GalleryW presents Connected

LA CONNER, WASHINGTON - GalleryW presents Connected featuring the art of Sherry Ying Ruden, James M' Lilly, Don Wesley, and Neda Tavallaee. Connected brings together the work of three Pacific Northwest artists and one artist from Iran focused on interpreting and conversing about our shared experiences.

Artist receptions and talks coincide with La Conner's annual Art's Alive Weekend!

THU NOV 10 - Opening Day
Hours: 11am-5pm

FRI NOV 11 - Sherry Ying Ruden
2pm: Reception, 3pm: Artist Talk (60 min).
Hours: 11am-8pm

SAT NOV 12 - Don Wesley
2pm: Reception, 3pm: Artist Talk (60 min).
Hours: 11am-8pm

SUN NOV 13 - Parisa Sadeghi & Neda Tavallaee
2pm: Woman, Life, Freedom movement in Iran (60 min).
Hours: 11am-5pm

MON NOV 14 - Bonus Day
Hours: 11am-5pm

Normal Gallery Hours (through February) Friday-Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm.

Directions: 101 N 1st Street, Suite 6, La Conner, WA 98257

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Starling Rush at GalleryW in La Conner.

LA CONNER, WASHINGTON - It's time to have my first solo Starling Rush show, after 23 years since I painted my first one. And I have many new approaches to expressing my bird works with with animations and generative art projects like Starling Rush NFT. This unique show will emulate the swirling movement of a murmuration of starlings, in that the I will be rotating new work from my Day Creek, Washington studio throughout the duration of the exhibit.

This show was originally going to happen in 2020 in Seattle, and I am still sad to this day that was not able to happen. However, since then, my practice has developed immensely and I am proud to have new types of work and stories for you to enjoy.



101 1st Street, Unit 6
La Conner, WA 98257


July - October 2022


Thursday - Saturday
10 am - 2 pm & 3 pm - 7 pm

10 am - 2 pm


Saturday, August 13
5 pm - 10 pm

MARCH 2022

GalleryW is now open in La Conner

LA CONNER, WASHINGTON - I am so excited to have completed the layout and details of the gallery and am happy to announce that we are now open to the public! I am working in the background with our contributing artists to prepare for our April 2 Grand Opening. In the meantime, you can see the gallery filled with my work from the past few years, including recent work from my Silhouettes series. I also have two of my Analog Analogies NFTs playing on digital displays.

We are open Thursday to Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Directions: 101 N 1st Street, Suite 6, La Conner, WA 98257

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FEBRUARY 22, 2022

GalleryW to open in La Conner.

LA CONNER, WASHINGTON - We have very exciting news to share! We are opening an art gallery in La Conner in March! GalleryW will have multiple facets. It will feature my own artwork, along with shows by other artists. We will also be exhibiting and trading blockchain art from digital artists from around the world. Finally, there will also be a small portion of the space dedicated to the PuffyBirds hand-painted clothing line. The GalleryW space will be modularly designed to accommodate the needs of specific exhibits and events and we will be looking to host art-related functions for the community.

We are super excited to join the already thriving arts community of La Conner and look forward to further involvement ourselves. This is an exciting time and we hope you will come join us in celebrating what we are creating here.

Wesley Studios in Day Creek will continue to serve as my working studio and we will still welcome studio visits by appointment.


101 1st Street, Unit 6
La Conner, WA 98257


Thursday March 17th


Thursday - Sunday
11 am - 5 pm


Saturday, April 2
4 - 9 pm


Barn Owl to debut at Smith & Vallee's 'The Birds' Show.

EDISON, WASHINGTON - I am very happy to announce that my animated painting and NFT titled Barn Owl will be in the Smith and Vallee Gallery's annual bird show. With this year's invitation, I am debuting my new animated paintings that are being sold as non-fungible tokens on the ethereum blockchain that includes an Infinite Objects keepsake of the animated art. This is a unique moment for artists and I hope you will join me in the conversation around this new hybrid of art and technology that I have begun to enjoy learning about and creating within.

