Story and photos by Larry Vogel
It was a night for the dogs at Edmonds’ Cole Gallery.
The new show, “Doggie Divas and the People Who Love Them,” features the work of local artist Patty Forte Linna. Saturday night’s special reception drew an enthusiastic crowd of people and their pets. In addition to wine and treats for the humans, Firdale Village’s Dining Dog provided gourmet treats for the canines.
“I started painting dogs and their owners less than a year ago,” said Linna. “I used to paint restaurants and people dining. One day on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, I saw a man walking his dog and it just grabbed me. I jumped out of the car, took some photos, went home and started painting. I’ve never had so much fun in my life!”
The artist, one of the founding artists of Cole Gallery and a longtime friend and colleague of gallery owner Denise Cole, learned to paint under Denise’s tutelage. “That was more than nineteen years ago,” she said. “Today I teach classes at the gallery, and my upcoming one will be on painting pets.”
“Doggie Divas and the People Who Love Them” will run through June 1 at the Cole Gallery, 107 Fifth Ave. S.