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The First Friday Artwalk for February is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. It features new work such as Winter Blueberry Fields, Skagit Valley, by Steve Hill, at Scott-Milo Gallery. Many downtown galleries are open 'til 9.

Burton Jewelers, 620 Commercial Ave., will feature the continuing collective art show of works that represent the Skagit Farmlands. This will be the last art walk of this show and new works by several of the artists, including Cynthia Richardson and Peregrine O’Gormley, will be presented. Burton Jewelers will partner with the Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland for this art walk, and wine will be offered for purchase as a fundraiser.

The Good Stuff Arts, 604 Commercial Ave., continues its two-month show “Art Dynamics,” which features more than 30 local artists and their bold, innovative artworks in all media that showcase each person’s concept of this theme. Cynthia Richardson is the featured artist for February and will show her Pacific Northwest scenes. Her demonstration will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday. New Artists include Cheryl Hellam, photography on canvas; Adriana Mannion, three-dimensional marker and ink paintings; Ron Radtke, organic wood sculptures; and Jill West, intricate gourd sculptures; and new textile pillows and lavender sachets by Ruth Owen. Also jewelry by Darlene Klister, Sarah Swietzer, Annette Tamm and Mel Williams; and blown glass art vases by the Seattle Glassblowing Studio.

Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., presents “The expressive language of light and color” with plein air pastel paintings from recent travels by Steve Hill of Lopez Island. Also showing are paintings in oil with still lifes by Barbara Benedetti Newton, Northwest landscapes by Damon Brown, impressionistic local scenes by Donna Nevitt Radtke and boats and birds by Lorna Libert.

The Majestic Inn and Spa, 419 Commercial Ave., welcomes Dedrian Clark. She spent her childhood enjoying the beauty and small-town atmosphere of Saratoga and surrounding areas of Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. Summer vacations were spent exploring the forests of northern California, Nevada, and Colorado. Dedrian now translates her love of nature to her pastel paintings.

The Depot Arts & Community Center, 611 R Ave., features the NWESD 189 Regional High School Art Show, showcasing art from high schools in northwest Washington. Winners from our region will be chosen for the 45th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show, which is a statewide competition sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Opening reception and awards presentation is at 7 p.m. Friday. The show is also open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Depot is also hosting the Anacortes Arts Commission, which will present Artists Northwest. The group of 31 artists meets once a month. They provide a supportive environment, opportunities to enhance skills, and encourage artists to grow. The show continues 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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