CrossCurrentsThe Larson greets the New Year with a unique exhibition opening to the public on Friday, January 7, 2011, from 5 – 7:30pm. Titled Crosscurrents, this multifaceted show celebrates the 30th anniversary of “Crosscurrents” magazine which is a literary and art publication produced annually by the Washington Community College Humanities Association. The exhibit provides a retrospective sampler of work by artists and writers who have contributed to “Crosscurrents” magazine.  Artists and poets who have been published three or more times in the magazine and/or were magazine award winners were invited to submit work from past issues as well as new work for this state-wide traveling exhibition.  These “core” show artists, as well as other “Crosscurrents” artists included in various show venues, represent the hundreds of talented instructors who have taught or are now teaching in our state’s community colleges.  These works delve into the myriad aspects of what it means to be human, thus conveying to exhibit viewers the essence of the humanities just as our community college instructors convey this essence to their students.

Artists featured in the exhibition are: Joe Batt, Ray Cooper, Melinda Leibers Cox, Elizabeth Halfacre, Carol Hannum, Michael Paul Miller, Natalie Niblack, Yvette O’Neil, Rosemary Powelson, Joan Stuart Ross, and Eric Sandgren. Paintings, drawings, mixed media work, prints, and sculpture are included. Numerous literary works will also be presented including work by: Jim Fisher, Molly Tennebaum, Allen Braden, and many others.

The public is also invited to attend a free “Poetry Reading and Discussion”  hosted in the Larson Gallery on Wednesday, January 26 from  7 – 8 pm. Featured local poets who will participate are: Linda C. Brown, Mark Fuzie, Terry Martin and Dan Peters of Blue Begonia Press.  Come for an evening of lively discussion, great poetry, refreshments, and a major dose of creativity energy shared by all!

The WCCHA is the only state community college humanities association in the country.  As distances and funding shortages limit possibilities for many instructors to attend the annual WCCHA conferences and benefit from conference workshops and presentations, the exhibit serves as a reminder that all humanities instructors in the state are united in their efforts to communicate core humanities values to their students as well as continuing to work as artists and writers themselves.

The Larson Gallery is open to the public Tuesday – Friday 10 – 5, and Saturday 1 – 5 except during exhibition changes. For more information call 574 – 4875