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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower.”
– Albert Camus

Happy November from Two Waters Arts Alliance!

There is a lot in this newsletter, so to help you find what you’re looking for, here is what is included.

·  Letter from the President

·  Update on joint TWAA/Mustard Seed Classes

·  November Featured Artist at Blend Wine Shop: Adria Hanson

·  Call for Submissions: KC Corral Mural

·  Homeschool Art and Red Barn update

·  TWAA Volunteer of the Month: Anna Bradshaw

·  Donation and membership information


Dear Members and Friends of TWAA,

What a beautiful autumn this has been!

The fall foliage is the most vibrant in memory. Colors of Autumn, TWAA’s fundraising event on September 30, was certainly aptly named. More than $15,000 was raised to help support Artists in Schools on the Key Peninsula, including Artist in Residence, After School Arts, Homeschool Art and art in the Red Barn.

Arts programs for the community are also part of TWAA’s mission. Read below about our Murals Project and art classes with The Mustard Seed Project. We are also looking into possible festivals, performing arts programs, and a directory of musicians and music groups on the KP.

Our new committees are busy and we need your participation! Bring your ideas to help shape the future of TWAA. Enjoy lively discussion, meet new friends and get involved! Committees meet only four times a year, unless they choose to meet more often.

·  To help plan new school or community programs, join the Programs Committee

·  To help get the word out, join the Communications Committee

·  To help build our membership, join the Membership Engagement Committee

·  To help increase our income, join the Development Committee

·  To help TWAA thrive, join the Finance Committee

If you are interested in helping with any of these committees please send an email to me at with the name of the committee in the subject line.

There will also be more opportunities to get involved as our volunteer program growsFrom small jobs to large, there is a role for you. Photograph our events? Help hang an exhibition? Do some data entry to maintain our membership lists? Plan a music festival? Research grant opportunities? TWAA has no staff, and our small Board of Directors cannot do all this alone!  

Read below to see what is happening, and join the fun!

Laurie Austin
President, Two Waters Arts Alliance

Joint Classes from TWAA and The Mustard Seed Project
TWAA and The Mustard Seed Project have teamed up to offer a series of art classes geared towards older adults to explore their creative talent in a supportive environment. We started in September with a drawing class taught by Adria Hanson. In October, Patty Finnigan had a full house for her watercolor class, and this month, Pat Thompson will be teaching all about mixed media. We are thrilled that these initial classes have been so successful, and we hope to be able to offer more in the future.

Art at Blend Wine Shop
The featured artist this month at Blend Wine Shop is our very own Adria Hanson. Hanson is an active board member of TWAA and a talented fine artist and portrait painter. Drop by Blend to check out her work.

Call for Submissions: KC Corral Mural
Two Waters Arts Alliance is requesting proposals for a new mural at the Key Center Corral. The request is for a scenic landscape with a Pacific Northwest theme, a Western theme, or a scene depicting the history of the Key Peninsula.

If you would like to submit a proposal for the mural please send Adria Hanson,, an email with “Mural Inquiry” in the subject field. Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2018. For more information click here.

Homeschool Art and the Red Barn
Homeschool students on the Key Peninsula were treated to classes by Sandy Dunham in September and Anna Bradshaw in October. Dunham taught several different classes aimed at different age groups. She used constructed shadowboxes with individual lights to teach drawing and seeing light and shadow.

The last two classes were compiled around lessons dealing with the Boggs of Doom presentation. The students created puppet Venus flytraps with fluffy little flies glued in the mouth and flytrap. They also constructed flip books to learn the basics of animation.

For the month of September Anna Bradshaw taught two Thursdays at the Red Barn. Six students enjoyed painting and journal making as well as watercolor cartooning. During October, Shannon Bryson taught mixed media collage and used book covers to create interesting art pieces.


November’s Volunteer of the Month is Anna Bradshaw, whose smiling face will draw you in! You may know her as “Craft with Anna”, one of TWAA’s teaching artists in the Homeschool Art and Red Barn Arts programs, at the Farm Tour (Faraway) and at the Bluegrass Festival.  What you may not know is that she has also volunteered to be our Grant Writer! And she has done all of this while pregnant with her new son, August, as well as homeschooling her two young daughters!

Born and raised in Tacoma, Anna eventually moved to the Key Peninsula and attended Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High School. Later, she moved to the Oregon Coast and joined Job Corps. Making art was a part of her life from an early age. In her “craft room” she used her creativity to fulfill her own passion and encourage others. At age 20 she started art lessons and flourished as a mentor and friend to other artists.

After moving back to the Key Peninsula, Anna met Adria Hanson, Coordinator of TWAA’s Homeschool Arts and Red Barn arts, and became a teaching artist in the Homeschool program. Soon, she volunteered for other opportunities to teach. When TWAA asked for a volunteer to help with grant writing, Anna jumped at the chance, attended some training sessions and is now writing grant applications to support TWAA’s education and community programs.

What Anna most enjoys is seeing someone “light up” as a result of experiencing something they made. That spark in the child who discovers the power of creativity is her driving force, as Anna wants to be a vehicle for people to find the artist in themselves. Imagine what your inner child/artist will find!


Support Two Waters Arts Alliance

Our work is largely made possible by members and donations, and we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do without your participation. Remember that all donations are 100% tax deductible. You can easily donate on the website, and if you would like to make a donation by check, you can send it to Two Waters Arts Alliance, PO Box 868, Vaughn, WA 98394.

New and Ongoing Memberships The end of the year is near, and that means it’s time to start thinking about renewing your membership. Please visit our membership page for more details.

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