Haunting and Sweet, New Exhibit Pays Respects to Young Artist

All this month, Aqus Cafe showcases pieces by young Petaluma artist Phoebe Washer who died four years ago in a hiking accident


A new exhibit at Aqus Café unveils new limited edition prints by a young Petaluma artist who died four years ago in a tragic hiking accident in the Marin Headlands.

Phoebe Washer was just 20 when she died, but she was already an accomplished artist with several shows under her belt. Now Washer’s family, including mother Drew Washer, who owns Heebe Jeebe gift store in downtown Petaluma, has released 13 new prints on paper and canvas as a way of honoring Phoebe’s memory.

Washer graduated from Petaluma High School in 2005 and was attending San Francisco State University at the time of her death. Although she was just starting out her career, Phoebe’s works are highly textured and multilayered and have been praised for their level of skill and imagination.

They include fantastical images of game boards, intestine filled wine bottles, old atlas maps that are simultaneously sweet and disturbing. The show runs through November 4.

All proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to the Phoebe Washer Foundation for the Arts which raises money for art supplies for schools and will award scholarships to local art students.

There will also be a reception for the new show on Saturday, October 20 from 4pm to 6pm at Aqus Café, 189 H Street.

drew washer October 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The originals were shown in several shows... All were sold but were kindly returned to her family after her death... These are a new release of limited edition prints . . The show includes 3 differnt print releases and is up through Oct 31...For more info please call Heebe Jeebe 707-773-3222
Karina Ioffee October 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thanks for the clarification, Drew.
Active Thinker October 08, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Amazing art work! Love it.


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