Burien Art Gallery Review + Margaret Davidson 7pm Tonight

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Review of the Art Show at the Burien Art Gallery (through May 31st)

by Julia Wight

“And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils.”

And so will your hearts when you see what’s showing at the Burien Art Gallery now through May 31st.

In the main gallery a group of eight artists calling themselves the G8 have collaborated in an outstanding exhibition under the leadership of Margaret Davidson. The emphasis here is on drawing in different and expressive ways using graphite, pen, ball point, pastel, charcoal, carbon dust and colored pencil with added water color and a few impressive oil paintings.

As you turn right into the first room you will be greeted by Margaret Davidson’s intriguing paintings of buttons using the medium of colored pencil and watercolor. She imbues her pictures with a delicate and timeless quality, and like the siren’s call the observer is drawn back again and again to ponder the mystery that surrounds these everyday objects.

To the left, Cathy Bohlke’s use of carbon dust softens each still life into an exquisite sense of intimacy. The beauty of the details is the work of a true master.

In stark contrast, Pamela Durga Robinson’s commanding life size self portrait executed in pastel and charcoal, demands your attention. Before us is a strong determined woman in no way diminished as she clutches a large knitted doll while at her feet a doll’s chair tilts towards the viewer. Her smaller oil paintings of dolls create a disturbing ambiguity.

Moving now to the larger gallery the oil paintings of Lolly Shery recapture the work of the old masters with their perfectly chosen frames and yet still convey a whiff of modernity. On the left hand wall are three handsome life drawings, one by John Unbehand and two by Courtney Estevin. As you turn left three oil paintings by Julia Stanton grace the corner with her entrancing rendering of a small pile of balls of knitting wool. As you move back into the gallery you can’t miss Courtney’s and John’s still lives. His ball point drawings are dazzling. The unique works of Joseph Pentheroudakis is all about texture and line.

Upstairs you are in for a treat. United Artists, Nancy Bogni, Rachel Loy and Judy Dore have put together a real eye pleaser. Nancy Bogni, a noted water colorist gives us wonderful examples of the use of light and juxtaposition of color in her still lives and charming portraits. Rachel, using markers and colored pencil creates her own unique style that is child-like, sophisticated and colorful. Judy Dore honors the body in her use of oil, pastel and colored pencil.

The lower gallery displays a variety of skills from Evergreen students concentrating on drawings interspersed by some simple water colors.

Gallery hours are Wed- Sun noon – 4:PM.

Come and hear Margaret Davidson talk tonight, Friday, April 24, at 7pm and attend a reception on Sunday, May 31st, the last day of the show.

The Burien Arts Gallery is located at 421 SW 146th Street, in the little blue house in Dottie Harper Park.  Phone number is 206.244.7878 and email is: [email protected]

The gallery offers a wide spectrum of high-quality visual arts. It sets itself apart as the only local venue to feature emerging contemporary artists. Innovative shows open at least six times a year in the main galleries, connecting the Burien/Highline region to the very pulse of artistic growth. Festive opening and closing receptions are held every two months, artists talks coincide with each new gallery show, and gallery tours are available daily.

Upstairs galleries provide display areas for community artists and members of Artists United who serve as the gallery’s strong volunteer base. The downstairs education annex showcases the talent of local high school art students as well as a gift gallery featuring prints, jewelry and ceramics created by local artisans.

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