New show at the Gallery at Towne Centre

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Gallery at Towne Centre, on the lower level of the LFP Towne Centre, presents a new show with artwork by Amy Pleasant and Betsy Best-Spadaro. The exhibit will run from March 4 to April 12, 2010. The artist open house is Thursday, March 11, from 5-7 pm.

Spring is coming! The days are getting longer and March announces the end of winter. Come celebrate with us and drink in some bright, colorful artwork by Amy Pleasant and Besty Best-Spadaro. Join us on Thursday, March 11 from 5-7 for a special artist open house for an opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions about their art and enjoy some refreshments.

Iris and Lemons, by Amy Pleasant

Amy Pleasant

The journey to painter has been a crooked path. Although I have filled my life with art, both admiring it and producing it, I did not start painting until 2000. My vocation as a middle school teacher was interrupted with a faint call in the direction of my dreams. My paintings became my own language; a visual language, surely influenced by those who came before, but sill uniquely me. For the painter this expression becomes as much a part of life as talking and listening. It is all the more rewarding if others share in the emotion which brought about the work in the first place. 

Flutter by Betsy Best-Spadaro

Betsy Best-Spadaro

I’ve spent 20 years raising children, all the while fitting “artist” into the mix of diapers, housework, bedtime stories and the PTA. Even my medium, relief printmaking, was chosen for the ease with which it blended into domestic life. I learned early on that while supervising homework it is much easier to stand at the kitchen counter and carve a block than to be out in the garage working on a canvas.

My artist work reflects what I have experienced and observed in my every day life. In my relief prints I’ve explored the balance between obligation and desire, power struggles in intimate relationships, the lengths to which one will go to create security or suppress guilt, the joyous uncertainly of raising children. In my work I hope to leave a viewer with a sense of shared experience as well as a heightened awareness of the roles we play.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations. Proceeds from the Gallery at Towne Centre help fund these programs and events. For more information please contact the Arts Council at 206-417-4645 or visit us online.


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