Friday, August 7, 2009


Good, Better, and Beth!

Cartoonists Northwest is proud to present guest speaker Beth Guizzetti at the August meeting, and you won’t want to miss it. Beth is a talented fine artist with a portfolio ranging from murals to Christmas cards to advertising, and has been a successful participant at comic cons. She the creator of the graphic novel "Famine Lands". Presently there are two graphic novels in the series: The Carp's Eye and Living Stone. The latter debuted at the San Diego International Comic Con last month. She also has a comic book called "Out for Souls and Cookies". Beth is a compelling presenter who also teaches cartooning to young and old through the public library system. Here are some quotes taken directly from her website:

“The inspirations for my paintings are the natural places of the world and the entities within. I explore with a sketchbook and camera in order to capture the basic landmarks. Many times I go to the same place during different times of the day before I start to work on a painting so I am sure to capture the essence of the place. Then I create the painting either on site or in my studio depending on what I am trying to capture. Many of the landscapes are places in my home state of Washington or other places that my adventures have taken me. Painting is a skill that I learned in order to help me focus on the places and things that I have discovered. My artwork is dedicated to these wild places and the creatures that live there. My hope is when people view my artwork they see the beauty that is in the wild and it will inspire them to work to protect it.”

“ Like most children I enjoyed coloring and drawing. I seriously started thinking about art as a career in my early teens though I gave up painting in high school to other interests. When I was nineteen, I was looking for something constructive to spend my free time. After my (then future) husband bought me an art kit; I picked up painting again. Then I spent a few years experimenting with different mediums and techniques, before I decided to dedicate my life to creating works of art focusing on Nature.”

“Being a Washington native, I have always loved the sights of the Pacific Northwest. It is easy to find inspiration in a place of such beauty.”

Come to the August meeting…it’s a matter of life and Beth!

• Cartoonists review each others’ work and vote for ‘Best of the Northwest’. Bring a cartoon, or draw one during the meeting, and enter the friendly competition!
• Other news and stuff, guaranteed to be of a cartoonishly edifying nature!

What: Cartoonists Northwest meeting (Monthly meetings happen on the third Saturday of every month.)
When: Sat. August 15, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: The Art Institute of Seattle,
North Campus, Room 503 (Real Networks Bldg.)
2600 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

Use main entrance at corner of Alaskan Way and Vine St. Street parking is free along Elliott Way and side streets beginning at 6 p.m.