REVIEW: Summer Shows At The Burien Art Gallery

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by Julia Wight

Here comes summer, along with the latest art show at the Burien Art Gallery. This time avant-garde meets heart warming watercolors and superb photos. In other words, here is something for everyone.

In the main gallery, it’s fun to watch people’s reaction to the work of sculptor Timea Tihanyi. One visitor asked me if they were remodeling. Timea has converted mundane objects that barely attract our attention into sewn soft cut felt sculptures that make us question what is art and hopefully start us thinking about how we perceive our environment.

In the other room in the main gallery, Yann Novak offers an example of “performance art.” He has responded to that particular space in creating a line of pillows facing an alcove that reminds him of a stage. Two small loudspeakers flank either side of the alcove when turned on emit an indistinguishable sound that lasts for 8 minutes. In a written explanation he addresses his fear of the perfect impossible performance.

For a complete change of art landscape we ascend the stairs welcomed by two light infused paintings by water colorist Sue Ellen Huff. Her work covers subject matter from still lives containing exquisite sunflowers and gleaming blue glass to landscapes with people, a gaggle of geese and interesting treatment of water. I would urge any student of watercolors not to miss this exhibit.

In her photographs, Chris Gowers chooses nature as her source of inspiration. She creates straightforward prints or gives us heady compositions that morph into abstract art through her skillful eye and digital treatments.

Some of Tom Fletcher’s photos leave me breathless in their exquisite rendition. His treatment of a calla lily is simply high art. Widely traveled, his subject matter is a feast for the eyes including some small prints of fruit and vegetables.

Downstairs in the annex, Highline High School artists present a high level of talent with a powerful mix of collage (torn paper), penciled still life, photography and mixed media.

The Burien Art Gallery is located at 421 SW 146th Street in a little blue house in Dottie Harper Park:

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