Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Honored in Kent

I was part of the City of Kent juried summer art exhibit this year. The show opened last week with a busy reception. I was so happy to see friends from as far as Bellevue and Lacy and make new ones from all around the area. I'll put some pictures from the exhibit. The level of artwork was high, and I was happy to be a part of it all. You can still go and visit until Aug 27th, 2010, at the Centennial Center gallery (400 W. Gowe St, Kent, WA). Gallery hours are 8am-5pm during weekdays.

This exhibition has been so special to me. My work has been honored in so many ways. My image of a bullfinch made it to the front of the exhibition card and I received two awards in the show- a purchase award to be included in the City of Kent portable works collection and the Gallery Award to have a 2 month exhibition next year. And to top it off, most of the work sold by the end of the night. I feel so very blessed (James 1:17). I am so excited to have a show opportunity in Kent. The space is great, with lots of traffic, so it will be possible to reach a wide audience.

I just wanted to mention at least one other artist who is in the juried show with me. Maria Coryell-Martin has her work right next to mine on the wall. You can see her work on the second picture from the top. Her work is exciting through how it is created- bringing together art, outdoors and science- to raise environmental awareness. Maria makes color sketches in the field in freezing environments and then develops them into large watercolor paintings in her studio. Here is a short excerpt from her website: "As an Expeditionary Artist, I travel to remote regions and paint environments vulnerable to climate change, following the tradition of traveling artists such as Emily Carr in British Columbia, Thomas Moran in the American West, and Edward Wilson in Antarctica. Since 2005, I have focused on polar and glaciated environments, including Greenland, Antarctica, British Columbia, and the North Cascades mountains in Washington State." Currently she is getting ready to head to Greenland for an expedition. How exciting is that!

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