Artist reception Thursday at Gallery at Town Center

Monday, October 14, 2019

Charlene Collins Freeman and Shannon Tipple-Leen
October 1 - November 9, 2019
Artist Reception: Thursday, October 17, 5pm-7pm

The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of work by Watercolor Artist Charlene Collins Freeman and Photographer Shannon Tipple-Leen. See these works and the creations of over 80 other local artists during Gallery at Town Center hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm.

Artist Reception: The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park is hosting a reception for exhibiting artists Charlene Collins Freeman and Shannon Tipple-Leen.

Grab a snack, sip a drink and mingle with local art lovers. It’s also a chance to check out all the new items in the shop while enjoying the new exhibit. We hope you can join us on October 17th!

Charlene Collins Freeman

“I am both enthralled and comforted by the richness of everyday scenes and moments. I am drawn to subjects which, through their ordinary and familiar qualities, take on a sense of beauty. Something catches my eye, something common, and in that moment it strikes me as extraordinary. There is great beauty in what surrounds us. In particular, nature continues to inspire me. My work focuses on the pauses between our words and the scenes between our actions, as these represent the threads that connect us.”

Artist Bio

Born in San Francisco, California with an American father and Italian mother, Charlene was raised in Italy and in the U.S., between the new world and the old. She attended Mills College and the University of Utah, where she received her BFA in 1987.

Her artwork and photography have been exhibited in national and international shows and received top awards, including several Best in Show honors. In 2011 Charlene was awarded signature membership in the Northwest Watercolor Society and an Individual Artist Project Grant by 4Culture for her photography work. In 2013 she had two watercolors selected for inclusion in Splash 15, an annual compilation of the year’s best American watercolors published by North Light Books. In the same year she was also invited to join Women Painters of Washington.

Shannon Tipple-Leen

“My photographic images are of pieces I find on my morning walks with my dogs or on trips with my family. I photograph these works either in the studio or on-site with a backdrop.

"My work is about seeing details that are often overlooked when we are moving through our busy lives. I love the contrast between the white backdrop and the piece in front of it. By isolating the piece and removing the context, my hope is the viewer will see parts of these plants they never noticed before. That they will marvel at their color and shape and perhaps when they are out next time, they will stop to appreciate something cool for a few minutes.

"I also have come to recognize that my work is about aging and appreciating the beauty in every stage of the process. I have found that I have a natural fondness for plants that are on the latter end of their life cycle and find that a crinkled edge or bulging seed pod creates a new interest in a piece. I know this is no coincidence as a middle-aged artist.

"In the end, my photographs are a celebration for me, of being able to be out walking in the world, seeing color, texture, and life grow and change and memorialize it during the process.”


The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

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.


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