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Sun, Apr 02


Camano Country Club

Beach 1 Gallery Presents: John Hadley

Monthly Rotating Show at The Camano Country Club

Beach 1 Gallery Presents: John Hadley
Beach 1 Gallery Presents: John Hadley

Time & Location

Apr 02, 2023, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Camano Country Club, 1243 Beach Drive, Camano Island, WA

About the event

April's Artist is John Hadley:


When I was a youngster going to school in Switzerland I took art classes. In the spring, I crewed on a four man rowing team. When I came back to Los Angeles, I earned a degree in Architecture and have practiced ever since. When I turned 70, my wife gave me an 18 foot scull and, at 75, my children gave me painting lessons. During my lifetime, I have enjoyed the outdoors at the beach or the mountains. The whims of nature inspire me, and their elements gave direction to my architectural designs.

Five years ago, I became a full time resident of Camano and began rowing and painting again. Every day I awaken to the clear air on Camano Island, the vibrancy of colors, and the sounds of nature. When I row, I follow the clouds, talk to the seals, think about being alive, and listen. I take my phone with me to record what I am sensing. It is truly exciting. With architecture, I had rulers, T-squares, pencils, erasers, and client suggestions that had definite boundaries. With painting, I only have the constraints of my canvas and my own mind.

Brush strokes, colors and compositions give me freedom of expression and enable me to put feelings into my art. I often think for several days about what I wish to express on canvas. I practiced architecture in the same manner, visualizing in my mind what I wanted to achieve before putting anything on paper. I’m able to get my brain, my hands, and my heart all working at the same time. I get so immersed that I forget about time. Often I paint myself into a place where I get stuck, Other times I go too far and don’t stop when I should. Reset becomes a short term problem that takes time to resolve. I operate with the theory that if I don’t make some mistakes, I am not learning anything.

I’m amazed how my childhood learning makes aging so wonderfully rewarding.


The Camano Country Club's Beach 1 Gallery is proud to showcase the work of local artists. The following artists will be featured throughout 2023. Please check the website ( for more details.

Join us the first Friday of each month as we host an Open House from 5-7pm to celebrate our Community and the artist’s work!

January: Richard Reed

February: Gail Austin, Mixed Media

March: The Friday Girls-Jane Morris, Sherri Hall, Margie Ridley, Linda Boyd

April: John Hadley

May: Laisha Kneuven Acrylic

June: Dotti Burton Students

July: Amy Slater

August: Resha Hansen

September: Ron King

October: Sue Ryan

November: Maureen Wilson

December: Ron Cooper

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