Visit Smith and Vallee Gallery online for more information.

View Barn Owl on OpenSea.

DECEMBER 11, 2021

Breakaway NFT Now Available

OPENSEA.IO - This week I staged my third NFT titled Breakaway. This NFT animates a painting of a cyclist sprinting on the open flat roads of a Skagit Valley toward the Cultus Mountains. It was inspired by my time training as a cyclist in Skagit, combined with my own fantasies of some day breaking away in the leader's yellow jersey of the Tour de France. I hope that you get the same feeling of pleasure as I do watching the cyclist sprint by our point of view into the distance.

The animated art can be displayed in a digital frame and comes with a still image that is also suitable for display and printing. The NFT unlocks the final high resolution 1920 x 1080 animated gif and the still jpeg and does not have a watermark for Wesley Studios like the sample shown here.

View the Breakaway NFT on (free to browse ; ).

DECEMBER 1, 2021

Blinking Owls NFT Now Available

BLOCKCHAIN, EARTH - Today I staged my second NFT titled Blinking Owls. This NFT animates a painting from Indigo Owls; a series created in response to our own desires for closeness during the pandemic. Illuminating the beauty of diversity, this work harmonizes a community of owl species with painterly brushstrokes and an early-evening hue of blue.

View the Blinking Owls NFT on Mintable (free to view).

UPDATE: Dec 2 - The Blinking Owls NFT has now been sold on Mintable.

NOVEMBER 11, 2021

Eternal Counting NFT Now Available

CYBERSPACE, EARTH - Achievement unlocked! This week I created the first staged NFT of my artwork for public sale and collecting. This is my pilot offering in the NFT marketplace and I have some cool ideas for future ideas after having learned so much along the way to completing the loop of studio to sale. The full story about this pilot NFT's creation can be found on Mintable, and can be viewed for free.

View the Eternal Counting NFT on Mintable (free to view).


Wesley Studios Year in Review

DAY CREEK, WASHINGTON - Through December 31 we will have my complete 2021 collection hanging in my studio here in Day Creek. This was a year of deeper learning about my path, re-discovering and updating familiar techniques, and touching on topics and themes that I felt connected me back to the world beyond this quiet river valley we live in.

We invite you to come visit the studio, and plan for a relaxing time while here. For safety during the pandemic we ask that you contact us to schedule a time so we can make sure there is just your party in the studios when visiting. We are here most days and welcome your visit.

BONUS: All visitors to the studios in November will receive a free gift of their choice for visiting.

Preview selections from the show


Washington State Arts Commission Roster Selection

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON - This week I learned that I have been selected for the Washington State Arts Commission artist roster for the next four years. During this time I will have the opportunity to plan, propose and create artworks that visualize the beauty and diversity of our state and its people. I am honored to have this opportunity to reflect and impact people's experience in their institutions of learning, where minds are on high alert for positive reinforcement. I want to thank Parisa for all she has done to help me during the projects I submitted for my application. Many of the works I submitted were not typical studio work you would see of mine. They were results of me studying what was necessary and possible for each scenario, given the resources and people involved. I love this way of working as much if not more than I do my personal studio time, so this opportunity will be a forthcoming highlight for me!

From the Washington State Arts Commission...

Congratulations, you have been accepted onto our 2021 Public Artist Roster! We’re thrilled to have your work available to the schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies throughout Washington, and we’ll begin sharing your portfolio with local committees this fall. We’ll actively use the Public Artist Roster over the next four years, ending in the summer of 2025.

More information about the program can be found at


Infinite Flight to be shown in Smith & Vallee Gallery 'Birdland' Group Show

EDISON, WASHINGTON - I am so excited to be included in Smith & Vallee's annual bird art group show again this year. This year's show is titled Birdland, and features the work of over a hundred recognized artists. For the show, I will be exhibiting my 2020 painting Infinite Flight. It depicts 274 starlings stylishly rendered in flight in the form of the sign for infinity, with an third loop added, as if infinity itself thinks about infinity.

