April brings Painters to Burien Arts Gallery; Opening Reception is April 1

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April brings “Works from the Gray Sky Studio” to the Burien Arts Gallery, featuring paintings by Julie Jacobson and Greta Dutton, with an Opening Reception set for Friday, April 1.

Also displayed are works by Corrie Ebel and glass sculpture by Michael Dupille.

Meet the artists on Friday, April 1 at the Opening Reception, from 5-8 p.m. at the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd Street. The fun evening also includes face painting in front of the Gallery and the Burien UFO Festival in the surrounding Olde Burien neighborhood—no fooling!

Julie Jacobson has been selling her paintings for over a decade in local boutiques and galleries. She’s been a graphic designer for 20 years, both in design firms and her own freelance business.

Notes Julie, “This background definitely plays a role in my art. Each painting is a study in composition, color and story.

“This series is about taking away all the noise and excess but still being left with something special and alive. By dissecting, overlapping and reassembling the Magnolia flower something new and beautiful is created. It is a practice of subtlety and restraint. Sometimes the simplest of things is actually the hardest and it serves as a reminder that interest, beauty and amusement can be found in everyday objects.”

Despite spending most of her time in Indiana, Greta’s life journey has led her to also live in such exciting places as Malibu, London, New Mexico and Australia before ending up here in the Seattle area.

Greta views life and art as a combination of choice and chance. Her art draws from her emotions and her exceptional life journey.

“My art is inspired by moods, moments, memory and my quest to understand life.” Greta declares. “Sometimes the work stays close to original intent and other times it takes a life of its own.

“I’m inspired by nature. I love the contrasting colors of flowers, skies, clouds and atmosphere. I’m especially drawn to water. Water, like painting, calms and excites me. I feel alive when I paint and I can’t imagine life without art.”

Artists United members Sharon McConnell, Diane Fechin Gardner and Debra Valprey will also be displaying their work. Sharon and Diane are long time AU members who both paint and photograph. Debra, a new member, is an oil and watercolor painter.

The entire exhibit runs April 1-April 30. The Burien Arts Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, Noon-6 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday to Tuesday.

For more information visit www.burienarts.org or call 206-244-7808.

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