Kent Centennial Gallery

Tsehaye Haddish, “the blue eye”

Seattle artist Tsehaye Haddish was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and developed a love for art in childhood. He attended various courses and participated in international exhibits to make his way to the art world. He is most proud of his work as the Project Manager, Director, and Exhibitor of the Annual Eritrean National Carnival from 2011 to 2015. Today he focuses primarily on portraits, beginning with the eyes. He uses a palette knife to create layers in oil and some mixed media.

Ian Shearer is a graduate of The Academy of Art University of San Francisco, but now calls Seattle home. In 2018, Ian survived a massive stroke. Through intense therapy he was able to regain use of the right side of his body, however, his painting style and abilities were greatly changed, which has led him to “start over” as an artist. Currently, Ian’s work focuses on urban landscapes. Using the city as a lens to explore themes of isolation, subjective reality, sensory experience, and memory; often finding beauty in the everyday moments of urban life. These moments intrigue him, especially as ordinary moments become extraordinary in the wake of disability. Through his work, Ian is exploring the changes in his visual language and developing a dialogue of the post-stroke experience. More of Ian’s work can be found at

The Kent Centennial Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM. It is located at 400 W Gowe Street in Kent.