50th Annual Central Washington Artists Exhibition

Larson Gallery hosts the “50th Annual Central Washington Artists Exhibition,” a juried exhibit of artists residing in Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties. The exhibit opens with a reception on Sunday, October 30 from 2 to 5 pm in Larson Gallery, 16th and Nob Hill and will run through December 10.

This year’s juried competition received 331 submissions—102 were accepted. A total of $6,700 in cash awards, including $750 for Best of Show, has been awarded to 31 artists. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. during the opening reception. Award sponsors include: Bill Shields, Shields Bag & Printing; Dorothy M. Prior Memorial; Chuck Vernon; Argus Insurance, Inc.; Larson Gallery Guild; Christian & Janet Schlect; Jackie Prout, Oak Hollow Framing; Jack & Connie Bloxom, Kurt & Melissa Labberton; Picatti Memorial; Heritage University; Lloyd Garretson Company; Peggy Lewis, Helen Haight, Felicia Melero Holtzinger; Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, Thelma Marshall, Julie Gage Leonardo; Carol Hassen; Noel Kelley; Dr. Linda Kaminski; Delma Tayer; Gasperetti’s; Randie & Steven Gottlieb; Jane Frietag; Memorial Hospital; Lorene Samuelson Memorial; Yakima Valley Society of Artists; Karen Raine Memorial; and Yakima Drawing Society.

This year’s jurors are painter, sculptor and mixed media artist, Sherry Markovitz and painter, printmaker and mixed media artist, Blake Haygood, both of Seattle, WA.

Markovitz was born in Chicago, received her BA from the University of Wisconsin and her MFA from the University of Washington. Her artwork is well known for the incredible beaded animal heads, the sensitive paintings, and her mixed media assemblages which are included in the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and many other public and private collections.

Vicki Halper, from the Seattle Art Museum, says “Sherry Markovitz’s work combines depth of feeling with restraint. Its stillness is contained in the isolated painted or sculpted forms. Tenderness and exuberance are expressed in the subtle and intricate colors, the distressed paper surfaces, the jeweled coats. Each lyrical scene has its poignancy, each dramatic display its subtlety and poise, and each heartfelt image its quiet control.”

Haygood is a Georgia native. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Industrial Management in 1988. In 1990 he traveled to Juneau, AK, and later migrated to Seattle to pursue an art career.

Haygood is self-taught, but considers himself a contemporary artist. His work represents a fictional world that references a mechanical reality. Objects fall apart and come together in a picture plane where scale is undeterminable. Originally known for his large scale drypoint prints, his most recent show featured paintings exclusively. He has exhibited both regionally, nationally and internationally and is in the collections of several institutions, including the Tacoma Art Museum, Safeco and the City of Seattle.

The exhibit continues through December 10. Larson Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, for more information contact (509) 574-4875.