Separated From Normal, a painted novel of coming of age on Lummi Island

showing at PeaceHealth Medical Center Bellingham, WA. through May 12, 2018

Artist Statement
Separated From Normal, a painted novel of coming of age on Lummi Island
In the decade of the 60’s we were the feral teenagers of a San Juan Island known

as Lummi, a 12 minute ferry crossing from the mainland which is 20 minutes west

of Bellingham, WA.
My best friend, Paddy was the daughter of an Episcopalian priest and a

stay-at-home mom who was originally from Australia. They were stern, polite, and

a little weird. I met Paddy one night when she came climbing through my second

story bedroom window. She said she had run away from home because her dad

was being impossible again. “Oh, hi, nice to meet you, I’m Patti too.”
My dad was an Irish Catholic from Boston. He worked as an accountant. Annamae

was my kooky mom who worked for many years at the little grocery store at

Gooseberry Point in the heart of the Lummi Nation Reservation where everybody loved her. They were seldom home as their social life was very important to them and it kept them busy and gone most of the time. Paddy could always run away from home. I didn’t have to. We were free to do anything we wanted to do, go anywhere we wanted to go and get there any way we could get there. We were curious, risky, and wild.
Our years spent on Lummi Island were filled with angst, reef net fishermen, boys, driving cars, rock & roll, and home-made raspberry wine to name a few. I can still touch that time that would shape our personalities, build our character, and solidify a friendship... a friendship that would last through college at Western, crazy days at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, first loves, true loves, family, and careers.
Normal did not live on Lummi Island. You had to go to town to find normal. The island was different. Everybody who lived there was unique, strange, or an outcast. Take your pick!
Every day on Lummi Island I woke up feeling like a protagonist in a novel and wondering what will happen to my character today!
Separated From Normal has been in my head for many years and the body of work will no doubt continue to grow as there is so many chapters left to paint.


Class Schedule April 2018

OPEN STUDIO PAINTING
Learn to paint/Learn to paint better in Open Studio Painting Classes

This is a great way to increase your painting skills. All skill levels benefit as the instruction is easel-to-easel using your media and personal project. Join UFO members for professional instruction and spirited presentations and lively critiques. Paint and share in a community of high artistic energy and understanding. Beginners, intermediate, and professional...ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME! Personal style and voice recognized and highly encouraged! Trish facilitates local venues; Colophon Cafe, WECU Fairhaven, Blessings Salon & Spa, DIS available for one person and group shows for Open Studio Painters who build a body of work. Show opportunities at Studio UFO during Art walks are also available.

OPEN STUDIO WEDNESDAYS Painting, Trish Harding instructor

Open Studio Painting, any medium with personal instruction geared to “your project”
Join the UFO Group for a relaxed and focused all day painting session
Expect spirited presentations and lively critiques
Bring a lunch or plan to go out to lunch during an hour break at noon
Learn to paint in your chosen media
Four 5-hr sessions, Wednesdays, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 $200
OR One 5 hr session @ $62 each. You must specify dates

No Open Studio Painting Thursdays in APRIL



****CLASSES OFFERED AT WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE-

Winter Quarter www.whatcom.ctc.edu or call 383-3200 REGISTER NOW!
237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226 (360) 383-3200
Guide To Pastels, Saturdays 4/14, 4/21, 9:30am-3pm
Figure Drawing, Fridays 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/5/4, 5/11, 1-3:30pm (no class 4/27)


****UPCOMING SHOWS & EVENTS

DIS, 1315 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

Lyz Staman recent oil paintings thru April

PEACEHEALTH HOSPITAL, 2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225
Trish Harding, Separated From Normal, a painted novel of coming of age on Lummi Island

WECU Fairhaven Branch, 1200 Harris Ave, Bellingham, WA, 733-1164
Dave Nichols, recent oils 10/12 thru 12/12

Colophon Cafe (wood wall), 1208 11th St, 360 647-0092
Erin Libby recent oil paintings, thru March

Blessing Salon & Spa, 1112 11th St, suite 201, Fairhaven, 671-9650
Trish Harding showing recent oil paintings

DAISY CAFE, 114 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Trish Harding showing Sebastian in Bellingham

DENTIST DOWNTOWN SEATTLE, 2045 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Trish Harding showing several different series of her recent work including, My View of the Valley (Skagit), Living Next to a Volcano, & Streets of Seattle.

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