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AngelArmsWorks is the name Karen and Warner gave to their renovation of the former Saint Michael Catholic Church on the corner of Third and Avenue B in Snohomish, Washington.
Dedicated in 1889 as the first Catholic Church of Snohomish County, the parish had outgrown its historic home just shy of its Centennial Anniversary. In 1986, it was sold to a private party, then sold again and eventually the now secular property was sold in a bankruptcy auction to Karen Guzak, the only bidder.
Karen’s attraction to the large space was to continue creating her artworks of oversize paintings as pictured below, however, her first project in the new studio was a public art commission from the Bellevue Arts Commission to create artworks for 140th Avenue NE.
It’s a combination of a studio shot taken in 2002 of Karen with her painting “Steller Zone” (42 x 72 inches wide, 1996); and a video produced by Bellevue TV of Karen’s 140th Avenue Public Art Project in Bellevue, 2008.
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Renovation happened in two phases, first the rectory in 1993 and then the church in 2000.
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