Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Beauty in the Moment — the Pastels of Annette Hanna’ from May 1 to June 1

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April 29, 2015

Annette Adrian Hanna has a way with a pastel stick.

Here’s an artist who is able to transport the viewer to landscapes alive with color, while conveying the absolute soft and quiet beauty of Whidbey Island. Rob Schouten Gallery presents new works by Hanna in a show titled, “ Beauty in the Moment—the Pastels of Annette Hanna” from Friday, May 1 through Monday, June 1. 

Hanna is an award-winning painter in a variety of media, but one of her favorites, she said, is pastel. Here we are treated to her exquisite pastel agility to create radiant pieces that paint the island in its finest light.

“Earth Sanctuary,” pastel by Annette Hanna. 

“Earth Sanctuary,” pastel by Annette Hanna.

 “My main interests are people and the landscape,” said the artist, who lives mainly in New Jersey, but has long spent summers on Whidbey.  “I love the outdoors and enjoy plein-air painting,” Hanna said.

“The beauty of the landscape, to me, has a very spiritual quality. I can go to the same location in different seasons or find a different viewpoint, and it becomes an entirely different painting.”

"After the Rain," pastel by Annette Hanna.

“After the Rain,” pastel by Annette Hanna.

Hanna is a member of several pastel societies both nationally and regionally and has been featured in American Artist Magazine, the Best of Pastel II, International Pastel Artist magazine and the Best of America, Pastel Artists, among her other notable achievements.

Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to see this fresh, new show from 5 to 8 p.m. during Greenbank Farm’s “First Friday at the Farm” event, when the Farm’s  galleries, shops and cafe welcome visitors to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of fine art, good food, lively conversation and natural beauty.

Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at 765 Wonn Road, #C-103 at the historic Greenbank Farm. Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  For further information, call 360-222-3070 or email

Pictured at top is “Fog at Deception,” pastel by Annette Hanna. Photos courtesy of the artist.

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