Arts Notebook for Aug. 1

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:18pm

Beautiful Memories exhibit in Shoreline

Paintings by Amy Pleasant and Paul Lewing are part of Beautiful Memories, a new exhibit by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the city of Shoreline.

Two years ago Seattle artist Pleasant inherited the family photograph album, which inspired a group of paintings, and led her to collect discarded vintage photos. Her series “Lost and Found” asks, “What becomes of us when there is no one left to remember?”

Lewing creates paintings that recall the wonderful times he’s spent with his wife and his friends, in the mountains, on the trails, or at the beach. After a very successful career as a ceramics artist and teacher, he has returned to his love of painting since his youth.

The exhibit runs Aug. 2-Oct. 26 at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N, Shoreline.

An artists’ reception is 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at City Hall.

Ryan Darton performs at Darrell’s Tavern

Utah’s Ryan Darton, formerly of Kid Theodore, is rocketing towards a full circle and returning to play one of a handful of shows in support of his upcoming debut solo record, “I Am A Moth,” Aug. 9 at Darrell’s Tavern, 18041 Aurora Ave. N, Shoreline.

Darton, who left the hills of Salt Lake City for the glamour of Los Angeles as part of the then-rising pop rock act, returns to the stage alone. With a host of new tunes that range from upbeat melodies to somber pianos, there certainly is a feeling of picking up the great sound that was left undone, unfinished with Kid Theodore’s disbanding.

The name of Darton’s upcoming record “I Am A Moth” is a testament to this new chapter too. The title track is the same acoustic gem that once graced Kid Theodore’s debut record, “Goodnight … Goodnight.”

See the music video for the American Songwriter-premiered video for “Sing To Me Baby” at

Kristen Proctor exhibit in MLT

Paintings and drawings by local artist Kristen Proctor are on display through Aug. 31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.

Proctor, a Mountlake Terrace resident, developed her passion for drawing and painting at an early age. She enjoyed making homemade greeting cards for family and friends and never turned down an art class at school. A graduate of Western Washington University, Proctor works as a graphic designer and illustrator.

In her spare time, she enjoys leisurely hikes, running, traveling with her husband Nick and entertaining their dog, Hurley.