Examine the career of major Northwest artist

“Paul Horiuchi: East and West,” a major retrospective of the late artist, opens Saturday at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner.

Guest curator and author Barbara Johns has selected more than 40 works for the exhibit. Included are early watercolors, sculptures, collage paintings and multi-panel screens. The work dates from the 1920s through the mid-1990s and is borrowed from prominent private, corporate and public collections.

An opening reception and book signing from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday features the release of “Paul Horiuchi: East and West,” authored by Johns. The book, published by the University of Washington Press in partnership with the Museum of Northwest Art, is available for sale in the museum store.

Horiuchi was born in Japan in 1906. When he was 14, he immigrated to the United States and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Wyoming. In his spare time, he painted. After he was interned during World War II, Horiuchi and his family settled in Seattle, where at the encouragement of his friend Mark Tobey, his art turned to his Japanese heritage.

“Horiuchi’s collages are celebrated for their vibrant colors and potent blacks, their joyful exuberance and subtle serenity, and their monumental power and poetic whisper,” Johns said in a statement about the exhibit. “Horiuchi painted rice and mulberry papers in rainbow colors and the saturated blacks of sumi, then tore them into shapes to reveal their edges and fibers.

“Horiuchi began working with collage in the mid-1950s and by the end of the decade achieved his signature style,” Johns’ statement continues. “With the support of Seattle gallerist Zoe Dusanne, his work quickly won national and international recognition.”

Horiuchi died in 1991.

Joan True exhibit: Women’s Wellness Center in Everett is exhibiting the colored pencil artwork of the late Joan True.

Women’s Wellness Center, opened in May 2007 by the Positive Women’s Network, seeks to enable women and girls to reach their health goals.

The center, 2817 Rockefeller Ave., is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays; www.pwnetwork.org/womens_ wellness_center.asp, www.joantrue.com.

Whidbey pottery: Lyla Lillis from Earth, Woman and Fire Pottery is the featured artist for March at Deception Pass Art Gallery, located in the log building just south of Deception Pass Bridge.

Most of the artwork is made using clay from the cliffs of Whidbey Island. The artist will be available to discuss clay refining and pottery making from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20.

Edmonds baskets: The March exhibit in the Frances Anderson Center Display Case, 700 Main St., Edmonds, features the work of three basket weavers: Joyeanna Chaudiere, Kathleen Moore and Polly Adams Sutton.

The three are members of the Seattle Weavers Guild. Using hand-dyed reed, Chaudiere creates whimsical baskets, some with a shape reminiscent of jelly fish. Moore works with thin colored wire and has expanded into woven jewelry forms as well. Sutton uses more traditional basketry materials: cedar bark from logged forests and sweet grass from the tidal flats.

Washington Artist’s Group Show: Cole Gallery, 107 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds, will host a group art show featuring some of the Northwest’s top nationally acclaimed impressionist and representational painters. The show opens Thursday and runs through April 13. The artists will offer more than 60 pieces in oil and pastel depicting a variety of subjects from portrait and figurative to Northwest landscapes and interiors.

Dichroic glass: Dichroic glass creates an interplay of color and light, as the colors shift before the eye. Local artist Gale Franko creates jewelry by fusing multiple layers of this material into classical shapes for everyday wear.

Franko is hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. March 20, during Edmonds’ Art Walk, by Manya Vee Selects at 409 Main St., Edmonds; 425-776-3778, www.ManyaVeeSelects.com.

Solovei show: “Emancipated Landscapes,” paintings and sculptures by Mike Adams, are on display through March 29 at Solovei Art Gallery, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett; 425-258-8100, www. soloveiartgallery.com.

Adams’ solo exhibit features abstract paintings in oil and sculptures in bronze, painted and metal-covered wood, and plywood. Laconically shaped, and often monochromatic, Adams’ works are complicated and harmonious. He says he’s inspired by the majesty of the mountains, where he loves to hike.

Solovei Art Gallery is a part of the Everett Art walk starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery also will be opened from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday for a St. Patrick’s Day special, sponsored by Coylinda Cole.

“Percy L. Manser: Grandeur &Light”: Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale opens its 69th season Saturday with a special exhibition of rarely shown paintings by noted Pacific Northwest artist Percy L. Manser (1886-1973). A Hood River, Ore., resident, England-born Manser was known as “The Grand Old Man of Hood River Painters,” and specialized in paintings that captured the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountains. The exhibit consists of 48 paintings drawn from private collections and public institutions from throughout the Northwest and ends July 6. The museum is at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale; www.maryhillmuseum.org.

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