Northwest NEWS

October 7, 2002

Features

Duvall gallery hosts young artists' debut

On Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5-7 p.m., artists Alyssa Varela, age 10, and Stephanie Johnson, age 11, will be holding a debut gallery opening at Pumps & Grinds in Duvall.
   Introduced to art at an early age, their talent has quickly emerged and shows promise of a life-long love for creating works which will inspire and stir the emotions of those who come in contact with their art.
   Both girls have accomplished much with their skills. In response to the national tragedy of Sept. 11, they participated in an art project to reach out to the children affected by 9/11. Their pieces of art, along with those of their classmates, were published into a book entitled "Messages of Hope, Peace and Love," which have been distributed free of charge to victims' families to help cope with the grief of losing loved ones.
   Stephanie participated in a student delegation that went to New York City to personally distribute copies of this book to leaders, officials and family members.
   Both girls are students of Duvall art teacher Dianne Brudnicki. Having studied various art techniques, methods and mediums, Alyssa and Stephanie have each begun to develop their own sense of artistic style and preference.
   Alyssa's fondness for depicting animals in a realistic fashion, while capturing the nuance of facial expression and movement of light, has earned her recognition and awards in juried art shows.
   Stephanie's intuitive and expressive use of color and composition has gained the recognition of not only jurors on art panels, but also by business leaders who have commissioned her to create works to hang in their offices, and by scores of people who have purchased copies of her numerous pieces of art.
   Pumps & Grinds is located at 15614 Main St. For more information, call (425) 844-2766.