Business Activities: North Bend Gallery closes for new outdoor adventures; Including local competition judging

In July 2021, Britt Greenland opened her gallery in North Bend. A little over a year later, the gallery closed its doors.

Greenland initially only signed a one-year lease with the idea that retail space with more visibility was in the future. She loved her gallery space and everyone she came in contact with through it. “I was able to paint more than ever and larger works, which was lovely! The downside of keeping regular hours is that it kept me from going on longer painting trips.

Now that the gallery is closed and in addition to her small home studio, Valley Church, near her home in East Renton Highlands, allows her to use a large bright space to paint and give lessons until she finds its next gallery space.

Greenland is also creating video painting courses for beginners to advanced artists. Rather than being a video you watch, she asks artists to email her completed assignments for personal feedback.

The lessons will be affordable with a built-in incentive in the form of a discount on the next one after you submit your assignment. These lessons are not ready yet but will be on the Greenland website under “Videos”. said Greenland, “Anyone interested can email me from my website and ask to be notified when it launches! The first series is about color.

At the end of September, Britt and her husband Nathan will cycle from Slovenia to Albania on a 6-week self-guided tour. Greenland will be painting outdoors along the way with a new lightweight, sleek, and sturdy experimental travel easel that she and her husband have been working on.

She plans to post time-lapse videos of the paintings on YouTube and on her website, saying, “It’ll be as close to social media participation as it gets.” You can subscribe to Adventure Painter Britt Greenland on YouTube to see them.

But before leaving Greenland, she will help judge the Snoqualmie Arts Commission Outdoor Painting Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during Snoqualmie Days (formerly Railroad Days) in historic downtown Snoqualmie.

Adult artists of all skill levels – from novice painters to long-time enthusiasts of the craft – are invited to paint “en plein air” or outdoors. This year, artists will choose from one of two venues celebrating the theme “Rivers and Railways”.

Greenland, a former Plein Air Paint out participant, when asked how it felt to be a judge compared to a participant, said: “Judging paintings and competing as a painter are similar in that I pledge to be true to my instincts as an artist in both cases. Winning a contest is important and insignificant at the same time. This is entirely subjective, whether you are a competitor or a judge.

Some might think that because her style is looser and more impressionistic, she would only choose paintings in her style. She says that is not true and that she can be moved by the work from an abstract character to a hyperrealistic one. For her, a good plein air painting elicits an emotional response, a sense of time and place.

Plein Air Paint Out by Britt Greenland ‘In the Moment’ Painting from 2021

The top three paintings will be on display from August 22 through September 2 in the Falls Compounding Drugstore at 8112 Railroad Ave for a community vote to determine first, second, and third place winning entries.

Alex Trapp’s winning outdoor painting ‘The Wheel’ of 2020

The first place winning artwork will be designated as the 2023 artwork outdoor painting poster with a $300 art purchase. Second and third place winners will receive $200 and $100 gift certificates from Dick Blick Art Supply. Posters of previous years’ winning works will be available for purchase at SnoValley’s Art Gallery at 8130 Railroad Ave SE.

Art on display at the Railroad Park Lookout
For participating artists, paintings must be returned to the Railroad Park gazebo between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Judges will select the top three paintings by 3:30 p.m. Artists must pick up unselected works by 4 p.m. The community is invited to view the work at the belvedere from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration and Requirements
Artists must register to compete. Register in advance by emailing [email protected] or on the day of the event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Railroad Park Gazebo, 7971 Railroad Ave. SE (corner of Railroad Ave SE and SE King Street). Artists must register and have their blank watercolor paper or canvas stamped on the day of the event. Artists’ works must be started on the day of the event and finished by 2:30 p.m.

  • No commercial license is required.
  • Art sales are permitted, but artists must work on site throughout the day.
  • No commission taken on canvases sold on the day of the event.
  • Artists, families and art lovers are welcome at this free event.

To learn more about the event, visit or email Nicole Wiebe at [email protected]

You can view Greenland’s work by appointment at her home studio, and she will soon have a few shows in North Bend and Snoqualmie, location to be announced later.

Much of Greenland’s work can also be seen on her website. She also says:everyone is welcome to email him and ask to see his latest works that I have yet to post there.

Good luck with your new Britt adventure!

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