The Columbia City Gallery is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibits opening May 14, 2008.
“The Book As Art: Beyond Words” features the imaginative works of eleven artists from Washington, North Carolina, and New Zealand. Curator MalPina Chan demonstrates the interdisciplinary art form of the book as art. These artists’ books assume a variety of forms and methods of bookmaking with an array of materials ranging from handmade papers, fabric, glass, plastic, and metal. Text may or may not be present. Themes include the beauty of nature, politics, family and personal history. Artists are Susan Aurand, MalPina Chan, Bina Donakowski-Jones, Joe Feddersen, Lucia Harrison, Marie Hassett, Margrey Hellmann, Bonnie Thompson Norman, Sharon A Sharp, Fruma Shrensel and Ailie Snow.
“Green,” featuring Mark Ditzler, Rick Duque and Drew Forsell, Eric Edgerton, Joan Engelmeyer, Sarah Lavin, Elinor Maroney and Joan Robbins will be on display in the main gallery. This exhibit explores the participating artists’ varied responses to green, be it the emotional interpretations of color, a reference to the environment, or abstract imagery of botanicals carved out on canvas, in sculpture and various mixed media.
The Artists’ Reception is on Saturday, May 17, 5 – 8pm. This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Both exhibits run from May 14 through July 13, 2008. The gallery is located at 4864 Rainier Avenue South, in historic Columbia City. The Columbia City Gallery is an artists’ cooperative and a program of SEEDArts. The gallery receives support from 4Culture, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 8p, Sundays, 10a to 6p. For more information, see www.ColumbiaCityGallery.com.