“Playful” exhibit is poster contest for the 18th annual Kenmore Art Show

Friday, June 17, 2016

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by Beverly Shaw-Starkovich
To celebrate the City of Kenmore receiving a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the seventh year in a row, the Arts of Kenmore Gallery opened the “Playful” exhibit at the Kenmore City Hall on June 3.

The juried competition features works by eighteen Pacific Northwest artists and offers a sneak preview of the “Playful” theme chosen for the broader Kenmore Art Show.

The public enjoyed a well-attended opening reception on June 3, featuring a presentation by Edmonds painter Beverly Shaw-Starkovich. The artist’s acrylic painting of a girl playing on a beach was incorporated into the design of a poster for the Kenmore Art Show.

The AOK Gallery’s featured artists are Ellen Busteed, Frances Clapper, Kathi J. Erickson, Kathy Greisen, Lauren Heerschap, Kathy Kimball, Deborah Knetzger, Ti Locke, Jannelle Loewen, David Maehren, Gail Martinez, Roxine McQuitty, Patrick McSweeney, Jess A. Morissey, Elaine O’Riley, Jill Schwennsen, Beverly Shaw-Starkovich, and Jan Viney.

The 18th annual Kenmore Art Show opens Wednesday, June 22 at Bastyr University with a 5:30pm courtyard reception and awards presentations beginning at 6:30pm. The Art Show features the works of 115 local artists, including memorial to local arts benefactors Florence Lindstrom and Tom Traeger. The summer show runs through Sunday, June 26.

“Playful” is the latest in a series of five city hall exhibits mounted throughout the year by the Arts of Kenmore, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that promotes arts in the Kenmore community through the annual summer art show and other programs, including AOK Grants to six public schools and collaboration on local public art projects. AOK exhibits, events, and initiatives are made possible with support from the City of Kenmore, 4Culture, and AOK Supporters. “Playful” will be on display through August 18.

To learn more about the Kenmore Art Show, purchase artwork, support AOK Grants for Schools program and get involved with the Arts of Kenmore, visit the webpage, email, or contact David Maehren, president of the Arts of Kenmore.


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