Northwest NEWS

December 25, 2000


'Small Neighborhoods'

In January, the King County Gallery presents Small Neighborhoods, ceramic work by John A. Taylor. Whimsical, folksy figures go about the business of their daily lives in Taylor's collection of stoneware "apartment buildings."
   Working with a semi-vessel clay structure for a base, Taylor layers on odd shapes and clay forms in a sort of three-dimensional collage. Human and animal figures grace the surface of his work; recently, Taylor's vessels have metamorphosed into apartment buildings, "providing homes for the birds, plants and people that live there."
   Small Neighborhoods offers a collection of these buildings, along with the various other elements that comprise any community.
   Taylor says of his work, "In many instances the different objects and characters have little in common, other than the fact that they are brought together in one scene.
   All of the components are interrelated as with any neighborhood, with the diverse elements brought together by different circumstances."
   This exhibition at the King County Art Gallery will be on display Jan.4 -26. A reception for the artist will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 4. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. The King County Art Gallery is located within the King County Office of Cultural Resources, at 506 Second Avenue, Suite 200, in the Smith Tower building in downtown Seattle. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the gallery is open and free to the public.The King County Art Gallery can be previewed on line at
   For more information about this program, visit the King County Arts Commission on the Internet at or call (206) 296-7580.