By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
Jules Anslow’s paintings have been described as neo-Dada surreal pop cartoon. Anslow likes to call them works of art that inhabit the space several doors past mildly absurd.
Whatever your preferred definition, just know that art for Anslow is an extension of herself.
“Art for me is an extension of my arms and legs,” Anslow said in her biography. “A juxtaposition of objects or an unusual shape is what really starts my wheels turning.”
The Arts Council of Snohomish County will celebrate the painting style of Anslow, who was chosen Artist of the Year by her peers and the artistic community for the quality of her art, dedication to the profession and her continuous advocacy for the arts.
Anslow left her home state of Ohio to come to the Northwest in 1985. She began working for established ceramic and jewelry artists, before developing and selling her own jewelry and pottery.
Her sculptural pop-cartoon painting style has evolved steadily over the last 20 years. Her work includes two of the pigs for Pike Place Market’s “Pigs on Parade 2007.”
Anslow also curates, promotes and teaches for the studio and gallery she co-founded in 2006, Lowell Art Works in Everett, and currently serves as its president.
In addition to painting, illustration and murals, Anslow also experiments with furniture design and construction and silversmithing.
The celebration of Anslow’s work begins with a catered reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the arts council’s gallery, 1507 Wall St., Everett. Special musical guest is Brent Egbert.
Janet Hamilton is a regionally known painter of the Northwest landscape, whose work earned her the title “Snohomish County Artist of the Year” for 2001.
Hamilton’s exhibit, “Special Places,” will include paintings done throughout the world, including a few from her recent Mediterranean cruise.
“Special Places” will kick off with a reception at 5 tonight at the Annex Gallery of Everett Artist’s Supply, 9308 Evergreen Way, Everett. Refreshments will be served.
Big and bold are words often used to describe the watercolors created by artist Jim Farrand whose colorful shapes are at times semi-abstract and playful.
Farrand’s exhibit is on view through March 31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace.
“Abstract Art As A Form Of Visual Poetry” is the aptly named exhibit of Richard Nash’s work because he often describes his creations as visual poetry. For Nash, the shapes, lines, values and colors provide his poetic vocabulary.
Also featured at Karla Matzke’s sculpture park is glass artist Hiroshi Yamano, bronze sculptor Kevin Pettelle and stone sculptor Sabah Al-Dhaher.
The exhibit of Nash’s work opens from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Matzke Fine Art and Design, 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; email@example.com.