As a child Petra Lewin's love for art and horses ruled her life. It was her good fortune to have parents, who encouraged both.
Winning first place in a junior art competition with a drawing of the De Young Museum and then having it published in the San Francisco Chronical sent her on her way to pursuing and studying the arts.
She started her higher art education at San Francisco City College, majoring in art and photography. This was followed by The Art Institutes of SFCA, where she studied marketing design and layout, and then the Academy of Art-San Francisco. She relocated to Utah when she was accepted to the Art Department at the University of Utah, where she funded her education by making medical drawings and slide presentations.
When her husband at the time received an employment opportunity, they moved to Centralia, Washington. She attended Evergreen State University, where she completed her BA in art and biology.
There were very few art-related jobs in the area at the time, so she sold hand-crafted jewelry and did silversmith fabrication and orthoptic drawings for medical applications, all the while working on their old 20-acre farm. Her first view of the farm reminded her of Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World.” The late-1890s house was a pallet for artistic transformation, with stain and leaded glass windows, lighting shades and wall décor and paintings. A big part of the renovation included converting a 1932 barn into a barn with stalls and the property into a horse facility.
During all these years Lewin owned and rode horses, even bringing two horses from Utah. In the early 1980s she journeyed to Pennsylvania with a Thoroughbred. As a horse and rider team they had won Area VII championships (Pacific Northwest) in Eventing. The team trained with Olympic gold medal Event rider Bruce Davidson and competed in numerous events, such as Kentucky Rolex 3-Day, Chesterland and Radnor. There she purchased an old stone barn and redesigned it into an exceptional stone apartment above a stable.
Lewin was introduced to horseracing when she was hired at T9O ranch in the mid-1970s, where she rode and helped start young Thoroughbreds. This sparked her interest in the world of racing and breeding. She has had horses run at Longacres, Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields, Bay Meadows, Santa Anita and Emerald Downs, as well as East Coast tracks.
A trip back to San Francisco with a horse gave her the opportunity to take classes in computer animation, as well as studies at San Francisco State University, where she studied other forms of animation and film.
"Even after all these years, I still battle with myself about which is most important to me – art or horses. Both have assisted my background and helped me, as well as supported the farm," Lewin states.
She is also a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Washington. As a real estate professional since 1975, she has assisted many breeders in buying or selling horse properties.
Philip H. Red Eagle is a born and raised Northwest writer, artist, metal smith and carver. He is the author of Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior’s Journey, styled in mythical realism and now in its second edition (saltpublishing.com). He is also the originator and a cofounder of The Raven Chronicles: A Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word (1991-present), currently based in Seattle. The Raven Chronicles is now 27 years old. Red Eagle is an “occasional poet” who, these days, spends most of his time working with Tribal Journeys, a cultural movement using the canoe as a vessel for cultural renewal.
Red Eagle began shooting a small 35 mm Canon while In-country Vietnam back in 1971. He purchased a Canon QL Rangefinder at the Cholon Exchange in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). Later, when back in the fleet in ‘72 and ’73, he bought a Canon F-1, 35 mm SLR camera (top of the line).
Once back in the states and stationed in San Diego, Red Eagle took photography classes at San Diego City College. He also started taking wedding pictures for his buddies. He came to the University of Washington in 1976 and continued his education and his camera expertise, moving to professional levels in the ‘80s, shooting headshots and doing model portfolios and ad photography, and then moving to gallery level photography in the early ‘90s. He has currently started digitizing his old slides and black and white work and is now shooting with a Sony digital camera.
Artist Judy Ryan creates mixed media art pieces using intense, vibrant color with a unique style that combines art with history to tell a story. Ryan also works in oils and acrylics with a focus on portraits and still life. Her rich, warm colors bring her still life and portrait paintings to life.
“My passion for art was instilled in me at a young age. My father was an accomplished artist in his own right and was eager to pass on his skills to any of his children that showed an interest in art,” Ryan explained. “What he taught me I still practice to this day. The importance of drawing skills, strong design principles, values and color. His love of art, and striving to always keep learning lives through me today.”
Ryan has studied with a variety of artists including Del Gish, Jim Lamb, Ned Mueller, Carolyn Anderson, and Pam Ingalls.
Her work has been exhibited in the Pacific Northwest and is in collections throughout the United States. She participated and won numerous awards in the equine art show at Emerald Downs as well as in other art competitions.
Ryan has served as Chair of the Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission for the past twelve years. She spearheads the Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show, now in its 39th year. Under Ryan’s leadership, the show has grown larger each year, attracting entries from as far away as New York City and Florida.
Recently, Ryan served on the Sound Transit’s artist selection panel for the Mountlake Terrace Link Light Rail Station. More about Judy Ryan can be found on her website at ryanartstudios.com.