"Logical Consequences," acrylic painting by C.J. Swanson

Color and Structure: Susie Englestad and C. J. Swanson

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Featured artists for August and September at Art House Designs are painters Susie Englestad and C. J. Swanson. Both artists present work that is colorful and abstract but derived from nature. Englestad, the owner of Art House Designs, paints with flat squiggles and organic shapes that dance across the …

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"Strange Fire" by Alec Clayton

Alec Clayton: Artist, Author, Critic

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS When artists stop creating art in one medium, they most likely start in another. Whether the transition is from painting to sculpting, drawing to writing or dancing to photography, the chances of an artist being truly “done” with art are slim to none. When talking about Alec Clayton, Olympia’s …

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"Coriolis," sculpture by Cyrra Robinson, photo by the artist

REVIEW: Cyrra Robinson’s Of the Abyss

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS New to Olympia’s art scene is metal sculptor Cyrra Robinson, a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College, who’s showing a group of sculptures derived from life under the sea. Her sculptures are monumental in concept if not in actual size. They look like they should …

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"Joie de Vivre," sculpture by David Varnau

Percival Plinth Project

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Olympia is buying a new piece of art, and anyone who can get to Percival Landing this month is invited to help choose it. Over a dozen new sculptures by Northwest artists have been installed on the plinths, or sculpture stands, along the landing, and ballots on which to …

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Lynette Charters

Lynette Charters: The Language of Materials

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS “You like to make pretty work about serious issues,” said Susan Christian, owner of Salon Refu. Christian was speaking to her friend, the animator and visual artist Lynette Charters, and Charters had to agree. “My work always has an underlying social commentary,” said Charters. With a life full of …

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Shakespeare in Hollywood

Weekend Preview: May 5, 2017

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, Olympia has more theater performances premiering than you can imagine, plus heavy-hitting readings and conferences to keep you on your toes. Click here to listen to our podcast version of Weekend Preview, sponsored by by Shur-Kleen Car Wash. Follow the links below …

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"Mountain Lake," screen print by Sherry Buckner

Sherry Buckner’s New Works at Childhood’s End

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Sherry Buckner returns to her beloved theme of plein-air painting in new work for the March exhibition at Childhood’s End Gallery. Exploring large open spaces in mist and fog, she forges a new approach to her images in both screen printing and chalk pastels. “My new work uses color …

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Becky Knold

REVIEW: The Ways We See

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Now showing in The Washington Center for the Performing Arts are paintings by Lois Beck, Becky Knold and Mia Schulte, three women whose paintings have a lot in common—so much so, in fact, that unless you’ve studied their paintings in detail over time you’d be hard …

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Becky Knold

Viewing the World Through Different Eyes

by Guy Bergstrom for OLY ARTS Before the performance of the international hit Stomp on Jan. 22, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts is holding a free reception and viewing of three local painters. The Ways We See features the work of Lois Beck, Betty Knold and Mia Shulte, none of whom see the …

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"Song of Aloha," letterpress by Chandler O'Leary

Author Reading and Letterpress Artist

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS Local letterpress artists and authors Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring have taken an active role in keeping feminism strong in their new book, Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color. O’Leary and Spring will be celebrating their book at “Pressing Matters: Lacey,” an upcoming artist talk, pop-up show and …

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