exPRESSive Gallery has grand opening Saturday

The exPRESSive Arts Studio and Gallery, the new studio of artist Karon Leigh, has set its grand opening celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 3710 W. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett.

The studio has more than 1,000 square feet of dedicated art space including a classroom for printmaking and mixed media collage classes. Leigh will offer art classes in monotype printmaking. Classes will have use of a Whelan Xpress Printmaking Etching Press, water-based inks and a solvent-free green environment.

The exPRESSive Arts Gallery will host monthly shows of local artists and will join the Everett Art Walk, which takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. the third Saturday of every month.

Building neighbor Evelia Sanchez and The Pottery Loft will share in the celebration with a coinciding open house. The Pottery Loft offers pottery classes and has a number of throwing wheels and kilns.

“For the Love of Art”: Arts of Snohomish Gallery’s February show is “For the Love of Art,” a group show featuring more than 30 pieces of art based on love, lust and more.

An artists reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery at 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish. To add your name to the guest list, call 360-568-8648.

Among the wide interpretations of love included in the show are Snohomish artist Brian Taylor’s digital creation “Tropical Love Garden,” based on his stepdaughter’s recent wedding in Hawaii; Snohomish artist Dennis Bishop’s photograph “Red Tulip” and Everett artist Roxanne Jaross’ painting “Red Hot Cherries on the Move.”

The gallery offers cards and gifts, including jewelry, that celebrate love and Valentine’s Day. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; www.artsofsnohomish.org, 360-568-8648.

“Selbuvotter — Norway’s Favorite Mittens”: Textile designer, instructor and author Terri Shea will offer a PowerPoint presentation along with knitted samples of the black-and-white patterned “Selbuvotter” mitten style in a workshop entitled “Selbuvotter — Norway’s Favorite Mittens.”

Shea’s presentation is the second workshop in the museum’s 2008 Textile Enrichment Series.

As she explains on her Web site, www.selbuvotter.com, “The Selbu mitten is a masterpiece, marrying the graphic design and structural design inseparably together; once the basic structure is understood, the knitter can create any kind of design imaginable, in any size or yarn. The popular 8-pointed star (selburose, or Selbu rose) can morph into snowflakes, flowers, stars, or use animal motifs or other designs.”

Seating is limited. To reserve space, contact the museum at 360-466-4288 or info@laconnerquilts.com. Admission is $5.

Know More Art series: Tacoma Art Museum offers the community an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the winter series of exhibitions through the upcoming lecture series “Know More Art: Multiples and Collaborations, from Renoir to Chuck Close.” Tacoma Art Museum curators and guest artists will lead the five-week series from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 12 through March 11.

“These lectures bridge Tacoma Art Museum’s winter exhibitions by drawing connections between two diverse artists and their media: Renoir’s prints and Close’s photography,” said Paula McArdle, director of education and public programs. “On the surface, the connection between Renoir’s soft impressionism with Close’s stark realism is not obvious, but their methods for creating work have many parallels that we hope to highlight.”

Cost for members is $35 for the series or $8 per lecture. For nonmembers, the cost is $45 for the series or $12 per lecture. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited. E-mail education@tacomaartmuseum.org or call 253-272-4258, ext. 3030.

The sessions are:

Feb. 12: Pierre-Auguste Renoir: The Man behind the Brush

Feb. 19: The Impressionists as Printmakers

Feb. 26: The Art of Printmaking: Process and Collaboration

March 4: More than One Way to Make Something

March 11: Chuck Close: The Man behind the Camera

Tacoma Art Museum is at 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.

“Michihiro Kosuge: The Quiet Voice of Metal and Stone”: The Portland, Ore., Japanese Garden presents a special exhibition by internationally recognized stone and metal sculptor Michihiro Kosuge from Saturday through Feb. 24. The exhibition launches the first of the new Art in the Garden Series of four exhibitions throughout the year in celebration of the four seasons.

The Portland Japanese Garden is above Washington Park at 611 SW Kingston Drive in southwest Portland.

“At Home and Far Away”: An exhibit of oil paintings by Blanche Niznik opens today at Kaewyn Gallery, 10101 Main St., Bothell.

Niznik, a Lake Forest Park native, is a member of the Plein Aire Painters of Washington, the Oil Painters of America, the American Women Artists and the American Society of Marine Artists.

A reception will be from 5 to 8 tonight for the exhibit, which will be on display until March 11; 425-483-7385, www.kaewyngallery.com.

“River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia”: Fish were not the only creatures to travel the length of the Columbia River from British Columbia to Oregon in centuries gone by. Photographers, too, followed the river’s shores in the 19th and 20th centuries, capturing images of the majestic waterway as it rushed from its source in Canal Flats, British Columbia, to its mouth into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Disappointment.

From Feb. 1 to April 30, more than 60 of these vintage photographic images are on display through April 30 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C.

Gathered from 16 museums, libraries, private collections and archives across Canada and the United States, the photos, taken by leading photographers of the day, show a river of exquisite wildness and beauty, which, in sheer strength, is the most powerful in North America.

“River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia” is curated by William Layman, guest curator at the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center, who has spent more than 20 years researching photographs of the Columbia River. He has also co-authored the exhibition’s companion book of the same name. Layman will present a free noon-hour talk March 6 in the Royal BC Museum’s Newcombe Conference Hall.

For more information, visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or call 888-447-7977.

At Solovei: “Femme et Fleur,” a two-woman exhibit depicting feminine and floral beauty by Irina Milton and Ursula Stocke, has opened at Solovei Gallery in Everett.

An artists reception is from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett. The gallery’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 425-258-8100, www.soloveiartgallery.com.

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