The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the city of Shoreline open their latest exhibit, “Colors and Shapes,” Nov. 3 at Shoreline City Hall. The show runs through Jan. 28.
A special open house will be held Nov. 8 where guests can meet the artists, view the artwork and enjoy refreshments.
The exhibit looks into how the world takes shape through color. Artists include Anna Macrae, Mark A. Skullerud, Winston Rockwell and Betty Jo Fitzgerald.
In her artist statement, Macrae says, “I begin a painting very spontaneously and as the composition begins to take shape, it becomes a wholly intuitive process of gesture and mark making that has a direction and life of its own.”
Her two pieces in the exhibit explore her interest in abstract expressionism, which she calls “examples of my journey to discover contrasting creative processes.”
Photographer Rockwell’s work will focus on natural subjects. He chose pieces for the show that showcase the diversity of the natural world and show off the colors displayed in nature.
“I shoot mostly natural subjects, because I find the natural world far more beautiful and varied in its wonders than any man-made subjects, and I strive to share that beauty with my viewers. I attempt to create images that evoke an emotional reaction to the world we live in, whether it’s a sense of awe at the grandeur of a mountain vista, or the simple feeling of relaxation and tranquility one gets sitting beside a gentle stream,” he says.
Skullerud, an acrylic painter, focuses on the color portion of this exhibit, working in strong colors influenced by mid-century travel posters for his pieces.
“I try to create engaging art that you can’t quite get your arms around. That works best if it’s ambiguous without being muddled or confusing,” he says.
Finally, Fitzgerald aims to express playfulness and magic in her watercolors, by painting “whimsical, imagined landscapes, infused with high key color, that are dotted with plant, insect or treasured icons,” she says.
“I meld childhood memories with an education in ecology and botany and delight in placing flora and fauna in odd contexts.”
Colors and Shapes
On display: Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the city of Shoreline presents this group show at the Shoreline City Hall Gallery, second and third floor of City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., Shoreline, Nov. 3-Jan 28
Meet the Artists: 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 8
Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except holidays