Art show points out landmines’ horrors

Today is International Day for Mine Awareness. Smith | Vallee Gallery will have a fundraising event to benefit Clear Path International, an organization dedicated to helping survivors of landmine accidents, from 5 to 8 tonight.

Legendary Northwest artist R. Allen Jensen has created a series of artworks inspired by this issue. Replica landmines like those currently covering one of Jensen’s works will be for sale. Those who purchase the replica landmines will receive an original signed piece of artwork from Jensen, and Clear Path International will receive 100 percent of the proceeds.

Meet the artist at the fundraising event, featuring refreshments and landmine information, from 5 to 8 tonight at Smith | Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison; 360-305-4892. The exhibition runs through April 27.

Student art: The Edmonds Arts Commission presents a display of two- and three-dimensional work by Meadowdale High School art students in the Young Artists Display Case at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds.

The 11 artists, students in Amanda Wood’s art classes and Jill VanBerkom’s photography class, are Aron Chaudiere, Reilly Duvall, Enjoli Walsh, Marissa Brent-Tookey, Maggie Beeson, Stephan Hagstrom, Grace Guenther, Megan Boone, Kaitlin Denham, Alyssa Fairbanks and Andrea Hixenbaugh.

April gallery walk: Anacortes’ first Friday gallery walk takes place from 6 to 9 tonight. Participants and their current exhibits are:

Anne Martin McCool Gallery, 711 Commercial Ave.: art quilts by Susan Carlisle and work by other gallery artists.

Insights Gallery, 516 Commercial Ave.: oil paintings by Alfred Currier and John Simon.

Digital Art Moments, 512 Commercial Ave.: “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” celebrating the Tulip Festival and the beginning of spring; featured artist is Anne Elkins.

Adrift, 510 Commercial Ave., work from local artists.

Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., “Vineyards and Villas” by many artists including oils by Donna Trent, pastels by Steve Hill, acrylics by Jennifer Bowman, oils by Don de Llamas, oils by Diane Ainsworth and pastels by Janice Wall.

Gallery at the Depot, 611 R Ave., “Gardens of Art” with botanicals by Pat Sayre, oils, still-life pieces and landscapes by Nancy Anderson, oils and florals by Sue Owen, botanical illustrations by Linda Vorobik and hand-painted lawn-chair covers by Katrine Eagling.

Bowman Gallery, 801 Fifth St., photographs by Marius Hibbard and David Hibbard.

Darlene Cole: Foster/White’s April exhibition features the work of painter Darlene Cole. The gallery is at 220 Third Ave. S., Suite 100, in Seattle’s Pioneer Square; 206-622-2833,

Cole’s figurative paintings of children in soft, saturated color, are haunting, with themes childhood innocence and loneliness.

“I think people choose what they want to see in my paintings,” Cole said in press materials. “But when I’m painting these paintings, I’m not thinking of childhood and the happiness of a memorable moment. … Maybe they are actually paintings about adulthood, tinged with all the anxieties we have about losing sight of our innocence.”

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