Jean Behnke, Michael Peterson, Peter de Lory, Kathy Gore-Fuss, and Lee Imonen


September 16 - November 6, 2017









The art-packed galleries feature five artists whose works have been featured nationwide. All of the artists interpret the natural world and honor the abundant Northwest resources in their personal statements of celebration and concern.

​FROM ROCKY OUTCROPPINGS: Jean Behnke, Michael Peterson, and Peter de Lory feature familiar yet refreshing treatments of our Pacific NW landscapes. Behnke is a printmaker and sculptor, Peterson a sculptor, both from Lopez, and de Lory a photographer.

​In the North Gallery, ARBOREAL BEAUTY: Kathy Gore-Fuss portrays our characteristic forests in lush paintings. BURNT: Lee Imonen fills the glass atrium with an interpretation of an everyday object and a message about the consumption of resources.

“This series of sculptures put into visual form our dependence on natural materials, and our need to balance our consumption of these resources."

Lee Imonen’s art has been shown and reviewed in Sculpture, Sunset Magazine and American Craft. Lee is a sculptor and instructor at Lane Community College in Portland, OR. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon.

Kathy Gore Fuss, says of her work, “every character in the forest is connected to the whole…, I try to capture some of that feeling.” Kathy’s solo shows range from Seattle to Ellensburg and beyond. She has been welcomed to more than 25 invitational exhibitions at prestigious galleries and museums. Her works are in public and private collections such as Cisco and Evergreen State College.

“It appears that somewhere between my intention and lack of it an authentic art can reveal itself.” Jean Behnke’s extensive resume includes her MFA from the University of Texas and inclusion in more than ten solo exhibitions in Washington and Texas. Her participation in group exhibitions includes the Surge Festival, Fate of the Forest in Bellingham, and Seattle Printmakers’ Invitational.

​“My organic abstract work in wood has always been grounded in the natural world.” Since 1986, internationally known, Michael Peterson’s organic, abstract work has been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the US, including Revolution in Wood at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Craft Spoken Here at Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012.



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