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We are heartbroken to report that our dear friend Sue Stuhaug passed away in early 2018.

Suzanne Stuhaug

I began painting in 2002, when I took an ElderHostel watercolor workshop in Sedona, Arizona. I was fortunate enough to meet some very talented beginning artists at that workshop that brought us together a couple of years later in a different area of the state. It was another ElderHostel watercolor workshop, taught by the same instructor. What materialized from these first couple of associations is a group that has gotten together on a regular yearly basis every since. Our travels have taken us all over the U.S. and as far as Tuscany, Italy. Our group has expanded from the original five to somewhere over 40 and come from all over the United States and Canada.

Meanwhile back home, I was also fortunate enough to make friends with a group that hails from Longbranch, Washington, who invited me to paint with them. They called themselves the ArtphArts. We meet once a month at the home of one our members for lunch. We sometimes have an art discussion, and generally have a critique of each other’s current work. Since 2016 we have been meeting on Tuesdays at the Longbranch Fire Station where we paint together.

We have been invited to exhibit our work at the Kimball Espresso Gallery in Gig Harbor on a regular basis. Our next show will be in August 2017.

I am not a professional artist. I paint for my own enjoyment. I have sold some of my paintings and have given away far more than I have ever sold. If I am perfectly honest, painting has become far more to me than a simple hobby. It is a way of life. I have only recently gathered the courage to enter shows.

I served on the Two Waters Arts Alliance board for three years. I was very active in the Artists in Schools program, where I had the honor to serve with the heads of that program, Lauren Littleton and later Kathleen Gray.

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