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PERMANENT ART

“Spectra”, by local artist Doug Hansen, stands 35 feet tall and is created from an array of steel, fused glass and fiber optics. This unique art piece is located just outside the Convention Center on the corner of 36th Ave. and 196th St. SW.

Just inside the 1st level entrance, guests can step onto Rick Mullarky’s interactive floor “Terrapixel” a 64-glass tile installation, generating a light display, commemorating the Convention Center’s state of the art design.

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ROTATING ART


The Lynnwood Convention Center and Acorn Studios are working together to display art from local artists throughout the Convention Center. The mediums vary from painting, photography, and mixed media to contemporary quilting. The exhibitions are rotated twice a year and with each installation there is an Artist Reception where the artists can talk about their work and answer questions from the public.

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. The art exhibit can be viewed in the evenings and on weekends when the building is open for events.

Information about the artists currently being showcased can be viewed below.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the art or to apply to display your artwork at the Lynnwood Convention Center, please complete the art submission form. Please email nwgalleryservices@gmail.com with questions.
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Artist Reception

Join us for our bi- annual Artists' Reception. This free event is a great opportunity to meet the featured artists while enjoying complimentary house-made appetizers and a no-host bar.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Current Exhibit:


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Bonnie Bucknam

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From the Artist:

I have lived in three very different environments. I grew up in Southern California where the light is unrelenting and direct. 1000 Palms Oasis Preserve is in Rancho Mirage in the Southern California desert. About a mile and a half from the visitors’ center is McCallum Spring, where water seeps up through the San Andreas fault. The spring itself is lined with arroweed, willows, and cattails. Because the palms are unattended, the fronds pile up several feet high at the base of each tree. The site is a strange combination of dry desert landscape and green wetland vegetation.

Next I spent 31 years in Alaska. With the midnight sunsets and sunrises of summer and the broken and reflective light of the snow and ice in the winter, Alaska seems to shimmer. For 23 years in Anchorage, Alaska, I worked in an office which overlooked Cook Inlet. In the spring and summer, beluga whales would pass by. In the winter gigantic chunks of sea ice moved back and forth with the tide.

Ten years ago I moved to the Pacific Northwest where much of the year is overcast and gloomy. But when the sun shines, the light is shattered and filtered through the vegetation of the dense rain forests. Just a few miles north of Vancouver, Washington, where I live, is the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. I took some photos while walking along a forest trail. I am fascinated by the shattering of light filtering through the leaves.

This work is my effort to embody these familiar landscapes.

Alfred Currier

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About the Artist:

Lifelong artist, Alfred Currier, received his formal education at Columbus College of Art and Design and the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he earned his degree in fine art. He is an artist member of the prestigious Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago.

Currier is noted for his use of brilliant color and texture, as well as his focus on the figure. Primarily known for his large vibrant impasto oil paintings, Currier often depicts his travels en plein air as well. His loosely painted plein air work range from urban street paintings showing crowded markets or restaurants in Europe and South America as well as pristine wilderness landscapes around the globe. In 2005 Currier was the featured artist for Bulb Art Holland, an organization that represents the bulb industry in the Netherlands. He has participated in the Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Invitationals (LAPAPA) and garnered the top award at Plein Air Washington’s annual show in 2007.He is also a noted juror through out the Northwest including a past juror for the Plein Air US Open, and Paint Out Maui.

Marquand Books in association with the University of Washington Press published Alfred Currier: Impasto in 2003, author Ted Lindberg. Currier illustrated the children’s book How Far to Heaven, pub Illumination Arts 1994.Other noted mentions include Art of the State of Washington , 1999: pub Harry N. Abrams, the cover of American Artist 1997, and Best of the West, Southwest Art 1997.


TRISH HARDING

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From the Artist:

Trish Harding was born in Washington State and grew up on Lummi Island literally feet from the water’s edge with a magnificent view of Mt Baker at the same time.Her formal art training includes Western Washington State College (now WWU), and The Academy of Art College, San Francisco.

Recognized as a Northwest Painter of regional icons she is best known for her land and seascapes as well as her urban industrial landscapes due to her work inspired by the deconstruction of the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill near her studio.

Her love of plein air painting offers an in the moment quality to her brush strokes and application of paint She has facilitated the Annual Downtown Bellingham Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibition (PAPO) event for 12 years.

In 2017 Trish was selected as the Skagit Valley International Tulip Festival Poster Artist.Her image recently received the Gold Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Associationfor Best Commemorative Poster in 2017.

Trish is owner of Studio UFO in Bellingham, which has proven to be the hot spot in town for leading edge art and art education.Trish not only teaches at Studio UFO she also has been teaching at Whatcom Community College for over 20years, and Creative Arts Community for 14 years, and countless workshops around the Pacific Northwest.She is an art trip leader to various places in the world including Paris, France, San Miguel & Mexico City Mexico, Yellowstone Park & Cody, Wyoming, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, Palm Springs, and Victoria BC, Canada.

Jeanne Keckler

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From the Artist:

Originally from Michigan, I have lived in Seattle for the past 19 years. I have studied art at Kalamazoo College, the University of Michigan, and with local Seattle Artists.

The paintings that I am currently exhibiting in the Lynnwood Convention Center, include both Mixed Media and Abstract Paintings. A strong sense of flow, is a continuing theme in both bodies of work. The abstract paintings are emotionally expressive while the mixed media is an experience of creating a puzzle, then solving it.

Mixed media has been my creative choice for the past two decades. I use texture in combination with contradicting patterns in the service of visual tension. My subjects for this work are typically large animals, waterfowl, or fish. My process is to do a number of iterative studies/drawings of my subject, creating a graphic image with flowing lines. I lay in washes of color, then create patterns either painted on, or via textured, patterned papers, which I also paint on.

My influences have been Expressionism, particularly the intensity of German Expressionism, and Cubism. I am also drawn to the honesty in folk art—strong, simple forms that evoke complex feeling. I love the vibrant, pulsing colors in Mexican folk art and the complexity of—and reliance on—pattern represented in the art of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the astonishing patterns found in nature.

Education:

BA, University of Michigan

MS-Education, Johns Hopkins University

NIKI KEENAN

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From the Artist:

I am compelled to represent the beauty I see from a place of joy, not from a place of pain or catharsis. My goal is to try to capture and represent the emotion that comes from witnessing nature’s bounty. I’m a landscape painter working with water imagery of the Pacific Northwest. My landscape paintings are an expression of my desire to convey the dreamlike experience of rowing, something I have almost two decades of doing myself. I tell that story using the language of impressionism but with the addition of an in-focus element for the viewer to relate to – a bridge, a marina, a building – to provide an anchor to the dreamscape.

Currently, my paintings pay particular attention to pre-dawn and early morning light and the vibrancy they offer the eye. These moments are especially interesting to me because they are ever changing and fleeting. I’m attracted to the GLOW of the sun vibrating with the horizon in landscapes. In addition, I’ll often use the architectural elements of bridges to further direct the eye towards this center glow. The glow is found peeking through bridges and dancing on the water but always drawing you into the depth of the horizon, that infinity of the sun.

Bio:

Niki Sherey Keenan is a landscape painter working with rowing and water imagery of the Pacific Northwest. Niki has a B.F.A. in studio art from the University of Oregon and shows her paintings regularly in Seattle. Her work can be found at a bi-annual solo show at Lake Washington Rowing Club as well as a curated solo show at Carillon Point in Kirkland, WA in 2018. She has been represented by Gallery 901 in Santa Fe and Carre d'artistes in Paris.

JASON OTTO

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About the Artist:

Jason Otto emphasizes design and color in his paintings.For him, it’s not just about recreating a scene on canvas, it’s about expressing an energy and mood through design and discovery. “The scene being painted becomes a vehicle for doing exciting things with paint and composition.”

Jason lives in the Everett area where he worked at Boeing as a software engineer.His subject matter is diverse but includes local scenes such as Northwest Lighthouses, Washington State Ferries, and the Boeing factory.

He has exhibited throughout the Northwest for over 25 years.His main medium is acrylics on canvas.

CLAIRE CUNDIFF

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From the Artist:

Stone. Lovely, unique, soothing stone. In this world of increasingly ever-present technology, I am drawn to the innate reassurance of stone. From the shimmer of quartz, to the whorls and bumps of slate, to the deliciously transparent mica and the veiled, underlying world of translucent slate — I love it all.

There is a profound moment for me every time I begin a new piece; the moment in which the inherent beauty of each stone merges with my vision of shape or color or form. Each piece begins on a layer of raw slate or quartz stone skin with a flexible fiberglass backing. From there, you can expect pastels, floated pigment, possibly encaustic medium and even found objects to make an appearance.

My work has branched into two approaches: two-dimensional work that is ready to hang on your wall, and large scale, three-dimensional, free standing work.

KEN TAYLOR

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About the Artist:

Ken Taylor is a northwest Washington digital artist captivated by the creative challenge of weaving together a variety of visual elements to form distinctive fine art images. Photography and Adobe Creative Cloud applications are his creative tools.

Ken’s creative process involves blending photography, digital textures, and imagination to form the completed piece. Maintaining flexibility and nurturing discovery throughout the process allows the image to evolve. Photography remains one of his interests, but much of his image-capturing centers around expanding his library of "parts and pieces" for future works.

Ken’s artistic goal is creating printed fine art pieces. He uses fine art archival papers and inks and ensures all framing is done to archival standards.

As a retired engineer, Ken is now able to pursue his art interests with an increased focus. In addition to engineering, he studied art and photography in college, but the majority of his work is self-taught.


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