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Currently in the Main Salon. . .
Christa Malay: Color Pencil Comic Strips and Book Covers

Eddy and Me Book Cover Art by Christa Malay

'Eddy and Me' is a story of a green dragon created between 1984-86. Several book covers were designed around the character with story lines sketched out in pencil. Small comic strips about Eddy's activities and his friends were added over several months of drawing into the night after coming home from a full time job at a design company in Bellevue.

Eddy and Me Book Cover Art by Christa Malay

The Story Unfolds like this:
A boy gets a toy dragon for his birthday and after coming home from school one day he discovers that Eddy has become a real life-size dragon only the boy and his sister can see. Eddy of course gets to go everywhere they go and a lot of complications unfold since Eddy is too big and too innocent, but proves to be a good companion to the children.

Some Days comic strip art by Christa Malay

'Some Days' is a cartoon strip about a little guy in a raincoat and black umbrella always battling the rain. About 20 ideas were developed, all based on the starting wordS: some days ... For example:
some days --- can get you down
some days --- get a good start
some days --- you think your ship came in
some days --- you have to bring your own sunshine

Both of these ideas were presented to lots of publishers and newspapers, but ... no takers. I have had lots of hours of fun drawing them and while doings so, improved my drawing skills

~ Christa Malay

About Christa Malay:

Christa Malay is an artist born and educated in Berlin, Germany. She has been living in Washington state since 1967. While raising her three children she spent a lot of time sketching and painting with watercolors until she received a grant and a scholarship for a three-year graphic design and fine art program at Spokane Falls Community College, graduating with honors in 1981.

In 1986 Malay and her partner Martin started a silkscreen printing business --- hence the famous name: Martin and Malay. Since then Malay has designed and printed more than 160 serigraph editions, receiving may commissions from art galleries, ski resorts, town festivals, and jazz concerts in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado and Canada. Malay has so far also painted over 1600 original pieces of art in watercolors, pastels, and oils.

Over the last 25 years, Malay has had about 45 solo gallery shows, too many group shows to count and has participated in several art invitationals for the Tacoma Museum, the Bellingham Museum, and the Island Art Museum.

Entering art competitions occasionally, lead to awards. Among them a showcase award for the 'Manhattan Arts International Magazine', the Showcase of Master Pastel Artists in the 'International Artist" Magazine, an article in the book, 'How to Paint Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes' ... and more.

Malay has been publishing her etchings from zinc plates through the 'Island International Artists; company on Guemes Island for 16 years and has created 90 editions. In 2010 she was invited to show a selection of her original paintings for one year at the historical governor's mansion in Olympia, Washington.

After 25 years of constant pressure to produce sometimes up to 100 paintings a year, Malay now shows her art mostly in her own studio and gallery showroom on Lopez Island. To date, more than 15,000 people own one of her original paintings, etching or serigraphs!


341 Shoal Bay Lane
Lopez Island, WA 98261
Open any time by Appointment






Currently in the Display Cabinet. . .

Patty Ward: Chinese Calligraphy

Patty writes: I have been interested din Chinese characters since I was an infant and played with the Chinese bracelet my mom wore. You can see it in the case. Both of my parents had been to Asia before my birth and dad was back often including working in Shanghai for a year between 1947 - 48. I saw calligraphy in my home.

Mom's bracelet with Chinese characters

I tried writing characters as a child. When I was a teenager I read Alan Watts: THE WAY OF ZEN. I copied the characters from the book as well as I could. I also checked out books trying to learn how to write these amazing words. Then life took over and this passion was lost except for collecting wooden boxes with Chinese writing from alleyways behind Chinese restaurants in Seattle, California, and all the way to New York City.

When my children were old enough that they didn't need much attention from me I asked myself what I had always wanted to do that I hadn't done yet. It became instantly clear. I wanted to write characters.

I started studying in 1980 with a friend who had gown up in Taiwan. I learned to speak a little Chinese and how to put the strokes together in the correct way to write words. I found the book CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY by T. C. Lai which was my first instruction to writing with beauty in mind. I began to grind my own ink and practice each character over and over.

Clerical style calligraphy by Patty Ward

I was lucky to find Chong Lusheng next. He was a literature professor from Taiwan who was teaching calligraphy at the UW Experimental College. He not only taught me to write but also how to translate Chinese poems. He was amazed when I was able to find the right words. He felt it was because I lived the reclusive, slow, back to the land lifestyle here on Lopez that I could understand what most Westerners could not.

In 1991 Shumpo Akashi, a Japanese calligraphy master, came to Seattle to teach for a quarter. I traveled there twice a week to study with him. I left the island right after kindergarten was over, drove to Seattle and back, stayed overnight with my folks in Anacortes, caught the first ferry back, and drove right to school. My calligraphy took wings with his instruction.

Calligraphy brushes used by Master Calligrapher, Patty Ward

He established a school that fall in Redmond where I have been studying the Chinese classics ever since with this student, the award winning calligrapher, Yoshi Fujii. He had me enter competitions. Surprisingly, I have won many calligraphy awards. My work has been shown in China, Japan, Seattle, Portland, and L. A.

Calligraphy is a contemplative practice and a literary art form.

~ Patty Ward (March 2014)



Phone: 360.468.3246


In the Quiet Room ...

The quiet room is a beautiful place to read, study, and reflect. It is a peaceful and now more cozy than ever with these beautiful quilt creations hanging and changed each month. Come visit the "quiet room." Thanks to Anne Dawson who swaps out the quilts every now and then.


Art Gallery Coordinator

Meg Ryan has graciously accepted the task of coordinating artists to exhibit their work in the library's main salon and in the display cabinets that face the entry into the library. With a professional background in art and design, Meg has an exceptional eye for form and color, and has assembled an amazing line up of artists to display their works each month into 2013. Among her volunteer duties are placing the advertising for each art show, offering assistance to the artists when their work goes up or down. Meg Ryan, Cabinet Exhibit Coordinator

Seeking and selecting the artists for each show is her primary role. We look forward collaborating with her as she keeps the library gallery as one of the premier places for artists to show their work. Meg Ryan is always on the lookout for artists, seasoned or new, that have a connection with Lopez, to show their work. Contact Meg if you have interest in exhibiting your work.

Meg Ryan - 468-4330


We want to thank Carolyn Cameron for her contributions to the library during the last year. She has recently moved off the island.

Spotted at the Lopez Library on Fisherman's Bay Road

"Spotted at the Lopez Library on Fisherman's Bay Road" by Marc Foster Grant, Acrylic on Homemade Rag Paper 27 X 39 Framed

This recent addition to the library's permanent collection was donated by our local artist, Marc Foster Grant (thank you, Marc!) This acrylic on handmade rag paper can be seen along with many more of his whimsical creations at

History of a Painting

Triptych Pastel by Christa Malay (1993)

This Triptych Pastel was painted in 1993 in the upstairs studio space at Shirley Wright's Grayling Gallery at the request of the library. A large image was needed to be displayed over the then existing steep staircase behind the circulation desk.

A makeshift scaffolding was erected and a large plank spanning the stairwell was used to balance on while hanging the three framed pieces. I think because of these difficulties, the paintings hung there for quite some time.

When remodeling of the library was imminent, they were taken down and Robert Hermann purchased them shortly after that and displayed them to great advantage in his Hunter Bay house over the fireplace.

Now here it is*, once more in a perfect setting.

~ Christa Malay, Artist

* The library would like to thank the Friends of Lopez Island Library, for purchasing this triptych for permanent display in the new Reading Room (Quiet Room - Shhh!). It is lovely and very much at peace now that it has returned back home.