Artwork of Julie Scandora

scandora-birdNormandy Park City Hall Gallery
Now through 11/30/2014

The passionate, bold colors of oil bars are Julie Scandora’s favorite medium. Originally developed for putting highlights on oil paintings, Scandora applies oil bars to gessoed boards, moving the paint around with gloved fingers, putting her whole body into the work. That energy permeates the works, complementing the wild colors and giving life to the painting.

Boeing Space Center

Kent-Space-Center-1965-edited-300x187Kent Historical Museum

On October 30, 1965, the Boeing Space Center was dedicated and open for business. Built in the middle of the Green River Valley’s fertile agricultural lands, it was the most advanced space research complex in private industry. The $120 million Center provided vital support to Boeing’s Space Division in the years ahead. Four major laboratories were in use: Space Flight Simulation, Space Environment Simulation, Materials and Processes, and Microelectronics. By 1967, the Center had expanded to eleven buildings with one and a quarter million square feet of floor space. www.kenthistoricalmuseum.org

Keli Sim-DeRitis – French landscapes

Burien_French CypressBurien Community Center
Now through 11/30/2014

The Burien Community Center is now showing the paintings of artist Keli Sim-DeRitis. Keli has been a graphic designer and artist for over 25 years. She has dabbled with oil and acrylic painting since childhood, but it was not until an art retreat in 2008 that she discovered acrylic mixed media which reawakened her creative spirit and inspired her to start painting again. Keli works with acrylic paints and mediums and incorporates elements of collage and found objects in many of her pieces.

Tied By Lightning Telegraph Exhibits – SeaTac, Kent, Federal Way

Detail from Highline Historical Society's "Tied By Lightning" exhibit

Detail from Highline Historical Society’s “Tied By Lightning” exhibit

In conjunction with the Tied By Lightning Military Road Telegraph project, which marks 150 years since the telegraph line first came up Military Road and connected Seattle with the rest of the world, three historical societies in South King County are hosting exhibits of telegraph equipment. Exhibits will be up at least through the month of October.

Claire Putney and Kristie Smith

Kristie Smith 1Burien Arts Gallery
10/2 – 11/2/2014

Artists Claire Putney and Kristie Smith bring their unique and fascinating artwork to the Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152nd Street, in October.

Working with ink on paper, Putney combines maps, charts and diagrams with current and historic imagery. Human experience and geographic location become layered within the composition. Her work has been featured in many solo exhibitions, including in Chicago, San Diego and Seattle.

Smith’s oil and acrylic paintings reflect a fascination with landscape, structures, lines, symbol systems and the attempt to create order in an unstable world. Her images are both graphic and painterly. She has studied at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle and at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Newcastle – Little Giant of the Eastside

Invitation-1Renton History Museum
Now through 2/7/2015

The Renton History Museum joins forces with the Newcastle Historical Society to present a history of our coal mining neighbor to the North. By the late 1890s, coal mining had made Newcastle the second largest town in King County, second only to Seattle. Pacific Coast Coal Company put its mark on Newcastle in ways that Renton never experienced. When the company left Newcastle after a miners’ strike, many Newcastle residents moved to Renton. Come learn about how different neighboring coal mining towns can be in this fascinating look at another Eastside city.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton.  www.rentonhistorymuseum.org

Auburn Valley Creative Arts Gallery

Auburn Valley Creative Arts

AVCA-treeringsView works by AVCA members Zach Tanner, Conni Reinecke, Mary Ellen Bowers, Marie Lyndemere, Amanda J. DeSilver and more in AVCA‘s new gallery space at 222 E Main Street (Suite F in The Arcade building), Auburn.

Sole Obsession: 100 Years of Women’s Shoes from Kitten Heels to Power Pumps

Sole_Obsession-2014White River Valley Museum
Now through 11/9/2014

Step into this exhibit that presents a range of dressy footwear spanning from 1910-2010, and reflects upon the dramatic changes experienced by the women who wore them. Over one hundred pairs of shoes from regional museums and private collections will be displayed with examples of women’s cocktail and party apparel from the Museum’s collection. Curated by Christine Palmer. The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE in Auburn.

The Japanese in the Kent Valley

GKHS-JpnsexhibitKent History Museum
Permanent exhibit

Located on the second floor of the historic Bereiter House, this exhibit focuses on Mr. Ernest Kyozo Saito, one of the previous owners of Bereiter House. Artifacts on display include artwork and a collection of men and women’s clothing. There are also stories of the internment camps during World War II and the Japanese residents of Kent. The Museum is located at 855 E Smith Street in Kent, and is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon – 4 PM.  Suggested admission is $2.  For more information visit www.kenthistoricalmuseum.org

Renton Cooperative Coal Company

Coal minersRenton History Museum
Permanent exhibit

This exhibit tells the story of a group of miners who came to Renton searching for better lives. The exhibit features a DVD presentation showcasing many of the Museum’s rarely seen historic coal mining photographs. The second exhibit features two of Renton’s other early industries and the people who built them: Denny-Renton Clay & Coal and Pacific Car & Foundry (PACCAR). Included are many artifacts and photographs that are being exhibited for the first time. The exhibits were created with grant funding from 4Culture.

2014-15 Downtown Auburn Sculpture Gallery

Kuhns FertilityThe City of Auburn’s outdoor Sculpture Gallery extends throughout the downtown core, with six sites on Main Street and one additional site at the intersection of N Division Street and 1st Street NE between the City Hall and Auburn General Hospital. The sculptures rotate annually. Currently on display:

  • Dancing Starfish by Steve Jensen
  • Anemone by Stephen Nomura
  • JOLI 3 by Steve Farris
  • Fertility by Jennifer Kuhns
  • Silverware Ostrich by Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich
  • Hook Nose Salmon by Dan Klennert
  • Timeline Theory Reflections by Ken Turner

Tukwila Sister City Exhibit

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Permanent exhibit

On permanent display at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center are several gifts presented to the City of Tukwila and its officials from representatives of Tukwila’s Sister City – Miyoshi, Japan.  In 1979 tukwila established formal affiliations with Ikawa-cho, Japan, but when Ikawa merged with five other surrounding cities to form the new city of Miyoshi in 2006, Tukwila continued the sister city relationship with Miyoshi.  However, this relationship is now shared with The Dalles, Oregon, which previously had a sister city affiliation with Ikeda, another one of the merging cities. This exhibit includes dolls, dioramas, scrolls, and more.  The Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center is located at 14475 59th Avenue S in Tukwila.  tukwilahistory.org

Art on Poverty Bay outdoor sculpture gallery

City of Des Moines
Now through 5/2015 DMsculpture

Sculptures by Washington State artists have been installed at sites along S 216th Street, Marine View Drive S and in the Des Moines Marina. Artists whose work is represented include Des Moines resident George C. Scott, Sabah Al-Dhaher, Karsten Boysen, Andries Breedt, Dan Klennert, Lin McJunkin, Pat McVay, Leo Osborne, Kris Vermeer, students in the Highline School District’s Puget Sound Skills Center welding program, and Karsten Boysen, who created the pictured work, titled American Venus.

Maple Valley Historical Museums

Maple Valley Historical Society
First Saturday of every month

The Maple Valley Historical Society operates three museums: the top floor of the Old Grade School at 23015 SE 216th Way; and the Fire Engine Museum and Gibbon/Mezzavilla Store Museum at 22012 SE 248th Street (corner of Witte Road, behind the Community Center).  These are open the first Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM, and also are open by appointment.  Call 425-432-3470.