Artist reception at the Gallery at Town Center June 4

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Join the Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park to celebrate the artwork of Jan Tervonen and Shannon Tipple-Leen while enjoying some light refreshments and chatting with other art lovers. Meet the artists at the reception on Thursday, June 4, 5pm-8pm.

The reception a great time to check out all of the new things in the store. The Gallery at Town Center is a non-profit gallery committed to supporting artists, arts education, and assessable arts for all. Can’t make the reception? Come to the gallery between now and July 5 to see the show. Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-5pm.

Concession Stand
by Jan Tervonen

Jan grew up in a Finnish-American family in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surrounded by the beauty of Lake Superior. She was taught the values of simplicity, organization, and a good pun.  She graduated from Michigan Technological University and was a software professional by trade.

Jan has developed a minimalistic abstract style with a wry sense of humor representative of her Finnish-American roots. Her paintings have been featured in numerous solo and group shows in the Pacific Northwest including the Kirkland Library, Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, the city of Renton’s Carco Theatre, and Pratt Fine Arts Center.
You can see more information about her work at 

Bracelet by Shannon Tipple-Leen

“My creative career started in the darkroom. Photography was my passion but as it became harder to find the chemicals and the time to be in the darkroom I discovered jewelry.

“After several years of running a jewelry business I discovered a way to combine my two loves. The images on my photographic jewelry come from my third favorite thing – walking my dogs. I have found so many wonderful things strolling in my neighborhood. They find their way into my light box and eventually into a jewelry element. It is almost as magical as the darkroom.

“Buttons have always played a central character in my work. By making my own buttons and elements out of these photographs they become wearable fine art. Each piece is a little different from the next.  They are all handmade by me.

“Last year I enlarged one of the photographs to hang in my studio and discovered that they want to be wall art as well as jewelry. Simple and yet so complex, we rarely look at many of these items for more than a minute in our daily lives. When you take them out of the surrounding world you can really appreciate their intricacies.”

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. Proceeds from the Gallery at Town Center help fund arts programs and events.


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