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R.I.P. Vicki Garrett


Vicki died on January 19th after a 2½ year battle with pancreatic cancer. All of us at AAOS send our heartfelt sympathies to her family, but particularly to Alan Kniffin, her husband of 46 years.

Vicki was an extremely talented artist who gave tirelessly of her time to support the arts in Ocean Shores. She was a great friend and mentor to all of us, serving as Vice President of AAOS, as well as being our webmaster and newsletter editor. She was also a founding member of the Art Splash Studio Tour, serving as its Vice President and webmaster. Her beautiful pottery totems can be seen throughout the area. We already miss her leadership, friendship and artistic talent, but we especially mourn the loss of such a wonderful person.

AAOS promotes the visual, literary, and performing arts in Ocean Shores and the North Beach by informing residents of the performing and visual arts and sponsoring arts activities in the area. Every year we:

  • Host one of the largest Arts and Crafts Festivals in the region.

  • Sponsor the Art Splash Studio Tour of local artists in their studios.

  • Give scholarships to young artists to further their work.

  • Publicize area art classes.

  • Serve as a catalog of local artists and galleries.

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Coastal Glimpses
exhibit is now open!


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The Coastal Interpretive Center (Center) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate about the natural and cultural history of the Washington Coast and inspire the joy and wonder of nature. The Center and the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores (AAOS) have partnered to produce an art exhibit entitled “King Tides and Winter Storms” which will be on display at the Center from February 3rd to April 28th, 2024.

The Center and AAOS sought artwork inspired by the king tides and winter storms that occur on Washington’s coast. We define the Washington Coast as extending northward from the Columbia River to Cape Flattery and eastward from the continental shelf to the watersheds draining into the Pacific Ocean.
AAOS will be providing prizes to the winning artists as follows:
1st place $250
2nd place $150
3rd place $50
Winning artists will also have their work featured on postcards produced by AAOS. Judging will be done by a panel of three judges including the Center director or designee, the AAOS president or designee, a member of the art community selected by the AAOS board. 
Artists are encouraged, but not required, to be members of AAOS. For more information, please visit

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