Verksted Gallery turns 15 today

Co-op art studio has become a major Poulsbo attraction.

POULSBO — It’s been a gathering place for skilled local artists for the last 15 years but as the Verksted Gallery marks its fifteenth year in business today, those who have been involved in the co-op will be showing more than their handmade crafts — they’ll be showing they know how to throw a grand party as well.

From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, the Front Street fixture will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with free punch and cookies as well as prizes that will be randomly awarded to visitors.

Gracie the Clown will also be on hand to greet the public with a smile. Those wishing to get into the act, and have their own faces painted by some of Kitsap County’s best artisans, can do so and help the Marine Science Center at the same time. All face painting proceeds will go to the MSC to assist with programs and displays there.

Featured artists for April will also be at the event, including Northwest landscape artist Larry Brownley, porcelain doll artist Gracie “the Clown” LaBombard and stonework creator Trudi Peek. The group will be joined by various others of the 35 co-op members, some of whom have been with the gallery since its inception.