Artists’ Open House scheduled for March 5 at Shoreline City Hall

Monday, February 25, 2013

Corrected 2-26-2013 8:43pm

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the City of Shoreline present a new exhibit March 5 at the Gallery at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N, from 5:30 - 7pm, featuring Beth Betker, Ed McCarthy, Maria Porter, and Ellen Witebsky.

Beth says, “I am forever learning to paint.”  In the process of oil painting by knife, she finds out what the paint itself is teaching about physics and light refraction, and how this communicates emotion and human truth. In her townscapes, she reaches endless joy in odd everyday beauty, however accidental.

Train Yard, West Seattle
Oil on canvas by Beth Betker

Beth Betker has a busy upcoming exhibition schedule including: Savour, JavaZombie Coffee House, Carco Theatre, Lynnwood Library Art Gallery, and Gasworks Gallery.

Babel II by Ed McCarthy
Oil rubbed steel and brass

Ed McCarthy describes himself as “a hydrologist by training, and a right-brained engineer by nature”. He creates steel and wood sculpture, mainly from scrap materials. He uses the sensibilities both of an engineer and of an artist to evoke emotion in the form, and to accentuate the beauty of material and negative space. Ed has exhibited at artEAST Art Center, RE Store, and Matter Gallery. He also fabricates custom architectural metal elements.

Maria Porter studied painting while working toward a degree in drama at the University of Washington. As a young child her favorite school class was art. As a young adult, she loves painting with bright, clear acrylic colors. Maria enjoys working with the elderly as an Activities Director where among other duties, she shares her passion for the arts. Whether leading a watercolor session, playing the piano, or entertaining, she believes – “we are never too old to play”.

Pink Shoes, 2007
Photograph by Ellen Witebsky

Ellen Witebsky’s photographic work is varied and eclectic.  Her “Poems from Home” are photographs of the homes, the havens we create, and retreat into, and the objects we treasure, often cluttered, showing signs of use, of wear, and of love.  She seeks the accidental order, harmony, and chance beauty.

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

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. 


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