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Art by Monica Bretherton


2017 is already well under way, and I am busy!

  • Chicken Math: The Ten-City Tour — I am submitting work to regional juried shows as well looking for exhibition opportunities in public and social spaces. The goal is to show in at least ten different cities. So far: Olympia (Fishtale), Georgetown/Seattle (Counterbalance), Everett (Gro Washington), Lynden (Jansen Art Center) and Anacortes (Depot Art Center) coming up in April.
  • Festivals of Fun— Stepping out of the gallery scene, I will be dipping into juried festivals this year. I’ll add them to my schedule below as I get accepted.
  • Local Color — I joined the Arlington Arts Council so that I can support the local art scene. This means hanging art at the library, painting banners for downtown Arlington and generally trying to participate in the promotion of the arts in my own neighborhood.
  • Artist 101 — an art blog modeled on Horsebytes, my nearly ten-year old blog about my equestrian doings based on a simple premise: if I write it down, I remember it. The goal is to chronicle my adventures in the Pacific Northwest art world, focusing on the artists, patrons, administrators and others who make the scene happen.

    March 10 – June 10, 2017 Art at the Libary Arlington, WA — Twelve of Haiku Farm is visiting the teen section of the Arlington Public Library.

    March 2, 2017 (reception 6-8 pm) to the end of May — I have two paintings in the Spring Juried Show at the Jansen Art Center (321 Front Street, TUES-SAT: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
    THURS: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm SUN & MON: Closed)

    April 16-23 from 11 am to 4pm, and a public opening on Friday, April 15th at 6 pm. — I will have three paintings in Anacortes Spring Fine Art Show (at the same time as the Skagit Tulip Festival) at the Depot Art Center in Anacortes

    A summer festival schedule is in the works.


    Since childhood, I have been making art. I even have a degree in it (a BFA from SUNY Purchase).

    Alhough I have embraced other media, I have recently returned to my first love, painting, and have set to work painting the things around me. That includes chickens.

    Chickens, it turns out, are well suited to my painting interests. They have a lively presence, strong line, pattern, and the flow and texture of feathers to offer. Plus, eggs.


    It seemed logical to take my new chickens to the fair. “At the Spa” won a blue ribbon at the 2016 Stanwood/Camano Fair and at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, where “Minerva Louise’ made her debut and got a giant purple ribbon for Best in Show!

    Minerva Louise, acrylic on canvas, 12x12"
    Minerva Louise, acrylic on canvas, 12×12″

    I also did a demo day at the Fair, where I painted on site — the subject was a 4-H rooster from the chicken division. It was fun to have people stopping by my “studio” as I worked, and I was pleased with the result.


    I don’t just paint chickens. I started with ferns — the ones that I see every day in the Pacific Northwest, on foot, on horseback or driving along the road. It is easy to take them for ranted, but they are strong as well as graceful, designed to withstand even the most punishing rain and wind.


    Bracken fern – 24×30″

    My chicken paintings go on tour. Here they are at Fish Tales Brew Pub in Olympia (Oct-Nov, 2016), as well as the current exhibition at Counterbalance, with some other locations in the works.


    I am aiming for at least a ten-city tour!

    Check my Triangle Ranch Facebook Page for the most current information and more new paintings.


    A few paintings are also available at the Gro Washington Store in Sultan, WA on Highway 2 , and Giclee (archival) prints can e purchased via Society6 page