Pacific Northwest / Washington State

Glass and painting juxtaposed

Rain and sunshine played tag the entire day—one minute pounding rain (not the gentle mist the Pacific Northwest is known for) the next intense sun.  I kept looking for rainbows, but never saw any.

We started back at the tulip festival at Tulip Town.  They’d had a flood and most of their crop had been destroyed so their display was small, but lovely.  Within minutes of arriving the rain began.  We ducked inside to escape it and explored indoor arrangements. Rain stopped, we went on to our next destination.

The Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner exhibits work by local artists. The current exhibit, A Precarious Edge, is the work of three artists concerned with environmental issues. Steve Klein works with fused glass to create sculptural pieces.  I stood in front of several of them for a very long time being drawn into the colors, shapes, and luminosity. Meg Holgate’s paintings were juxtaposed with the glass to create compelling compositions. Christophe Chagnard’s music played throughout the gallery.

Long time friends of my travel companion, Judy, live in the area. We met them for lunch at a local favorite, Nell Thorne’s.

From there we drove south through Whidbey Island on our way to Seattle.  It’s a slower drive than taking the interstate, but worth it. The landscape was beautiful, seen both in full sun and torrential rain. There’s a reason for moss everywhere. At the tip of the island, we drove onto the ferry for a short hop to the mainland.

We’re now in Seattle, a city I know very well. But driving in and walking to dinner, I noticed an astounding number of changes since the last time I was here in 2019.

Great Vietnamese dinner at Co Ba in the Queen Anne neighborhood.