The Associated Arts of Ocean Shores was incorporated in 1974 to:
Promote and organize the visual, literary, and performing arts
Promote arts education
Inform the community about arts events
Sponsor arts programs and activities
Lead and assist in the development of arts programs
The mission of Associated Arts is to lead and assist individuals and organizations in providing diverse arts education programs and events in our community.
Tim Rossow - President
Tim is semi-retired and enjoying the beach life in Ocean Shores. He travels the country and the world for his work as a fund-raiser for Lutherans in Africa which provides many photo ops for painting. His preferred subject matter however, is the Pacific Northwest coastline within an hour either way of his home. Tim has painted watercolors for 50 years.
Vicki Garrett - Vice President
Vicki moved to Ocean Shores with her husband in 2017. Making Pottery is her passion. Having a full studio with kiln at her home and living in Ocean Shores gives her such inspiration. She has participated in the Art Splash Studio Tour since it began in 2019, the Art Drives Studio Tour and the Fall Gala. You will find her pieces at the Alder Grove Gallery in Aberdeen. With the beautiful Ocean as a backdrop she feels surrounded by nature and quiet reflection.
Sharon Gochoel - Secretary
Sharon is a glass fusion artist and has lived in Ocean Shores for 13 years. She studied art in college, various art classes and workshops. Her art began in oil, pottery, watercolor and then glass. She found glass in 2006 and has loved working with it. Sharon is a long time member of Associated Arts of Ocean Shores. Her art is displayed at Palette by the Sea in Seabrook, Sidney Museum and Art Gallery in Port Orchard, and Alder Grove Gallery in Aberdeen. Her art can be seen in various festivals throughout the State of Washington. She participates in the Art Splash Studio Tour.
Kelly Stacey - Treasurer
Kelly moved to Ocean Shores from Portland in March 2021 after retiring from 10 years in Public Health with the State of Oregon and 25 years in investment manage-ment. Making handwoven beaded jewelry is her greatest joy, then traveling with her husband and walks on the beach with her rescue dog, Stinky. Moving to a small town from a big city was a huge change, and Kelly was happily surprised by how much she loves being in Ocean Shores. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corrine Holden - Board Member
Corrine’s background includes careers in the finance industry as well as higher education. She has masters degrees in business and education. She is retired and lives in Ocean Shores with her husband and two canine companions. Her art form is primarily fiber and you can find her leading a Stitch Meditation group at Beach Tyme Fabric & Crafts every other Monday. She participated in the Art Splash Studio Tour and the Fall Gala.
Gina McCauley - Board Member
Gina has lived in Ocean Shores for Almost two years. She has been crafting, in one form or another, most of her life. She retired from consulting to horticultural nursery/greenhouse growers in Western Washington to follow her true passion of making things and playing with color. She is a fiber artist, producing whimsical soft-sculptures called Snooter-doots. They have been sold at art festivals along the west coast for the past 12 years and are available in over 20 boutiques countrywide. Find her Snooter-doots at Fir Mercantile.
Karen Fox - Board Member
Karen is an oil painter. She started painting in 1997 when she took a "plein air" landscape class from the Art Students League of Denver. In 2000, Karen moved from Colorado to Vashon Island, Washington, and in 2021 to Ocean Shores, Washington. "I chose oils as my medium because I love the way they smell and their buttery softness; I like the way it feels when I spread paint on a canvas and I enjoy the feeling of that stretched canvas as it first gives to the pressure of my hand and then gently springs back as I pull my hand away.”
Scott Johnston - Board Member
Scott is a freelance writer reporter, camera man and glass fusion artist. He was born in Seattle and moved with his family to Louisville, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Missouri before moving back to Washington in 2006. He then moved to Ocean Shores in 2009 with his wife. Scott began volunteering for our local radio station KOSW. He did a jazz and interview show with the late artist Joan Lohr, called “Captured Live.” He was host on KOSW for a monthly show where he interviewed an eclectic array of Grays Harbor artists. Scott became an AAOS member to support the art and artists of Ocean Shores. He presently is a team member of the Arts & Craft Festival for the 2023 Festival.
Suzi Malcolm - Board Member
Suzi enjoys living in the divine, green, beautiful, soggy Ocean Shores. She received her BS from Western Washington University and is currently working on her MA in Professional and Creative Writing at Central Washington University. Her aesthetic and pathos shine light on saving the planet and sharing its beauty through her poetry reflecting her personality through humor, rhythm, rhyme, irony, and surprise. Her passions in life include enjoying the great outdoors, traveling, taking in our sweet sunshine, clean rivers, lakes, oceans, mountains, and deserts. Some of her favorite activities include experimenting with paint, writing poetry, snorkeling, foraging, razor clamming, swimming, collecting art, and living/enjoying all things green.