Northwest NEWS

September 25, 2000


Pacific Rim Art Exposition to showcase talent of North America

by Deborah Stone
   Features Writer
   The Pacific Rim Art Exposition, formerly known as the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, will be held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall Sept. 29-Oct.1st.
   This "must-see" event is considered to be one of the top three shows of its kind in the country and showcases nearly 120 of the best artists in North America.
   The work featured at the Exposition includes all genres, providing the art enthusiast/collector with a broad selection of art from which to choose.
   Renowned painter Rie Munoz has been chosen as Artist of the Year for the Exposition and she will be presenting a slide show of many of her watercolors that have never been published.
   The show will begin with paintings in the 60s and 70s and continue to her current works. This presentation will include legends, self-portraits, people at work and children at play, as well as other unique subjects inspired by her life in Alaska.
   Featured Sculptor Jason Napier is known throughout the West Coast as one of the finest sculptors of wildlife today. Napier creates his art in bronze and his work is said to be "symbolic and filled with motion."
   Spotlight Artist Gamini Ratnavira, now a U.S. citizen was born and raised in Sri Lanka.
   Ratnavira uses a photographic memory and life experience to enhance his colorful images of rain forest creatures. His paintings reveal a deep respect for nature and animals.
   The Exposition will also offer various seminars on art in its ongoing commitment to provide exceptional learning experiences to the public. Admission to the Exposition is $6 for adults (children under 12 are free). For further information call 253-761-9510.