Art exhibit from former Shoreline teacher: Lessons Learned - a view from the classroom

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Broken Heart by Amy Pleasant
For most, it is easy to recall the universal experience of being a student.

In the exhibition, Lessons Learned, artist Amy Pleasant incorporates another perspective by revisiting her past as a teacher. 

Lessons Learned opens on May 8th at the City of Shoreline gallery on the 2nd floor.

The opening reception will be held from 6:30 - 8:30pm on May 8th.

The exhibition will run through July. Hours are 9 - 5 Monday - Friday. 

She would like to gather former students and their parents for the opening.

Paintings and poetry span over two decades spent as a classroom teacher in Los Angeles, Denver, Honolulu and Shoreline, where she taught at Highland Terrace, Parkwood, and Einstein.

Pleasant stopped teaching in 2007 in order to return to school to study Art. She went on to exhibit work grounded in an exploration of generational transition and continues the thread in this current series.

A coming generational shift portends as more and more young people become involved in politics and social activism, the timing seemed right for this particular body of work. It is a looking back and a looking forward at the same time.

Her experience with students has given her great confidence in the potential of young people, evidenced in their enthusiasm, passion and ability to problem solve.

Paintings combining flat opaque and voluminous painterly figures lend to the sense of the changing and unfinished nature of life. There is always more to come. The bright colors and sherbet palette and the integration of abstracted shapes reflect the innocence of the age and hopefulness for the future. In looking back,

Pleasant attended the Art Institute of Seattle and the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle studying under Mark Kang O'Higgins in the Drawing and Painting Atelier. She has exhibited in Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Amsterdam and was one of 12 artists featured in 2014 by the Woman's Caucus of Art.


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