APRIL 2020

Professor Puffin's Art Classes for families and kids staying home from Covid-19

SEDRO WOOLLEY, WASHINGTON - It has been a chaotic couple of months for us all due to the onset of Covid-19; especially for families with children cooped up at home. To help keep kids entertained and excited about learning something new, I have created a video series of art lessons as Professor Puffin. These video lessons teach kids how to draw birds, so they can begin to develop an appreciation for nature and art. I have created two initial lessons: "Draw a Bird", and "Draw a Flying Bird". The lessons are filmed here at Wesley Studios in Day Creek, and use props specially made for the classes to help keep the kids and parents entertained. You can tune in to Professor Puffin on his YouTube channel at Professor Puffin's Art Class. Please subscribe, share the link with friends and family, and share your Professor Puffin drawings with us all online. There will be more lessons to come. Stay safe and virtual hugs to you all.

SEPTEMBER 2019 Launched

DAY CREEK, WASHINGTON - It has been a vision of both Parisa's and mine to have my ascension design on wearable jackets. After paint and material testing this summer, we found a suitable supplier of modern and durable jackets to use. We chose UNIQLO for their ongoing support of artists and for their ongoing efforts to make sure all the feathers for our jackets are humanely gathered. My work voids their warranty, so we assume responsibility for them once we re-sell them them to you. Which is another reason we chose UNIQLO. Both Parisa and I used our painted jackets in Peru for a 5 day jungle to alpine to jungle trek plus for another week of exploring and they still look and function like new. Check it all out at


Art with Manos Unidas a Success

CUSCO, PERU - In August Paris and I travelled to Peru for art and adventure. In addition to a five day trek on the Incan trails, we also visited Camino Nuevo to work with the kids of Manos Unidas. Our goal with the kids was to help them create art to raise funds for their school and the growing curriculum initiatives of the organization's founder Celeste Marion. The trip started with abrupt acclimatization from sea level to 9,000 feet in Pisac and up further to 11,000 feet in Cusco. After a few days of exploring the area, we began our five day trek over the high alpine Salkantay Pass; a thousand feet higher than Mt Rainier! After completing the trek, we spent a day in Aquas Caliente before heading up to see the famed Machu Picchu.

After the trek and some area sightseeing it was back to Cusco where we spent one day meeting with Celeste, the teachers, staff and children of Camino Nuevo's inclusion school. Situated to the south of Cusco, the school is comprised of three buildings and houses classrooms for ages 5 to 18. Children with a range of all different abilities and capacities are here, all happily learning and forming as normal a life as possible through training. For some of the older kids, they'll be given jobs facing the public at Manos Unidas Café in Cusco. We stopped in for a late lunch at the Café after visiting the kids, then turned our attention on finding supplies to work on our project idea with the kids the next day.

Our second day at the school was incredible and what I would consider the highlight of my art career thus far. Working with every child on the campus, we created a collaborative masterpiece that we titled Pachamama's Tree. The activity and dedicated moment per child, seemed to light up their personalities even further. After we finished the various steps of the work, we would take brief breaks for futbol, during which time one of the more endearing moments occurred with one of the younger kids. She was kicking the ball and had quite a strong foot, and launched one over a high fence. When I acted confused as to how I might retrieve it for us, she motioned for my head. I bent down and she promptly snatched my hat off my head and threw it over the fence with the ball, as if to say, "you'll figure it out now, won't you ; ) We all laughed so hard. It was a fittingly light finish to an emotionally exhilarating day.

Below you can see the piece we created together with the students, along with my own contribution to the auction; portraits of an alpaca (left), and a llama (right).

UPDATE (11/04/19): These pieces raised approximately 8,000 dollars total for Manos Unidas once corporate matches were factored in. Many precious thanks to the bidders who won these pieces.


Four New Shows for the First Half of 2019!

