Meet the 2024 Sketcher Fest guest artists

A stellar roster of 19 artists will lead sketching activities in downtown Edmonds and present their sketchbooks at the Edmonds Waterfront Center during the second edition of Sketcher Fest July 19-21, 2024.

The art festival lineup includes renowned painters, professional illustrators, architects and urban sketchers from the Seattle area, California, Europe and South America.

Eduardo Bajzek (Sāo Paulo) is an award-winning architectural illustrator and author of “Rio Sketchbook.” Genine Carvalheira (Bogota) has filled more than 80 sketchbooks during her travels in more than 30 countries. James Hobbs (London) is the author of “Sketch Your World,” “Pen and Ink” and the soon-to-be released “Sketchbook Reveal,” which will be presented at the event. Oliver Hoeller (Vienna) received the international travel sketchbook award “Prix de Carnet de Voyage” in 2022. Globetrotting French artist Lapin (Barcelona) has filled more than 220 sketchbooks and published more than 40 books. Ketta Linhares (Lisbon) is an artist originally from Timor-Leste and founder of the Laloran brand of hand-crafted sketchbooks.

Other artists who will be teaching and presenting their work at Sketcher Fest for the first time include Michele Cooper, veteran watercolor instructor and longtime member of Urban Sketchers Seattle; Suhita Shirodkar, a renowned urban sketcher who was selected as Creative Ambassador of the City of San Jose in 2023; Brenda Swenson, a former director of the National Watercolor Society and author of “Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook”; and Daniel Winterbottom, a landscape architect and recipient of an Urban Sketchers Reportage Grant for his project, “The Shifting Landscapes of Despair, Hope, Survival and Persistence.“

Artists returning to Sketcher Fest for a second year include well-known members of the local urban sketching community Stephanie Bower, Andika Murandi, David Chamness, Frank Ching and Eleanor Doughty, as well as organizers Gabi Campanario, Jane Wingfield and Gail Wong.

Graphite Arts Center will be the hub for Sketcher Fest activities July 19-20, when most of the invited artists will be teaching workshops and leading discussions about drawing techniques and other subjects. 

The Edmonds Waterfront Center will host the event’s signature Sketchbook Fair and Art Market on Sunday, July 21.

“Sketcher Fest participants are in for a treat,” says Portuguese guest artist and drawing professor Mário Linhares, who serves as the event programming director. “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who loves art and travel to meet, greet and learn from some of the best travel sketchbook artists in the world.” 

Programming and ticket sales information will be announced in February.

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The Sketcher Fest Team

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