Last October, we invited artists to express their sense of community, whether a literal community of neighbors and friends, or a huge sense of mankind, or a more abstract community—that of creativity, of art itself. The response is stunning—thank you to everyone who submitted work, and to the artists represented here who shared their work with us. We celebrate all of these artists who are celebrating community in their own ways, and each week we share one with you!

Oil Painting | Ann Chaikin


Ann Chaikin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in Bellingham, Washington. She painted and drew as a child but had to give up her art in order to have time for school, family, and work; and for photography and music, her other two creative passions. Ann began to paint again in 2005. She is an active member of the Studio UFO Group in Bellingham and studies with its founder, Trish Harding.