Middle Space at CaTMA Gallery: A Fine Art Show by Lucy Gentry and Rebecca Figel

by Lynette Charters Serembe

“Skip to my Lou” | silkscreen on Rives BFK paper, 22” X 30” | photo credit: Rebecca Figel

The newest gallery in town will be showing Lucy Gentry who is one of the most established artists in town, teamed with Rebecca Figel who is a Vancouver BC artist with roots in Olympia.

Gentry is one of the most present artists in our arts community here. She manages to juggle many projects advocating for artists working with Olympia Artspace Alliance, as well as working tirelessly developing her own artwork. She has a background as a costume/fashion designer in New York as well as in fine arts, this original combination greatly influenced her Biophilia Collection with which many of you are familiar.  It will be exciting to see her new direction and progression at CATMA.

“separation” | charcoal on Rives BFK
22” X 30” | photo credit: Rebecca Figel

Figel graduated from Evergreen in 1997 with a B.A. in Visual Arts and Education focusing on site-specific installation work and a variety of drawing, printmaking, and mixed media techniques. She has lived in Olympia three different times through the years and is happy to reconnect with the local community.

Both artists are extremely proficient and accomplished. Their works have elements in common, the most recognizable being that they are all monochrome. Gentry’s work is more playful and rhythmic, while Figel’s work is darker with more tension. Both artists’ works are abstract and expressive and have a dreamlike quality created with a variety of textures, and a wealth of exciting unpredictable marks and raw fluid gestures. There are suggestions of figurative imagery that provoke our imaginations and make for multiple lively, fleeting, open-ended narratives.

“Image 1965: ‘Ukraine War Series:  Barricade'” | monoprint on rice paper
2022, 5″x7″ print, 9″x12″ framed | photo credit: Lucy Gentry

Middle Space is interpreted as the moment between thoughts, actions, shapes, and gestures. When one is reassessing an accepted understanding and a new concept is introduced, when one decides to act or not act on a new perception or is simply the negative space between two gestures.

“Image 2071: ‘”‘Nisqually Morning'” | monotype on rice paper, 7″x10″ print, 11″x14″ framed | photo credit: Lucy Gentry

Middle Space fine art show

July 20 – Aug. 5. Hours may vary so check website before you go, artist reception Thursday, July 20, 6.m.

416 ½ Washington St SE, Olympia

Free to enter, all art for sale


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