Let your imagination run wild in Kirkland Arts Center’s new exhibition: Imaginature

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Jan. 24 - March 7
Opening reception: Friday, Jan. 23, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Imaginature examines how different artists create works that are inspired by nature and warped by their imagination. The works featured in Imaginature range from slightly altered landscapes to wild, surreal portrayals of animals. Natural imagery is manipulated in novel and exciting ways. Curated by Grant P.H. Barber, the exhibit features art from local artists and galleries.

Renee Adams, Louise Britton, Gerard Cambon, Ben Darby, Thomas Deady, Rachel Denny, Cheryl Ekstrom, Justin Gibbens, Tyson Grumm, Robin & John Gumaelius, Larry Heald, Guy Laramee, Fred Lisaius, Mars and Pony, Jason Sobottka, Amy Spassov, Francesca Sundsten, John Thoe, Wendy Thon, Thomas Wood
Come get lost in Louise Bitton’s piece, “Optimism,” in which a dead tree, partially immersed in the ocean, is accompanied by a single, red balloon tied to one of the twisting branches. “Optimism” causes the viewer to pause and ponder what the presence of the balloon suggests, allowing them to invent their own tale. An additional piece that showcases the concept behind Imaginature is “Bad Bunny” by local artist Thomas Wood. Standing out against a black and white background, a pink bunny passes the time by smoking a cigarette. One can only wonder what other bad deeds this bunny has done.  
The exhibit also includes an interactive felt wall where both children and adults can assemble their own imaginative monsters out of pre-cut felt monster body parts. Along with creating a monster, visitors are encouraged to create an elaborate back story detailing the history of their creature.
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 Saturday, Feb 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.: In conjunction with this exhibit, a sculpture and watercolor workshop will be offered in the gallery. Using images of flora and fauna as a jumping-off point, this workshop will introduce students to two approaches of art creation utilized by Central Washington couple Justin Gibbens and Renee Adams. Supplies will be provided. Register at

Kirkland Arts Center promotes artistic mastery and community participation in the visual arts through innovative educational programming, contemporary exhibitions and dynamic events while providing stewardship of the historic Peter Kirk Building. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 620 Market Street in Kirkland. The gallery is free to the public and all ages are welcome.

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