I am happy to announce that I have a full line up of shows slated for the first half of 2019 here in Washington State. If you live in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, or King County we have something for you. All of these shows are free to the public and will be shown with other artists. This is the beginning of my first new year as a full time artist in my new and expanding studio and I am super excited to share the year's work with you as I dig in further and learn more. If you can't make one of these shows, but still want to visit the studio and see my work, feel free to email me to arrange a day to do so. We've had multiple studio visits already and without warning the day breaks out into a comedic living art slide show of my work and the trials and tribulations experienced along the way. So plan for a longish visit. And we're just getting started. Please join us in 2019 and happy life to you all.

ANT Gallery Show Banner with an exterior photos through the windows at guests viewing art inside the gallery

SHOW ONE: March 2 - 30 ANT Gallery Re-opening in Seattle, WA.

This winter the Seattle Center and the ANT Gallery underwent remodels to support modifications to the Key Arena for greater use. The ANT Gallery volunteers and staff have created a beautiful space within the historic constraints of the landmark building housing the non-profit. This March, the gallery will be reopen with a show of the co-op's talented artists, including many new faces. Set in the morning shadows of the space needle, ANT is the place where artists get to show their favorite works to the world. The active artist connection make this gallery all the more of a secret gem in the middle of the already amazing Seattle Center.

In March of 2019 I will be debuting my Roosterdoo series at ANT Gallery. This first round of rooster-inspired paintings magnify the already bold characteristics of male chickens. The all-day-long-I'm-ready-let's-go-come-on-bring-it-BOK-hey-baby-come-and-get-itness of them is unparalleled in the animal world I swear. The city kid in me feels like I need to report the two creeps in my own pen here in Day Creek or Twitter may hunt me down as an accomplice. For me and other chicken owners I've shown, this series really captured the imagination and seemed to say exactly what roosters think of themselves. But if you don't have chickens, after looking at these paintings you'll want them. It's chicken box. And you'll be happy to hear that I have many more directions and iterations forthcoming. These first pieces are modestly priced and have been etched in the minds of thousands of viewers socially already prior to their physical display outside of my studio. I find that alone to be such a cool fact! Anyway, please, if you're in Seattle, check out the first series of the Roosterdoos at ANT Gallery and perhaps we'll see you at the opening on March 2nd.

NOW OPEN THRU MARCH: Tuesdays-Sundays 11am-6pm (free to public)

ANT Gallery
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 233-0680

ANT Gallery Details

Jansen Art Center Banner with an exterior image of the building from outside

SHOW TWO: March 7 - May 31 Spring Juried Show at Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA

I will be joining other selected artists to show for 3 months in Lynden's lively Jansen Art Center. In the Center's words "It is a place for artists to create, teach, share and engage the community in appreciation of the arts." At this show you'll see the following of my works: Big Blue, Apt Protest, and Roosterdoo #3. All work will also be available for purchase. Any sales help both the Center and my own studio efforts. The opening reception on Mar 7 will have live music, light fare, and drinks available. Come on out and meet the artists.

OPENS (free to public): Thursday March 7, 6-8pm

Jansen Art Center
321 Front Street, Lynden, WA 98264
(360) 354-3600

Jansen Art Center Details

Edmonds Art Commission logo and exterior photo of the library and log for the Library aligned horizontally

SHOW THREE: June 20 - July 30 Sno-Isle Library for Third Thursday Artwalk, Edmonds, WA

This June I will be taking over the rotating artist space at the Sno Isle Library in Edmonds, as a part of their Third Thursday Artwalk. I'll be attending an art walk soon to determine the work I'll select for this opportunity to be a part of the state's newly dubbed first official Arts District. All eyes will be on the town to see all the wonder they have to offer, and I am super excited to meet everyone who is a part of the arts there.

