Mini Confab Sessions

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of professional development sessions for artists taught by professionals in their field. Check back here frequently as we will continue to add workshops throughout the year. Please register to attend by contacting us: 509-925-2670 or email

Feel free to get in touch if you would like to suggest topics for future events.

Mini Confabs & MAC Speaks Series

The Robert B. McMillen Foundation in collaboration with Gallery One and Allied Arts of Whatcom County are hosting conversation, skill building and networking opportunities FOR artists BY artists.

Documenting and Archiving Your Work

Wednesday, May 25, 6-7:00 pm – ZOOM (registration closes at 5pm the day of the event)
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Get valuable insights on photographing your art and keeping track of it. Sarah Haven will share tips and tricks she has learned from years of experience photographing her own work as well as artwork for the Gallery One Gift Shop so your next application will stand out. Sam Albright will discuss useful online platforms for tracking and inventorying your work. Keep critical information about your art right at your fingertips and never worry you’ll forget titles, mediums, values, where your art has been shown, or who has purchased your work.

Meet the speakers:

As the Retail & Events Manager, Sarah Haven’s primary role, beyond creating product displays and managing inventory, is to cultivate and maintain relationships with artist vendors. Sarah came to Washington after completing her BFA at Ohio State University. After earning her MFA at Central Washington University, Sarah was fortunate to step into the role of visiting professor and run the ceramics program at CWU for 3 years. As a community member, Sarah served on the board of the Ellensburg Film Festival for five years during which time she was awarded the Promising Arts Leader by the Laughing Horse Arts Foundation in 2010. Sarah was an artist member of Punch Gallery in Seattle for two years and a member of the Culture Lab artist collective, a countrywide group that shows nationally and internationally, for five years.  She also co-founded the Ellensburg Downtown Community Garden and remains an active member.

 Sam Albright is an artist and musician living in Ellensburg, Washington, USA. He enjoys a lifelong exploration of the arts through painting and sculpture, writing, playing and recording music and making some of the instruments he plays.




Contemporary Traditional Art: A Place to Stand

Friday, May 27, 5-5:45 pm – ZOOM (registration closes at 5pm the day of the event)
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Is traditional art contemporary art? Is traditional art considered the artistic knowledge from the past? Join Asian American Artist Anita Yan Wong ( a 4th generation *Lingnan artist) to explore the medium; the inspiration; the struggles and the place to stand for “Contemporary Traditional” Art in the current art age.

Anita Yan Wong, M.F.A., is an Asian American Women Artist best known for her expressive brush strokes and unique style of  “Contemporary Traditional” paintings that defies tradition and modernity. The artist, who taught at UC Berkeley S.F. extension California in recent years, is a 4th generation Lingnan painter (which originated in southern China in the late 19th century, known for the fusion of mastering modern Chinese, Japanese and Western painting approaches.). Wong worked as an art Professor for over 14 years at MICA, SVA and Temple University before returning to a sole focus on her art in 2015. Her works are currently featured Internationally on over 60 Traditional and Hip Cultural Blogs & Art Magazines including N.Y. Arts, ESPN, Disney Inc., Daily Arts Magazine, Flower Magazine, Art Dependence Magazine, My Modern Met, KTSF Channel 26 News Interview and a cover story of Works & Conversations 2017. The artist was awarded first place wall art by “Design within Reach” in Design Philadelphia Award; “Excellent Scholars” from Maryland Institute College of Art & “Teaching excellence honor” from the art Institute and Fellowship Award from Robert B. McMillen foundation 2021. Wong’s work is researched by Academics; Art historians and Phd students Internationally. She has collaborated with MAHB, Stanford University with the goal of preserving Lingnan Guo Hua and the beauties in nature. Yale University’s China Hands Magazine described her paintings as “Traditional art form that questions the modern minds.”