SWA Member Artists Featured at First Friday Art Walk

Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating merchants and restaurants stay open late featuring the First Friday Art Walk featuring rotating exhibits from local artists. This month, on Friday, September 3rd, three of the Society of Washington Artist's members will be celebrating their artistic talents and provide an opportunity to view some of their art. This month: Angela Swanson, Susan Marmolejo Kipp, and Janus Innes will be showing in two different venues, the Dandelion Teahouse & Apothecary and The Difference Boutique in Downtown Vancouver. Both events are presented by North Collective Studios.


The Event is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and the artists will be present at the artist's reception. Their work will be displayed throughout the month. So if you can't make the artist reception, please stop by and show your support during the month of September.



Angela Swanson


"I don't create art; the art creates me"


"I mostly focus on mixed-media abstracts, though I love to indulge my creative curiosity and experiment with watercolors as well as encaustics. I started making art later in life and discovered how well it served my well-being. I turn to art to feel. When I am creating, I feel more alive than at any other time. My art is a piece of my heart and soul, an outward expression of the entirety of my life captured at this moment on the canvas. My intention with my art-making is to express the depth of feeling in my own life and to inspire others to feel something of depth as well. Art for me is one of my best ways to be my best self."


Angela Swanson is an artist living in Camas, Washington. She takes pride in transforming the external and internal stimuli into a universal elixir of artwork imbued with spiritual and aesthetic elements.


With inborn artistic impulses. Her journey to explore the world of artful expressions formally began in 2017. Since then, she has experimented with almost all forms of paintings. As a self-taught artist, she allows her soul to breathe through her artwork, escaping from the physical paradigms of time and space.


Her medium of interest is mixed media art where she explores, cultivates, and fosters unique emotions and viewpoints. However, she has also experimented with working in watercolors as well as encaustics. Currently, exploring the world of mannequin art, she crafts 3D visual imagery.


Her artwork is not limited to her internal synopsis; instead, it considers the holistic view of life. In her art pieces, the combinations of colors, strokes, and textures come to life, telling the stories of love, fear, surprise, joy, and sadness. Connecting to the viewers through the imaginary strings of experiences, sensations, and states of mind.


Her artwork is regularly exhibited at Mosaic Art Alliance, Society of Washington Artists, and North Collective Studio websites. She is the artist in rotation at Ford Gallery of Art in Portland, Oregon, and Phoenix Rising Art Gallery in Vancouver, Washington. She is also a member of the Washington State Artist Trust. In her spare time, she works as the webmaster for two online galleries using her creativity to design and create online art shows.


Susan Marmolejo Kipp


Susan splits her time living in Vancouver, Washington, and on Harstine Island. Her "formal" art training in Calligraphy, Watermedia, Printmaking, and Book Arts has primarily been through classes and workshops. She is a retired elementary school teacher, who became an Art instructor through a grant from the Getty Institute.


Susan's style is eclectic and intuitive. Her inspiration comes from various avenues. Her work is influenced by the environs of South Puget Sound, her Mexican American culture, her travels, Her spirituality, and politics.


She has won awards for her work in arts education, calligraphy, watercolor, and mixed media. Her most recent award was First Place in the Mosaic Arts Alliance Juried Show.




Janus Innes


My mixed media paintings are inspired by nature. The transformation of the textures and colors from season to season is an exciting source of inspiration for me as an artist. I enjoy the subtle shifts in nature: the rich textures and warm tones of the fall and cool winter tones juxtaposed with the vibrant colors that spring and summer bring. I like to remain open to the spontaneous dimensions appearing on the canvas while appreciating that color is an important part of my life.



Courtney Hansen


Courtney Hansen is a collage artist from Portland Oregon, temporarily residing in Clark County.

Growing up with artistic parents, Courtney was encouraged to express herself with creativity. She used art as a therapeutic outlet to share her influence and experience.

For over 10 years, Courtney worked as a makeup artist. This artistry was another way to share and develop her skills, pulling concepts from current trends. She considers fashion, design, and pop culture her main influences.


Courtney is a storyteller that uses recycled materials to create harmony from disorder. Beginning with collected scraps, she assembles pieces in a layering process using paper, acrylics, and glue. Amassing the imagery and scraps is very much a part of her process.


Courtney’s work is a representation of adjusting to life’s unexpected moments and finding contentment in the surprises and imperfections



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