OPENS (free to public): Thursday June 20, 6-8pm during Artwalk

Sno Isle Library - Edmonds
650 Main Street, Edmonds, WA
(425) 771-0228

Edmonds Art Commission Artwalk Details

Edmonds Art Commission logo and exterior photo of the library and log for the Library aligned horizontally

SHOW FOUR: July 20 & 21 Skagit Artists Art Beat Studio Tour in Day Creek

This summer, don't miss this unique opportunity to meet multiple artists and learn more about our work and my studio here in Day Creek. During this weekend, I will be sharing both a chronologically ordered survey of my past work as well as a selection of my 2019 works which are comprised of 5 series ranging from paintings and mosaics to assemblages and wearable jacket designs. I will also be sharing my studio with two other Skagit area artists, Ron King (Mt. Vernon) and Andy Friedlander (Sedro Woolley). And, we may have a few special local guests as well throughout the weekend. We know we're way out here, so we're going way out of our way to make it worth your effort to come out and see the beautiful area and see some super cool art and where it is made. Both evenings at 6 pm I will hold "sip and slide" talks where I will walk through a progression of my work telling stories of interest along the way. We suggest you make us your last stop for the day and plan to relax and spend some time here with us at Day Creek.

OPEN FOR TWO DAYS (free to public): Saturday July 20 & Sunday July 21, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Don Wesley Studios
Sedro Woolley (Day Creek), WA 98284
More details coming with tour program

Art Beat Studio Tour Details


Two Shows in Skagit County for February

Saturday February 2 will be a great day to come out and see two different shows I'm exhibiting in. Both shows are close enough to each other here in Skagit Valley, that you could and should attend both back to back.

Don Wesley at Front Gallery

SHOW ONE: Eagles & Co. at The Front Gallery in Mt. Vernon.

The first show of the day is from 2 to 5 pm at The Front Gallery in downtown Mt. Vernon as a part of the Birds of Winter Art walk. As one of three artists in the gallery space, I will be exhibiting recent paintings with a more natural feel to them than my typically stylized work. This new work has been appropriately influenced by my new studio location along the Skagit River. Most notable among the pieces will be my new series of eagles perched along the river. Recent visits to the Marblemount area had me in awe at the sheer volume and uniqueness of the annual eagle migration to this ecosystem. After taking it all in and returning to my studio, I felt compelled to record the experience on canvas. These paintings are a celebration of the area and these amazing birds.

The Front Gallery
Saturday February 2, 2-5pm
420 Myrtle Street, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 588-4515
Art walk details

Don Wesley at Hadrian Stone Gallery

SHOW TWO: Birds imagined at Hadrian Stone in Bow-Edison.

The second show of the day will be from 4-8pm at Hadrian Stone Gallery in nearby Bow-Edison. The gallery artists there will all be participating in a bird-themed show to coincide with Skagit Valley's celebration of all things avian. Our plan for this show is to exhibit a range of my more colorful and playful pieces where the character of the birds depicted take on near-human personalities. This will be my first showing with Hadrian Stone Gallery.

Hadrian Stone Design & Gallery
Saturday February 2, 4-8pm
5717 Gilkey Ave, Bow, WA 98232
(360) 722-9438


Day Creek Studio Now Open

DAY CREEK - We are super excited to have finished moving, renovating and activating the new studio here along the upper Skagit River. We have a fully operation space once again and I have already begun to work on a new series of paintings that represent life on our small farm here. Aside from this immediate series and preparing a sales catalog, I am now scheduling commissions for January through March. If you have a space that needs a little nature or surrealism in it, let me know and we can come up with something timelessly beautiful for you.


To visit the studio, please contact us via to give us a warning you are coming. As short as an hour notice is fine as I'm in or around the studio and available most days from 9am to 9pm. Give yourself 30 minutes to get here from the Mt. Vernon I-5 exits. It's a beautiful rural drive to get here that travels through farmland and along the banks of the Skagit River. We look forward to seeing you.

