New exhibit at Shoreline City Hall Gallery

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Shoreline City Hall Gallery
Beautiful Memories

Amy Pleasant, mixed media paintings
Paul Lewing, acrylic paintings

August 2 – October 26, 2012
Shoreline City Hall 
N 175th St and Midvale Ave N
Monday to Friday 9 - 5

Open House - Meet the Artists
Thursday, August 2, 6pm – 8:30pm

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the City of Shoreline present a new exhibit featuring:
  • Amy Pleasant, mixed media paintings
  • Paul Lewing, acrylic paintings

Amy Pleasant
Longevity, mixed media painting

Two years ago Seattle artist Amy Pleasant inherited the family photograph album, which inspired a group of paintings, and led her to collect discarded vintage photos.  Her series "Lost and Found" asks, "What becomes of us when there is no one left to remember?”

Seeing these paintings, a woman offered Amy over 200 photos inherited from the woman’s great aunt. Amy noticed these photos cover one couple's lifetime together - the Coolidge family from 1930s to 1970s. They hold an intimate visual record of those small, unscripted moments of life. The artist's ornamentation and embellishment of the original photo visually hints at "the hero's journey" lived in the unremarkable details of daily life. As a culmination for this work the artist is, literally, "looking for the Coolidges" so that she may return this collection to the descendants.

Amy is an internationally exhibited artist, whose most recent show is at the Revalidatiecentrum Reade, Amsterdam. Her work is in many collections, including Northwest Hospital in Seattle. Find out more here.

Paul Lewing
Boeing Creek in Shoreview Park, acrylic painting

Paul Lewing creates paintings that recall the wonderful times he’s spent with his wife, his friends, in the mountains, on the trails, or at the beach. After a very successful career as a ceramics artist and teacher, Paul has returned to his love of painting since his youth. Paul’s work has been exhibited in many regional and national exhibitions, and is included in many collections, including the Montana Institute of the Arts, and Colorado Springs Art Museum. Seattle’s Mayor once presented Paul’s art to the King of Sweden and the Queen of Denmark.

About his paintings, Paul says, “It’s hard to describe the pure visceral joy of making marks, but part of it is the joy of returning to exactly what I wanted to do when I was ten years old. It really is like being a kid again.” Find out more here

This exhibit opening coincides with the opening of "Pianotime" (artist painted pianos) and “Art Al Fresco” Sculpture Exhibition on city hall grounds and park.

Shoreline City Hall is located at 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133. For more information contact the Arts Council at 206-417-4645.


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