Art Gallery

Holden Village is proud to exhibit work by artists of all media throughout the year. If you would like to show your work at Holden, please dowload and fill out a proposal form and send it to the Arts Education & Outreach Lead. Applications are accepted year-round. For more information about the arts at Holden Village feel free to contact

2018 Exhibitions

Living in the North Cascades
Living in the North Cascades

Living in the North Cascades: Art, Sprituality, & Ecology
at Holden Village

July 14–August 11
A wide collection of work from fiber arts and wood carving to painting, ceramics, and collage by Holden Villagers. This exhibit previously travelled to Stehekin, showing at the Golden West Art Gallery for the month of June.



A Peace of My Mind–John Noltner
August 2–August 17

Award-winning photographer John Noltner drove 40,000 miles across the United States asking people from diverse backgrounds the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?”

In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, his resulting multimedia arts project called A Peace of My Mind, encourages us to rediscover the common humanity that connects us. 

John has been telling stories with words and images for 25 years for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies and non-profits. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.

Throughout his career, he has managed logistics for editorial and commercial clients, both nationally and internationally, having worked on three continents. John carefully arranges details and builds relationships with his clients, using humor, understanding, and compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories.

 He is sought after as a presenter and lecturer. He has spoken at the Nobel Peace Prize Conference, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Gandhi-King Conference on Non-violence, the Sojourners Summit for Change, and at colleges and universities across the United States, sharing his belief that art and storytelling have the power to transform our hearts as well as our communities.


Laura Norton
August 12–August 18
Laura Norton is a Bellingham, WA artist whose “grace and grit in modern calligraphy” bring alive words of justice and faith using bamboo and metal pens, goose quills, sable brushes, Japanese stick ink, wax, and acrylic—on walls, windows, silk, clothing, and paper.

Michael Ferguson
Michael Ferguson Painting

Michael Ferguson
August 20–September 30

In 1990, Michael Ferguson joined us in the Village as an Artist-in-Residence at for 1-2 weeks. There, Michael chose to demonstrate his painting process publicly and daily by painting scenes in and around Holden using a portable field easel. Positioning himself around the Village, Michael was intentionally visible while he painted things that he considered beautiful and interesting which allowed him to interact with and gain insights from curious people while painting.

In 1991 Michael returned informally in the same capacity, joining his wife in the Village who was then serving as Holden's medic. Painting in the same manner as before, Michael pulled images directly from life, a process that he says is a "wonderfully direct way to capture the moment." The time, place, and Michael's emotions/reactions were captured through a brief but intense few hours of focused painting. "It is tremendous training in general to focus on only the essentials in a scene you are trying to capture." All of the paintings to be exhibited at Holden are oil on 1/8 inch Masonite-like wood panels.

Michael has been painting full-time since 1988 from his home/studio in Tacoma, WA. His work can be found in galleries across the state. SEE MORE