JULY 2018

Co-Curating ANTGallery Bumbershoot Show

SEATTLE - Hiba Jameel and I will be co-curating the 2018 ANT Gallery Show at Bumbershoot. This show will feature juried works from the gallery artists focusing on the theme of Rhythm in Music and Life. The jury that Hiba and I have assembled will include Jason Matias, Mireya Lewin, Marty Griswold, and Sabah Al-Dhaher. We want to thank each of them for their time and support of this show.

Show runs during Bumbershoot from Friday August 31 through Sunday September 2.

Arts at Bumbershoot:

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MAY 25-28, 2018

Northwest Folklife Festival Art Exhibit at Art/Not Terminal Gallery

SEATTLE - This year's Folklife Festival will include multiple art exhibitions that address cultural and personal identity. Specifically for the Art/Not Terminal Gallery I painted the Viceroy and Chough. The alpine chough is a bird you'll find in the mountain villages of the European alps. The Viceroy's inclusion aims to connect the zeitgeist of contemporary America with the eerily similar conditions of disparity from pre-war Edwardian Great Britain. The bubble represents itself as a metaphor in the work.

Show runs May 25-28, Open 11am-7pm.

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Eternal Counting - US Soldier Memorial

SEATTLE - March of 2018 will mark 15 years since US and Allied forces entered into IRAQ for what would later become known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since then, the United States has lost 4,531 brave souls to the conflict within the borders of Iraq. During the first nine years of the operation, Army veteran Don Wesley kept a visual count of the US soldiers lost in Iraq by using his skills as a painter to express both his grief and honor for the fallen.

Each one of the nine paintings represents that year's losses in total. Each bird represents one of the soldiers who died during that year. However, the story that is not told in these paintings, is the losses of Iraqi people to the conflict. It pains one to imagine that possibly 200,000 or more civilians and guard soldiers were killed in the conflict as well. To put that in perspective, we'd need 43 more exhibits similar to this one to pay proper homage to that nation's losses during this time period.

Wesley's show is in coordination with Iraqi artist Hiba Jameel's "Atari Pains" which draws from her personal experience during the preceding Gulf War.

Opening reception Saturday March 3, 6:00-9:00pm. Runs through March 24. Open Tue-Sun 11-6pm.

Online gallery at

Gallery show information and directions at


The Letter at Art/Not Terminal Gallery

SEATTLE - Please join me in February as I share another facet of my art; portraiture. This month I have chosen to share a glimpse into my portrait work via The Letter, a 36x36 inch acrylic painting that depicts my wife Parisa writing a letter. This portrait was meant to capture a moment in time where we saw life tossed upside down for us both. This moment was the calm before the storm during that period in our lives and captures an innocence that would soon be disrupted.

Opening reception Saturday February 3, 6:00-9:00pm. Runs through February 23. Open Tue-Sun 11-6pm.

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Now showing at Art/Not Terminal Gallery

SEATTLE - This winter I joined Art/Not Terminal Gallery with hopes to meet new people, and have an opportunity to showcase my artwork to the public in a more prominent location. The gallery is located on the grounds of the Seattle Center and highlights the work of member artists who are responsible for the galleries success. The gallery also provides me with the opportunity to show more than one facet of my artwork, so I look forward to many exciting shows in the future with this talented group of artists.

More information and directions at

MAY, 2017

ArtsFund Annual Drive a Success!

Visual and performing arts enhance the cultural diversity and awareness of a community. The arts increase a communities chances that they'll be inclusive and healthier. Children who have participated in art during their developing years, have a better chance at succeeding as contributing citizens. By default, art develops the mental capacities for curiosity and problem solving. So, in addition to making the world a more beautiful place through paintings, plays, songs, and movies, art also makes us better people.

As a nation, we are now faced with funding the arts ourselves. Funding organizations that include the community in their mission is what we are all about at ArtsFund. Last year I joined ArtsFund as an associate with the simple goal to help raise funds for the arts in our community. To help do that, and to spread my own love for the arts along the way, I created this series of gold paintings as gifts to donors during our giving campaign. I painted them gold to symbolize that giving to the community and supporting the arts is a treasure. It's like gold.

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