co-owner of Current and Furbish; past president of the Magnolia Chamber and served as Director of Community Life

at Magnolia United Church of Christ (MUCC) until April, 2017.

Scott began networking with others in the art field, exploring ideas for developing his vision. A small group, including Colleen Monette, Tiffany Thiele, Mary Pringle, Nancy Gellos, and Mary Langholz, set up a booth at Winterfest 2015 to ask other Magnolians what they thought of the idea of an arts organization for Magnolia. Over 60 folks responded with ideas, donations, volunteer hours, and great enthusiasm, reported Monette.

The group began to hold regular meetings. A steering committee made inquiries into becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A Board of eleven was formed, seed monies were donated, and the paperwork to begin the process of incorporating was completed in January and granted in February. The group received non-profit status and the final designation of a 501(c)(3).


On February 1, 2020, MAX welcomed its 2020 Board consisting of eight community members, many of whom are active artists. The Board will manage MAX’s activities and promote MAX’s mission. We are also extremely fortunate to have many amazing "Friends of MAX", who, though unnamed here, greatly assist the board in bringing MAX's mission to light. 


Nancy Gellos, Past President 

Camberly Gilmartin, President

Esperanza Salazar, Vice-President

Bill Whitham, Treasurer

Barbara Bernard, Social Media Manager

Kerry Rowland–Avrech, Narthex Gallery Curator

Bobbie Barnhart, member-at-large

Sydney Davis, member-at-large

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Magnolia Art Experience meets at Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 West McGraw St, Seattle, WA, 98199. The MAX office, gallery, and classrooms are located in the Church but MAX is an independent organization and is not affiliated with the church, its programs, or its mission.