New show opens Wednesday at Shoreline City Hall Gallery

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the City of Shoreline present a new exhibit featuring artists:

Nicole Appell, mixed media painting
Peggy Barnett, photography
Jim Matthew, acrylic painting
Miao (Mia) Wu, acrylic painting

The show opens January 28 and runs through April 24, 2015. Shoreline City Hall is located at 17500 Midvale Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133. For more information contact the Arts Council at 206-417- 4645 or

Nicole Appell, Rising with Hope, mixed media painting

Nicole Appell

Nicole is a Seattle artist who draws inspiration from nature. In this series, she reflects on the quiet pause that nature gives us, and offers her deepest gratitude for the few wilderness areas that are protected. Her mixed media artworks involve a deeply layered process, including paints, papers, fabrics, threads and a variety of whimsical found objects. A graduate of the UW School of Art, Nicole has taught art at many venues including the Kirkland Arts Center, the Frye Art Museum, UW Summer Day Youth Programs, and many Public Schools.

Peggy Barnett, Foss Road Trestle, photography

Peggy Barnett

Peggy is an accomplished poet and photographer. Her photographs are memories of time and place that she takes with her into the future, just as her poetry moves back and forth over the years. Her images evoke a vision of the places where she has traveled and of Snohomish County, where she now lives. Peggy earned a fine arts degree in printmaking from The Cooper Union in NY. After working in her own professional photography studio for 42 years, she moved from Manhattan to the Northwest in 2006. She has received many awards for her still-lifes. Her poetry book “On Your Left!” was published in 2012.

Jim Matthew, Celery Munchers, acrylic painting

Jim Matthew

Jim believes that our eyes and mind edit and simplify the world, to make the world simple enough to live with. His art tries to construct a world that re-captures some of the random complex inputs that our minds might have edited out. Since learning to paint at four years old from his Grandfather, Jim has been influenced by Bill Mair, Gaylen Hansen and Andy Hoffmeister, and also worked as a studio assistant for Alden Mason. Jim has exhibited widely in the Northwest. He is represented by Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle, and previously by Woodside/Braseth Gallery.

Miao (Mia) Wu, Summer, acrylic painting

Miao (Mia) Wu

Mia was born in China. She specializes in folk and contemporary abstract art. She works primarily in acrylic and watercolor, and is inspired by nature and vivid colors. While travelling throughout China, she discovered her artistic passion documenting the little known ethnic tribes of China. She continues to explore different artistic styles, from traditional Chinese to modern painting. Since 1999, her work has been shown in China, Sweden and Zen Dog Studio & Tea House Gallery in Seattle. Her paintings are collected worldwide.

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


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