Northwind Arts Center, (a 501(c)(3) non profit organization), the peninsula's visual, literary and performance art hub, presents The 11th ANNUAL ARTIST SHOWCASE 2020 OPENING EXHIBITION - SHADOWS & LIGHT
January 30 – March 1, 2020
Opening Reception and Art Walk Saturday, February 1st, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Visual art is the interplay of light and shadow. A painter captures the evening light in the western sky. A photograph illuminates a single ray of sunlight piercing a dark forest. A carved sculpture looks different from every angle, depending on light, form, and space.
Northwind Arts Center's opening show for Artist Showcase 2020 is titled "Shadows & Light." The works, the room, and the light and shadows created in Northwind's Water Street Gallery will work in harmony to enhance the mood of the show's theme.
Northwind's Artist Showcase program returns for its 11th season, with 21 returning artists and 11 new artists in the program this year. Showcase artists work in photography (both color and black & white), oils, acrylics, watercolors, digital media, stone, wood, steel, bronze, clay, and other media.
More than a hundred new works will be on display in Artist Showcase, with the grand opening of the season on Saturday, February 1, for Port Townsend's monthly Art Walk at 5:30 p.m.
Elisabeth Mention - guest curator
Elisabeth Mention spent 32 years as a museum professional working in and for major museums in the United States and Europe. As a Paintings Conservator at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles she specialized in restoring old master paintings including works by Van Gogh, Monet, Rubens and Gainsborough. In addition to working in the Getty studios, she also worked at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, and in retirement at the Seattle Museum of Art.
These decades of working intimately with paintings have informed her eye and have influenced her own painting practice. She lives and happily creates art in Port Townsend.
"A lifetime of looking at art has taught me one essential message: everyone sees things differently. As a viewer each person brings a lifetime of experience, good and bad, with them when looking at art. An image may attract, repel, or evoke a myriad of associations. I've also come to understand that color is perceived very differently by the very nature of one's physiology. These issues all come into play when jurying a group of artists. The Showcase artists of 2019 exhibited a wide range of expression, and adding a group of new artists to that has been challenging. I have looked for strong voices: personal expressions in all media that appeal in their unique ways. An artist's palette has been a major factor in the choices I've made. The number of quality submissions this year has meant that not every strong entry could be accepted, but I'm pleased that the Showcase artists for 2020 are bringing their exciting expressions to the community."
Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Monday, 11:30 – 5:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.