Seattle CoArts

Providing a community for artists to meet and share their love of art

Our History and Statement

Seattle Co~Arts History and Objectives

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Judith Silverman, Current President

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Elaine Cohn, Past President

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Beth Betker, Past President

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Nola Allen, Past President

Seattle Co-Arts is a 68-year tradition in the Pacific Northwest arts community.

It was founded in 1949 as a small group of artists who wanted to get together and paint, with Margaret Mattocks as its founding president. In 1950 under the guidance of Judge Evangeline Starr, the group incorporated as a non-profit educational organization.

Today we have over 150 members and we continue to provide a forum for artists to meet and expand their love of art. Seattle Co-Arts embodies the original objectives of the group which are:

  1. To encourage creativity and artistic development
  2. To offer educational opportunities
  3. To present member’s work to the public
  4. To encourage community interest in the arts
  5. To cooperate with other organizations in furtherance of art appreciation

Our Activities

Seattle Co~Arts Activities

SCA retreat

SCA painting at Kay's

Seattle Co-Arts provides its membership with a wide variety of programming throughout the year.

Our Educational program includes Spring and Fall local 2-day workshops, a June retreat-style, 5-day workshop at Samish Island. All workshops are instructed by well-known professional artists. We also feature monthly demonstrations and presentations by regionally- and nationall-known artists at our general meetings.

There is a 5-day Fall Paint-Out at Samish Island. This September event is self-directed in the company of your inspiring artist friends. This is a perfect opportunity for Plein Air.

Seattle Co-Arts provides an extensive library of art books, videos and DVDs that are available to all members.

Each year Seattle Co-Arts presents a juried show. The annual exhibition is open to all members who have achieved juried status. The juried show reflects the high quality, and wide range of styles and mediums within its membership. Recent venues have included The Art Institute of Seattle, Mercer Island Gallery and Kirsten Gallery.

Seattle Co-Arts presents year-round, non-juried shows to facilitate exposure of member's work to the public and encourage sales. At the present time, artists’ work is being shown at Valley Medical Center on a regular basis.


Membership Information

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Seattle Co-Arts welcomes emerging and established artists for membership.

There are two types of membership within the organization – Member and Juried member. Membership is open to all artists who wish to join.

Members will receive a monthly newsletter, and can attend meetings, participate in painting of the month, and attend workshops and paint outs.

Juried membership, which involves a screening process, is required for entry into the SCA annual juried show, all SCA non-juried shows and inclusion on the SCA website.

The artists in the membership reflect a wide range of painting styles, subject matter, medium and technique. While many members are active in the greater arts community with award- winning work in national and international collections, Seattle Co-Arts recognizes the importance of nurturing artists in all stages of their development. Creativity, imagination and inspiration are valued here.

Join us

We invite you to be our guest and enjoy a program at one of our monthly meetings or drop by one of our shows. You might love it so much that you decide to join us.

contact membership

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month Sept-June(except December) at: Richmond Masonic Center, 753 North 185th Street, Shoreline WA 98133

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Seattle Co~Arts Scholarship Awards

Attention Art Students:

Seattle Co-Arts Scholarship Applications Are Now Accepted!

Application Deadline is April 1st, 2018

In 1988, Seattle Co-Arts honored its founding President by voting to award annual art scholarships to deserving student artists who are currently engaged in furthering their art education towards a career.
The Sheila Newman Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016.

Criteria for Eligible Students:Eligible students are those currently enrolled in a recognized art school or program with at least one academic year remaining.

Samples submitted should include 2-D media in oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, collage, encaustic, mixed media, or similar 2-D media. (Please note that previous $1000 scholarship winners are not eligible.)

The application is attached below or available by emailing

If you have any questions contact:
2017 Scholarship Recipients
SCA Scholarship winner

Melissa Messer

The first place winner of the $1000 scholarship is Melissa Messer. Melissa, who grew up in Texas, is in her third year of full-time study in the Juliette Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy. During breaks from school, she helps fund her schooling by working as a graphic designer and as an art teacher for the teen art studio at Gage Academy. She also received a 2017 Portrait Society of America conference scholarship and a 2017 Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists scholarship award. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English writing and studied graphic design. She comes highly recommended by her teachers. She says that her goal is to contribute meaningfully to contemporary American realism and tell stories through paint about the people and places she observes.

SCA Scholarship winner

Kyong Min "Daisy" Lee

Our second prize winner of the $750 scholarship is Kyong Min "Daisy" Lee. Daisy has just received her Associate Degree from Bellevue college. She will begin attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California this fall. Among her many accomplishments is the founding of an art club at her high school, teaching art to children age 8 to 13 at the In/Design art academy in Bellevue, She received a Blick art materials scholarship, and was a 20 under 20 artist finalist at Bellevue Art Museum. She comes highly recommended by her instructors as a dedicated artist who is also very generous with her time, helping other students to succeed.

SCA Scholarship winner

Brian Kearney

Our third place winner of the $500 scholarship is Brian Kearney. He also won the Sheila Newman memorial scholarship. He was born in Ireland and is currently enrolled as a full time student at the Georgetown Atelier of Tenaya Sims here in Seattle. He is married and works part-time, and his wife works as a adjunct teacher at a community college. He has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from the National University of Ireland and a Master's degree in Creative Writing from St. Andrew's University in Scotland. He worked several years as a sheep shearer to be able to come to the United States and is spending part of this summer shearing sheep to earn the money to continue his study at the Atelier. His instructors speak very highly of him, and he certainly impressed the scholarship committee with the story telling aspect of his beautiful, compelling drawings and his dedication to the process of becoming an artist.

2016 Scholarship Recipients
SCA Scholarship winner
1st place recipient — Clark Ocampo

Clark is currently enrolled in the full-time comprehensive classical program at Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, WA.

The 2016 Sheila Newman Memorial Scholarship
SCA Scholarship winner
Awarded to — Mari Shibuya

Mari has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology and she is the second year student of Atelier program at Gage. She plans to merge her art with psychological wellness of the human community.

2015 Scholarship Recipients
SCA Scholarship winner
1st place recipient — Jonathan Hodge
2014 Scholarship Recipient
SCA Scholarship winner
1st place recipient — Martijn Swart
2013 Scholarship Recipient
SCA Scholarship winner

“Tied” oil on board by Savvy Dani

1st place recipient — Savvy Dani