Art Exhibits

The Lynnwood Convention Center and Schack Art Center are working together to display art from local artists throughout the Convention Center. 

The exhibitions are rotated twice a year and with each installation there is an Artist Reception where the artists themselves can talk about their work and answer questions from the public.

The mediums vary from painting, photography, and mixed media to contemporary quilting. 

The public is welcome to come and view the current art exhibits during Convention Center regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. 

Currently featuring the artwork by:


Sunyoung Kim 

It is always emotion that Sunyoung Kim captures from the objects she paints. Reflected in her paintings are the transient perceptions of emotional empathy. She pushes her imaginations and ideas to the limit for opening up her mind to interpret her own experience into creative elements of art. Her paintings start from the people around her. They derive from connections between people and all the mixed emotions of love, happiness, hope, sorrow, and pain. They represent the story of life and deliver memories of each moment that keeps our stories going on.



Mareen Larson 

Mareen Larson has an intuitive and experimental approach to painting.  Her mixed-media work consists of many layers of paint, often combined with calligraphic marks, hand-painted fabrics and paper, found objects and personal memorabilia.  Each expressive piece is unique; the hand of the artist is evident. 

Her goal is to unify various elements in a balanced composition that are often abstract and cryptic.  Paintings often have the feeling of immediacy and energy evident in the beginning stages of her creative process.


Fiona K. Lau 

This body of work is based on the different places that Fiona K. Lau has travelled, worked and lived.  Her experience engaging with a mélange of cultures and professions has had a profound influence on her art practice.  Her personal history has grounded her in the belief of unity within global cultures.  She wants to explore unfamiliar places where different ways of thinking, seeing and expression enrich the human experience.  This is the foundation and inspiration of her work.  She hopes to communicate these experiences as a part of our shared humanity, finding unity within diversity. 

The constant need for adaptation in crossing between cultures also leads to disorientation in the conception of self and identity where boundaries of countries and cultures dissolve and mix together.  She feels an urgent need to contemplate and explore such interactions and the resulting phases of growth and change.  To this end, she composes drawings and paintings by layering and blending images from personal memories and photographic sources to analyze her experience.  Within the formal questions of painting, she experiments with the construction and destruction of space and form to explore the limits of visual language.  Fiona wants to understand what anchors an image as recognizable and what produces the sense of disorientation.  She combines these two inquiries in her work, using layered forms, multiple spaces and ambiguous perspective.


Joye Melby 

Joye Melby, artist and educator, has loved being involved in the art-making process for as long as she can remember. Her love of the creative process led her to a career in art education where she could share that passion with her students. Before and throughout her teaching career, Joye created and exhibited her work in many Northwest galleries and has continued to pursue her passion for painting in retirement.

The current works on exhibit are a diversion from her usual human image paintings but are consistent with previous work in her use of color. Her work with Cyrus Running at Concordia College triggered Joye's love of design elements. In this "Ukiyo-e" series, Joye investigated the possibility of using sections of Japanese prints (kimonos) as abstract design, developing them into flowing, colorful canvasses. The kimonos, treated as flat and linear in the prints, take on a dimensional quality once again in this series of paintings.


Trinity Osborne 

Trinity Osborn is known for her works and images that convey texture, askew arrangements of elements and address concepts of insightfulness and inquisitiveness. She strives to capture everyday slices of time and bring attention to them. Viewers are invited to look closer at that which is and has been experienced on a daily basis in hopes to see the truth, goodness, and beauty that lies within. Trinity Osborn received her BA in Studio Art from George Mason University’s Institute of Art in 2001. She is a local artist from Monroe, Washington. When not in the art studio, Trinity shares her passion for the arts with teenagers as a high school visual arts educator. She focuses on the theoretical assets of art, aiming to depict the complications of life through a combination of color, textures, and symbolism.

The following series is titled “Spark” and was created to ignite one towards virtuous acts within community (from generosity, joy, creativity, compassion, integrity, and courage). These paintings challenge a viewer to see past a chromatic outlook and kindle a virtue that could be a catalyst or “spark” that spreads from one person to another. These works are meant to be visually bright, stimulating and encouraging.


Barbara Ritter

Barbara Ritter’s work starts with spontaneous, random and irreverent use of texture, shape and line without intention. Then she is forced to discover, change, choose, experiment and develop it to make art. Ritter wants for freedom and experimentation which she escapes to through her vivid imagination; seeing things in her paintings. For Ritter, her paintings are alive and she wants them to be unpredictable, constantly interesting and open for the viewers’ interpretation. 



Jan Tervonen

Jan Tervonen is an abstract artist who works primarily with watercolor and ink. She paints loosely with bright colors and bold brushstrokes strongly influenced by mid-century modern art and Japanese sumi paintings.  She comes from a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surrounded by the beauty of Lake Superior.  She grew up in a Finnish-American family, and was taught the values of simplicity, organization, and a good pun.


Frank Wieditz 

Frank Wieditz was born in Bamberg, Germany in 1944. He spent his childhood in Berlin, immigrating to the United States in the mid 1950's. Eventually moving to Seattle, he attended the University of Washington where he received his BFA in 1969 and BS and MFA in 1972. His work has been shown in the Henry Gallery as well as regional and local juried shows.

As a minimalist, Frank Wieditz plays with composition and color, reducing objects to their most basic forms while still representing dimensional concepts. His mathematical background and German heritage have had a strong influence on his artistic style. This influence can currently be seen in his most recent landscape and water series.


Stephen Yates

Stephen Yates was raised in Idaho and has lived and painted in the Port Townsend area for many years, moving here after receiving degrees in painting from the University of Oregon (BFA) and the University of Kansas (MFA.)  He has an extensive exhibition history, participating in over 130 group exhibits and more than 30 solo exhibits. He has received a number of awards including a Fellowship from Artist Trust, Seattle.  His work is found in numerous collections including Microsoft Corporation; The City of Seattle; The City of Portland, OR; The Governor's Office , Washington State, Olympia; Jefferson County Museum of Art & History, Port Townsend; Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI;  Kipton Financial Services, New York, NY;  Overlake Hospital, Bellevue; Norm Dicks Government Center, Bremerton; Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup and The University of Washington-Cascadia College, Bothell, WA.     Website:

Artist’s Statement

My paintings for many years have suggested a sense of energy and movement. The imagery has a number of themes: Water, from currents underwater to reflections on the surface, often with plants; Space and forms moving through ambiguous atmospheres - is it the macrocosm of outer space with stars and satellites, an undersea environment full of creatures, plants and pollution or the microcosm of bacteria and nanoparticles? Inspirations range from the wildness of the natural world to the immediacy of Asian calligraphy, from abstract expressionism to the repetitious mark making of tribal cultures. The paintings are developed with gestural marks, flickering brushwork, drips, puddles and smears. During the painting process layers of paint are integrated - controlled mark-making is melded with unpredictable paint qualities. I seek unlikely visual situations where gestures combine with fluid or viscous paint to suggest the world both seen and unseen.


Artist Reception

February 8th, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

To apply to display your artwork at the Lynnwood Convention Center, please contact:

Carie Collver

Guidelines below: