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PERMANENT ART

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Terrapixal


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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SPECTRA


By local artist Doug Hansen, "Spectra" 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.

ROTATING ART exhibit


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 you can email anmorgan@mac.com. To apply to display your artwork at the Lynnwood Convention Center, please complete the art submission form. Please email anmorgan@mac.com with questions.

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 20, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Current Exhibit: "Animalia"

On display January 7, 2019 though June 2019.
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Cat Walk
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Agnes Bodor


From the Artist:

My inspiration is what I see in nature.

I am particularly charmed by the feline grace of cats.

I want to catch the light, the movement, the essence as simply as possible, and that can lead me to abstraction.

My working strategy is to allow the materials to do their thing under my strict control.

Spiral Bear
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MONIca Bretherton


From the Artist:

Some bears might be fierce, but mine prefer to dance.
I have returned to art making after a long hiatus. A break is not always bad - I have found a renewable energy source in color and line that is most naturally expressed through animal forms.

These bears are reaching and stretching. So was I – exploring how texture and color can animate a flat shape so that it occupies the same space as us.
I hope they make you feel like dancing too.
Awakening
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Cindy Fullwiler

From the Artist:

I have been an animal lover since early childhood. My family swore I carried bologna in my pocket because animals followed me home from school with regularity. Spending hours or days observing animals and documenting their behavior and survival challenges is not unusual for me. I find quiet solitude in this process and often lose track of time. It is my goal to share these humbling experiences through my camera lens. You may find more of my work at: www.cindyfullwilernaturephotography.com

About the Artist:

Cindy Fullwiler is a self-taught North American nature and wildlife photographer. After her retirement in 2010, she knew this was the time to travel and learn the art of photography--a lifelong goal. Cindy has traveled and photographed the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Vancouver Island, and England. Her love of wildlife and nature combined with her environmental education degree translate into a unique perspective in her photographs. It is Cindy’s goal to produce not just pretty photographs but also to tell a story with conservation center stage. Her commitment to “first do no harm” is paramount in her field practices because in Cindy’s view, no photograph is worth disturbing animals in their natural habitat. Cindy has accomplished much in her short time as a photographer, most recently exhibiting at the Washington State Convention Center, Sequim Civic Center and Sequim Museum and Art Gallery. Her work has been published in several local visitor guides, brochures, art journals, blogs, and newsletters. One of her grizzly bear photographs was also recently featured in the online magazine Discover Vancouver Island in a post highlighting Campbell River. Cindy has a great love of birds and grizzly bears. When she is not out photographing, Cindy is busy volunteering with several local groups. She completed a photography conservation project for the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society on climate change and bluebirds, submitting photographs and video recordings of bluebirds nesting at properties in Clallam County. You may also find Cindy at Carrie Blake Park, leading bird walks for OPAS. To see more of Cindy’s work, visit: www.cindyfullwilernaturephotography.com

Salish Sea Variation #4
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monica Gutierrez-Quarto

From the Artist:

My woodcuts are inspired by the Olympic Peninsula’s bountiful nature-- its wild and pristine wealth of mountains, forests, beaches and rivers. I never get tired to use the element water, an essential element for life and creation. It is present in many of my prints. My interest is to try to capture the soul and essence of the landscapes using a limited ink color palette in contrast with sharp black ink and white spaces. I want my art to inspire people who are trying to reconnect with nature and motivate them to protect our Mother Earth. The materials used also are from nature as I use wood for my carvings and 100% cotton archival papers for printing support.

Billowing Cloud-Horses
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Fran Holt


From the Artist:

I paint what interests me. Painting, for me, is a form of possession; whether it’s a landscape, a thought, or a sensation, if a painting is “true and real” one can somehow possess the original idea by the truthfulness of its painted equivalent. My current body of work explores the world of carousel horses, using the carved creatures as a starting point for a painted fantasy. Real-world horses are astonishing creatures, and interpreting an interpretation - a removed reality - allows an unusual look into a horse’s world.

Salmon Race

Salmon Race

Price: 8,000.00 

Jennifer Kwon


From the Artist:

My inspiration comes from observing the beauty and innocent nature of wildlife. I live in Northwest, where I can see and feel the grace of God through abundance of nature. I am amused by observing a changes in nature as new buds sprout, grow, blossom, and fall within four seasons. I also enjoy watching animal life in nature as I imagine some make believe story from many wildlife characters. After observing sockeye salmon return to hatchery a year after a year, the life story of salmon fascinated and inspired me to begin the series of salmon paintings. Returning to the birth place swimming up through many obstacles, hardship and only to start off a new beginning is an example of truly endless cycle of life and a love story. I like to keep my painting technique to the basics with use of traditional medium. Main focus of my paintings is to illustrate many story of wildlife with humanity. Through my artwork, I want to express the peace, harmony, and humor and to offer a warm and joyful atmosphere to the viewers.

About the Artist:

Jennifer Kwon is a wildlife artist and she draws inspiration from nature where she lives in Pacific Northwest. Also, she is a working professional, wife, and mother of two children. She expresses her joy, peace and harmony through nature and wildlife paintings as she creates narratives of the animal life by comparing to an affection of mother in her own family life. “Journey”, “Tiger cubs” and “Passing Time” exemplifies her expression of wildlife and narratives. Jennifer had also been captivated by the cycle of life in the wild as she paints sockeye series. “Ripening Blueberry Bunch”, “Apple Blossom” and “New Beginning” are a few examples of paintings of nature which inspired and refreshed her. Jennifer was born in South Korea and immigrated to U.S. with her family starting her teenage year. Her artistic talent had been recognized by many of her art teachers from the kindergarten and up to high school. She was chosen at age fourteen to participate in a program at the Smithsonian Art Museum with older high school students, and her art work was subsequently presented at the Smithsonian Art student exhibition. Shortly after she moved to Ohio in 1976, she won first place at a local art competition sponsored by the Columbus Booster newspaper. She continued to develop her art skills by enrolling in the Art Instruction School while she attended Ohio State University, majoring in Computer Science in Engineering. There, she extended her skill of drawings figures with pencil and ink. After she graduated from Ohio State University and began working in Washington State as a software engineer, she expanded her repertoire of painting with colored ink at a Chinese painting course at the University of Washington. She is the president of “Harmony of Color” artist group which she found in 2009 with three other members. She is an active member of the Korean American Artist Association of Washington (KAAW), a group which she had served as a vise president and president from year 2013 to 2016. Under her leadership, KAAW had been recognized by social media for becoming an exemplary organization in the state of Washington for evolution and social participation. Jennifer’s work was selected and published in Animal Edition of Nature Inspired Book of 2016. Additionally, her work had been exhibited at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC); Mercer View Indoor Gallery in Mercer Island; Lynnwood Convention Center; Lynnwood City Hall; King County Superior Court in Seattle; Korean Consulate General in Seattle; Pierce College’s Juried Exhibition at Pierce College in Lakewood; Edmonds Art Festival – Juried Gallery in Edmond; Franciscan Hospice; Korean Community Service Center; the Lakewood Library Gallery in Tacoma; Seattle Design Center EAFA Gallery – Juried Exhibition; Local Color Fine Art Gallery in Seattle; New Dimension Gallery; Factoria Market Place Gallery in Bellevue; and the Art Wall at South Bellevue Community Center. The website: http://jkpgallery.com

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Aponi-Grey Wolf
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Sonya Lang

From the Artist:

Growing up between Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake in Seattle, gave me plenty of opportunity to learn about animals, nature, and the busy city. I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was very young and land/cityscape, nature, and portraiture (both animals and people), are some of my favorites to photograph. I have spent countless hours on my beautiful zoo collection, waiting to capture that intimate moment between animal and viewer, a feeling of being let into their world for just a moment. I enjoy the digital darkroom and use that to finish my vision, exploring shapes, lines and textures. Sometimes, just a little exaggerated because this is how I see these amazing creatures.

About the Artist:

While Sonya has had little formal photography training, she takes every opportunity to learn including participating in photography clubs, seminars, and getting inspiration and advice from others. Her photography has been shown in many local juried art shows and art walks including Art Walk Edmonds, Art Up PhinneyWood, Kirkland Art Walk and Centennial Gallery in Kent. She has won numerous awards and many of those for her animal portraits. She takes every opportunity to share her love of photography by being very active in the local art/photography community. You can see more of her work at Arts of Snohomish Gallery, on her website https://sonya-lang.pixels.com/ and in May 2019 at Woodfire Grill in Everett.


Geraldine
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Lorna Libert


From the Artist:

I paint animals, fish and birds because I love them, I respect them, I think they are smart and I think they are funny. Animals have been a subject that I have painted throughout my life. As a child, I would often paint birds and animals adorned with hats and high heels. To this day, I continue to personify my subjects. The way they cock their heads or swagger across a field, provides each creature with a unique personality. Besides my fascination with their attitudes, animals are aesthetically pleasing. Their anatomical structures are covered with rich color, pattern and texture. In addition to fabulous feathers, birds have strong, sharp beaks and very interesting feet! Animals often have big rubbery noses, very attentive ears and wonderful tails. If we take a moment out of our busy lives to appreciate the existence of animals, we may discover something about them, or even about ourselves.

The process of creating my paintings begins with an experience. After travelling to Kenya, I had to paint a life-size giraffe. After going to Thailand, an Asian elephant and a monkey appeared on my canvas. My day to day life here in Bellingham is often graced with the presence of a farm animal or bird. I often do small sketches when I see that my subject is striking a pose. However, most of my large oil paintings are created utilizing photos. I almost always have a camera with me, so if something grabs my attention, I can immediately capture it on film. In the studio, I use these photos as references. Because I am fascinated with anatomy, I tend to paint my subjects so that they are anatomically correct. I exaggerate certain features and add subtle human-like qualities to my birds, fish and animals so that we relate to them more on a personal level. Although I often find humor in my subjects, I also have great respect for the creatures that I choose to depict. To provide them with a sense of dignity and enhance their personality, I exaggerate the perspective in the painting. The unusual viewpoints add interest to the painting, and create a sense of monumentality. I place the subject on the canvas so that it fills the entire space. The background enhances the subject and puts it in a place. Color and light of both the subject and the background can add drama or create a mood in the painting. Applying thick brush strokes of paint enhances the overall surface quality of the piece so that the painting becomes not only about the feeling and the subject, but also about the paint.

Painting is something that I have done and loved for my entire life. Growing up in NY, I had the opportunity to frequent some of the finest museums in the world. I attended Carnegie-Mellon University from 1985-87 with a concentration in drawing and painting. In 1989 I received a BFA and a teaching certificate from Long Island University. I worked as a scientific illustrator and also taught art. After teaching Middle School Art in NY for 2 years, I realized I needed to be an artist. I moved to WA and received my MFA from Central Washington University. I have worked in Bellingham ever since as a full-time artist. My subject matter and style is constantly changing and evolving.

I hope that through the process of painting, I can not only inspire people to appreciate the art itself, but also to take a little time to notice the aesthetic beauty, the personality and the whimsy of the creatures I chose to portray.
Kirghiz Mountain Horse
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Ira Jacob McBee

From the Artist:

I document isolated and remote cultures.

Living abroad in remote areas since 2004, I have a unique understanding and depth of different cultures and languages, allowing me to connect with my subjects intimately. My photography is a conduit for learning about and engaging in their ways of life.

My work positively reveals the beauty and wonder of isolated peoples and their cultures. I blend documentation and fine art photography to create a new sense of discovery to inspire viewers to explore familiar and different persons and places around them.

About the Artist:

Ira documents isolated and remote cultures. Specializing in how current events and global development are impacting remote peoples and cultures around the world. Focusing on the Pamir, Karakoram, Himalaya, Taklimakan and Arctic regions. Ira also documents reconciliation efforts in areas of conflict, and helped write the conflict reconciliation curriculum for an organization in Jerusalem.

Born and raised in Alaska, Ira’s first love was the mountains. Based in Seattle since 2009, Ira lives in the mountain regions of Asia giving him easy access to the areas he is passionate about working in. Living abroad in remote areas since 2004, Ira has a unique understanding and depth of different cultures and languages.

Ira has photographed corporate CEOs and unknown mountain nomads. He loves the diversity life has to offer, and enjoys sharing about his experiences through photography education and tours, private coaching, and speaking engagements. Ira has also been helping NGOs tell their stories for the past two decades.

“I love connecting with people, everywhere. That’s the real reason for the camera. It’s a conduit to meeting new people and engaging in their way of life. There are so many amazing stories everywhere if we’re willing to look. If you want to share your story or need help telling it contact me anytime.”

Ira has documented people and events in the North Korea, the Middle East, Himalaya, Pamir and Karakoram Ranges, The Silk Road, Central Asia, Taklimakan and Gobi Deserts, Siberia, The Caribbean, North and South America, Africa and Europe.

Ira has also led tours in China, Tibet, the Wakhan Corridor, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Central Asia, India, North & South America and Africa.

LE JETEE
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SIEGE


From the Artist:

What is art? I believe it is a critical balance between the intent of the artist and the perception of the viewer. These two - image and interpretation - balance against one another, and create a different experience for each person who views a piece of art. For that reason, I won’t explain what my art is - what it's supposed to say - that negates interpretation and ruins the viewer’s experience. My work fails if the viewer simply feels nothing.

A native of the Northwest; I was born in Seattle and grew up on Bainbridge Island. I have been involved with both graphic design and printmaking since the ‘80s, and I obtained a BFA from the Cornish College of the Arts in 1991. I’ve been making my living as a professional artist ever since. Unofficially, I like to describe my style as "industrial figurative" because I often use imagery from architecture, typography, and graphs or maps, as well as from nature.

As a young man, I was nicknamed “CJ” which got shortened to “Siege,” and the name stuck. It seems appropriate given the way I work; my process can be intense, and I am told my technique of applying and manipulating paint is unorthodox. I work on a distressed paper surface layered over the canvas, and I incorporating text in the composition’s background as well as graphic elements its foreground. The surface is built up as I paint, push, pull, scratch, scrape, and "attack” these layers – occasionally with an industrial belt sander – to build up the images and colors in my paintings. I build all my own frames from recycled cedar and I stretch my own canvases.

I seem to have a penchant lately for bridges, birds, and boats. I have also created images of mechanical parts, engines, industrial tools, sushi, and occasionally the human form. My passion is motorcycle and automobile racing, and some of my work reflects this obsession. I was honored to he asked to provide works to the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Cleveland; a show which has been extended from one year to seven. My work graces the collections of eminent linguist David Crystal in Wales, as well as the Adidas corporate headquarters in Oregon. Currently I have a show at Garvey Schubert Barer Law Firm in Seattle.
My best friend Lola
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Valentina Voronkova


From the Artist:

My affair with Art started in the city of Art and Imagination, St. Petersburg, Russia. The Art in St. Petersburg was everywhere, in the great museums and in the beautiful architecture and even in the rebellious spirit of my artist friends. During the day I studied biophysics at Polytechnic University, during the evening I study art at the famous St. Petersburg Mukhin Institute of Art and Design.

In 1993 I moved to Seattle to study biochemistry at UW Ph.D. program. During my Ph.D. years at UW, I took all available Printmaking classes from the UW Art Department. After earning my Ph.D. degree I worked as a researcher at different companies in the biotech industry. At 2012 my unfinished dialog with art became very loud and I decided to leave science and continue it at Mark O’Higgins atelier program at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

Since that time I am actively participating in the art venues of North West with numerous recognition awards. I found real inspiration in the "alla prima" oil painting method, as well as intuitive and graphic work with the mixed medium.

http://valentinavoronkova.weebly.com/
https://www.saatchiart.com/account/profile/859033
https://www.artfinder.com/valentina-voronkova
Harvest Series (without Antler)
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Jeffrey Zigulis


From the Artist:

My name is Jeffrey Zigulis. I live and work on beautiful Camano Island, Washington. My wife, Nancy and I moved to the island eight years ago. And, previously we lived in California; Sebastopol, Prunedale, and grew up in Mountain View.

I went to Art School at San Jose State University, class of 1979. I taught at Foothill and Ohlone Colleges after graduation. My life in the arts started as a Studio Potter. I specialized in Raku, and pioneered the “Saggar” technique, as I made large sculptural vessels. In 1990, on a lark, I made small masks for our son Matt and his friends. All these boys were having “Bad Dreams.” For Christmas, I gave the boys “Dream Masks” to scare away their bad dreams. It worked, and the “snowball” started down the hill.

My masks have evolved greatly over the years. Throughout my journey with masks, one constant has always been color. Exploring and identifying my own color sense. At SJSU I was introduced to the work of Joseph Albers, a color theorist. His work was like looking at color through the eyes of a scientist. I use many of his theories to this day. All of the work I make; sculptures, paintings, masks, all have my color sense represented in the final piece. I also have a need to explore line, shapes, and the juxtaposition each have on the total effect of a piece.

I work within the concept of a “Series” exploring the boundaries found with the discipline of working in a series. When I become enamored with an idea, I try to evolve a concept that will lead to a new series. For me, working this way keeps me fresh and excited about my eighty foot commute to the studio.

As you look to interpret what I do, remember, I see myself as a “Maker” … I love to make things. All types of things; arbors, decks, rock walls, bird houses, garden gates, Grilled Coho Salmon with Capers, masks, paintings, and sculptures. To me they all have equal importance.


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