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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Elaine Cohn, Current President

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Beth Betker Past President

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Nola Allen, Past President

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Judith Heim, Past President

Seattle Co-Arts is a 64 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

Barbara Noonan Demo

SCA retreat

Tis Huberth Workshop

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 nationally known artists at our general meetings.

There is a five 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 Aire.

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 members 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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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 come be our guest and enjoy a program at our monthly meeting 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

Seattle Co-Arts is awarding four monetary scholarships in 2017

To Four Deserving Art Students:
Three SCA awards for $1000, $750, and $500 respectively, and a fourth,
the Sheila Newman Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $1000.

Attention Art Students:

Seattle Co-Arts Scholarship Applications Are Now Accepted!

Application Deadline is May 1st, 2017

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

2016 Scholarship recipients
We are proud to have four scholarship winners this year
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.

SCA Scholarship winner
2nd place recipient — Sullivan Giles

Sullivan started as street-painter, tattoo artist and photo-realism stencil painter. She is currently a fourth year student in the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, graduating in June 2017.

SCA Scholarship winner
2nd place recipient — Tammie Dupuis

This fall Tammie is going to Cornish College to pursue a Fine Art degree. Her focus is on the methods and aesthetics of the early 16th century Italian Master painters.

The 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

Jonathan's ultimate goal is to paint in the style of the old masters from the Baroque era while depicting the hardships people are facing in our times. He selected Gage atelier program to better his classic drawing and painting techniques that were lacking from most of the art colleges

2014 Scholarship recipient
SCA Scholarship winner
1st place recipient — Martijn Swart

1st place recipient — Martijn Swart Martijn has completed three years of his four year program in the Aristides Classical Atelier program at Gage Academy of Art.

2013 Scholarship recipient
SCA Scholarship winner

“Tied” oil on board by Savvy Dani

1st place recipient — Savvy Dani

Savvy Dani is currently studying with Juilliette Aristides at Gage Academy in the atelier program