Grandson and grandmother reconnect for Edmonds dual art exhibit

Both will be on hand for Art Walk Edmonds Sept. 19
By Elyse Cregar | Sep 12, 2019
Courtesy of: Elyse Cregar Avery Caudill, 18, shooting photos in southeast Australia.

While living in Idaho, I always enjoyed walks with my young grandsons in the University of Idaho Arboretum.

I often loaned Avery Caudill, my oldest grandson, my Nikon DSLR camera. At 12, he used that camera to teach himself sophisticated camera techniques, and his passion for photography grew. Over the next few years he dove into film editing and saved up to buy several more cameras – and a few drones.

Before he was of voting age, he'd become a professional filmmaker, photographer, and licensed drone pilot.

In 2013, I traveled with Avery to Edmonds. We explored the Edmonds Marsh together, Avery with his binoculars and his grandmother's digital camera. He loved traveling on the ferries and displayed a sense of wonder for the natural world around him.

Inspired by the marine birdlife and deep forests between the mountain ranges, his photo journey grew throughout his teenage years.

In 2015 Avery won Best in Show (Youth Category) at the Latah (Idaho) County Fair, for his photograph of feeding gulls in the San Juan Islands. I later painted a watercolor of this lively scene, as my grandson’s photos often inspire my paintings.

In a synchronous connection to the area, Edmonds became a focus this year for our art, thanks to the generosity of the staff at Windermere Real Estate in Edmonds.

Avery will be showing his photographs and I will be displaying my landscape paintings at the Windermere Real Estate Office at 210 Fifth Ave. S, Suite, through Sept. 27. We will both be present for Art Walk Edmonds 5-8 p.m. Sept. 19.

Now 18, Avery has traveled widely with his photo gear to New England, Canada, Alaska, England, Australia and the Southwest. He is currently exploring his passion for filming in the Pacific Northwest while taking a gap year before entering Boise State University next fall.

"I've loved it here since before I started taking photos,” he told me. “It's going to be great to take a gap year on the west side. I'm grateful to my grandmother for all her support."

My oil painting "The Hiker" was recently juried into the 2019 Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition and Show held in January at Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton. My work was displayed in June 2018 at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

I now live in Poulsbo, where I am a member of the Plein Air Washington artists. Avery lives in Moscow, Idaho.

I'm just so pleased that after these wonderful years as Avery's grandmother, we now get to enjoy being professional artistic colleagues.


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