Northwest NEWS

March 1, 1999


'Fascinating' entries at Senior Art Fair

by Bronwyn Burns-Wilson

   Watercolors to painted porcelain highlighted the third annual art fair held February 22-25 at the Carnation Senior Center.

   According to Art Fair co-chair Huntley Berg, the submissions this year included "fascinating" entries. Among them were the artistic lifelike creations of animals painted on rocks by entrant Doree Willis. "The eyes were so real they seemed to be looking right at you," Berg said.

   Chuck Willis, Doree's husband, had his own unique entry, handmade wooden baskets built with a saw and router to look woven.

   Carnation Elementary fourth-grade students presented their charcoal drawings, and the second-graders' stamp designs added to the esthetic display.

   The acrylic painting titled Carnation Farms by artist Chris Iacobazzi won first place. Gregor Kradenpoth was awarded second prize for his intricate acrylic scored on hardboard. John Little of North Bend took the third place award for a mountain and lake landscape done in oils.

   "I was very pleased with the quality," stated Berg. "We had some excellent work, very nice pieces entered."

   Bruce Edwards, co-chair and local artist well-known for his watercolors, served as judge. Berg explains that Edwards donates his time to the Senior Center. He designed the Snoqualmie River mural at the north end of the Senior Center and has taught six-week art courses to the senior members. "He probably can teach a blind horse to draw," Berg remarked.

   The Senior Center is a non-profit organization, and the $10 entry fee went toward the prize money. Many of the paintings are for sale, including the prize-winning work of Chris Iacobazzi. For further information, call (425) 333-4152.