55th Annual Central Washington Artists Exhibition

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the CWAE
Larson Gallery hosts the 55th 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.

This year’s juried competition received 165 entries were submitted by 81 artists; 62 pieces by 50 artists were accepted.  Artists in this year’s show represent 6 counties in central Washington; 28 artists reside in Yakima County, 10 in Kittitas, and 9 in Benton County.  In addition, there is one exhibiting artist each from Klickitat, Walla Walla and Franklin counties.  Over $5,000 in cash awards, including $750 for Best of Show, has been awarded to the exhibiting artists.

Award sponsors include: Leo Adams, Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, Argus Insurance Inc, Baha’í Faith of Yakima, Drs. Robert & Linda Beath, Bergeron Jewelers, Marcia Blevins, Jack & Connie Bloxom, Joel Garretson, John Gasperetti, Heritage University, Felicia Holtzinger, Dr Linda Kaminski, Kurt & Melissa Labberton, Julie Gage Larson, Larson Gallery, Peggy Lewis, Memorial Hospital, Christian & Janet Schlect, Bill Shields, Delma Tayer, Rob & Michelle Wyles, Yakima Society of Artists.

This year’s juror is Andrée B. Carter, Academic Director of Liberal Arts at the Art Institute of Seattle as well as a practicing artist.  Carter received an MFA in painting from the University of New Orleans and a BA in painting from Loyola University, also in New Orleans. Carter’s work has been featured in the annual New American Paintings Magazine, vol. 16—curated by John Ravena of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is also the recipient of a Virginia Center for Creative Arts Painting Fellowship, and a winner of the New Orleans National Painting Competition curated by William Fagaly, Assistant Curator of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The artist has been very active in the Seattle art scene for the last ten years and has served on the faculty of the of The Art Institute of Seattle, the Kirkland Art Center, Pratt Fine Arts Center and the Gage Academy both in Seattle, and  Delgado Community College in New Orleans. Carter’s work is part of numerous private and public collections including Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Iberia Bank, New Orleans, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and Hotel Max in Seattle.

The artist’s work is represented by Pacini Lubel Gallery in Seattle and Herlard Cimino Gallery in New Orleans; she has also exhibited her work in numerous Seattle venues including Patricia Cameron Gallery in Seattle and the Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, California.

The exhibit continues through December 4. This year’s accepted artists are:
Renee Adams, Terri Akins, Karen Allen, Deborah Ann, John Barany, Norman Brown, Nyree Burke, Guillermo Castaneda, Sara Cate, Anne Greenwell Collett, Darwin Davis, Rachel Dorn, Sally Fitch, W.D. Frank, Jerry Freeman, Justin Gibbens, Catherine (Kasia) Gorski, Craig Hotchkiss, Edward Humpherys, Joan Cawley Crane, Jerry Johnson, Kathryn Kaye, Eunsil Kim, Charlotte Van Zant King, Cheryl LaFlamme, Marty Lovins, Marlin Lowe, Scott Mayberry, Tom McClelland, Terry Mullen, Carolyn Nelson, Carmela Newstead, Ryan Nichols, Don O’Connor, Lucas Orthmann, Melissa Osborne, LuAnn Ostergaard, Hannah Peterson, Ralph Richards, Jack Roberts, Rick Roth, Margo Selski, Marlene Simla, Karen Starkey, Shari Stoddard, Gayle Scholl, Thelma Triplett, Kristen Urlacher, Sandra Westford, & Tom Woodall