For Sally…

Remembering Sally Easterbrook

A memorial celebration was held for Sally on June 4th, 2016 at MIVAL Gallery. Over 40 people attended and we enjoyed hearing how Sally touched our lives in so many ways. She was a talented and humble artist who was interested in the world around her and had many close friends. Her extraordinary watercolors expressed a reverence for nature and their peaceful quality touched all who viewed them.

Sally @ Lighthouse Gallery

Sally L. Easterbrook April 28, 1932 ~ May 3, 2016

“We spent summers on the beach near Port Townsend and I always felt a close relationship with the Olympic Peninsula. It was “our” place to hike, fish and wander the forests. I’m sure these experiences imprinted my love of the visual and sensory glory of nature. Hence, I never tire of painting atmospheric landscapes.

At the UW I majored in Education with a minor in Art. Many of us were fortunate in the early 1950’s to have the privilege of art instructors and professors who represented the leading Northwest artists. Imagine, Art 101 from George Tsutukawa! It was in the art history classes that I fell in love with Turner’s beautiful sunsets and endless horizons; Whistler’s intriguing Nocturnes, and Ryder’s hauntingly beautiful moonscapes.

It was after retirement that I wanted to get back to painting and signed up for Owen Hall’s classes here on the Island. What a joy! He taught us with great skill and shared his valuable knowledge about handling watercolor while encouraging our own style. I have continued to take many classes and workshops here and abroad. As time went on, I thrilled to the wet-in-wet techniques used by many artists and this became my comfort zone. I particularly enjoy work in this mode by Donald Holden, Ewa Karpinska and Barbara Nechis.

I joined MIVAL a few years ago. It has been a great incentive to participate in the League and Gallery exhibitions along with shows at the Community Center.”

 — Sally Easterbrook


© Sally Easterbrook

© Sally Easterbrook

We have a small showing of her work at the Gallery that is viewable during gallery hours and will be there for a limited time. Although these watercolors are not for sale they are well worth viewing.

A Bench in her memory.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to have a bench in Sally’s name!! We raised enough money and the bench will be at Mercer Islands’ Luther Burbank Park. We will have a ceremony this Spring and will announce the date soon.

Sally’s friends and fellow MIVAL members thought it would be wonderful to honor her in some way and knowing how she loved the outdoors we thought a bench in her name in a park would be a wonderful way to honor her. The city of Mercer Island has benches available and we are waiting for the plaque to be installed. 

Bench on the right will be for Sally

Wood Bench with plaque

Example of Wood Bench with plaque

Plaque for bench for Sally EasterbrookA bench in her honor will have a plaque attached. 

We have already gathered a list of donors and contributions. If you are a friend, fellow artist, or someone who wants to be notified of the dedication ceremony in Spring 2017, please contact

Thank you!