Native-inspired art on exhibit at Sisters

There’s something vibrant and rich happening at Sisters restaurant over the next two months and it’s not just the food.

Willow, also known as Christina Williams, is showing her native-heritage inspired artwork at the restaurant, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett.

Willow’s deeply hued and sometimes whimsical pieces are presented primarily in oils and acrylics and encompass a diverse subject matter that includes portraits and abstract images.

“Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes reflect Willow’s unusual vision and tendency to meditate while painting,” said gallery owner Lyussy Hyder, who installed the show.

The show also includes a few photographs.

An artist and her acrylics: New at Espresso Americano, 2701 Hoyt Ave., in Everett, are acrylics by artist Cecelia Venolia, who is showing her floral paintings through Feb. 29.

Iris, day lily, and dahlia are vibrantly displayed in textures and glazes, showcasing a contrast between deep backgrounds and the gentle shapes of the flowers.

Venolia is a member of the Arts of Snohomish Artists Co-op and a vice president and publicity chairman of the Greater Marysville Artists Guild.

The art of pen and ink: Artist Maryse Proctor is showing her detailed pen and ink drawings and some tranquil watercolors at an exhibit presented by the Mountlake Terrace Art Commission.

The show runs through Jan. 31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace.

Proctor has been painting for more than 60 years. She was born in France and studied four years at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Reims. She taught art and English in a private girl’s school prior to coming to the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived in various states. While in Sisters, Ore., Proctor operated a gallery and gift shop that showcased her work. Since moving to the Seattle area, Proctor has taught pencil drawing in the Creative Retirement Institute Branch of Edmonds Community College for 10 years while also conducting private drawing and painting classes.

More art at Mountlake: Hanji objects are beautiful yet simple household items such as tea tables, sewing and jewelry boxes and lap desks and created with traditional paper made from mulberry tree pulp.

A Hanji arts and crafts exhibit by Young Ok and Young Ok Kim can be seen through Jan. 30 in the display case at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave., W., Mountlake Terrace.

Young Ok Kim and his wife studied Hanji craft for several years and describe the process this way:

The individual panels of the boxes are cut out and glued together. This basic structure is covered with rice paper, inside and out. Color, composition and designs are cut out from other pieces of Hanji over the rice paper as a background field color. A thin layer of diluted glue is applied to all sides. This process is repeated three times.

Natural jewels: An exhibit of photos called “Avian” by bird photographer Ray White is on display in Edmonds. The display can be seen through Feb. 19 at Autumn’s Framing &Gallery, 537 Main St., Edmonds.

Gallery owner Autumn Kegley described White’s work as art that “captures brilliant glimpses into the lives of birds.” White’s pictures abound in vivid colors and showcase birds of textured plumage that draw viewers into compositions “where each bird is seen as a jewel set within its environment,” Kegley said.

More art in Edmonds: Edmonds Historical Museum is presenting “Jackson Street After Hours,” a traveling exhibit from the Washington State History Museum on the history of jazz in Seattle.

The exhibit runs through March at the museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds.

This exhibit consists of eight in-depth text panels and 55 black and white framed photographs that span four decades of pioneering jazz musicians in the Northwest. Vintage musical instruments also will be on display.

The 1920s in Seattle roared with speakeasies, roadhouses, fast cars, raccoon coats, bobbed hair, the Charleston and wilder dances, bootleggers and crazy stunts. And, of course, there was jazz.

Muhler exhibit: Metaphors for life is one way to describe the work of veteran painter John Muhler who over the past 30 years has created a diverse body of work ranging from photo-realism to surreal abstract forms and combinations in between.

His images of brazen snags, twisted driftwood and temperamental skies are juxtaposed with soft portraits, serene seascapes and woven speckled forested trails. Muhler reveals the beauty of the natural world in its pristine state with brilliant colors and luminous forms.

Muhler’s work can be seen through the end of January at Gallery in the Loft at Islander’s Restaurant, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island.

A fair faire: The seventh annual Quilt &Textile Faire is set for this weekend at Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Johnson Road, Mount Vernon. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Quilters, quilt clubs and organizations, knitters, spinners, weavers and other related businesses are expected to fill the heated greenhouse with creations to show and sell. There also are spinning and weaving demonstrations planned throughout the weekend.

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