2016 KAC Artists’ Exhibition

Joyce Yu, The Chairman Cries, photograph
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  • Venue: KAC Gallery, 620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033

The KAC Artists’ Exhibition is an annual show in the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery featuring work from our talented community of artists in a variety of media. The competition was especially fierce this year, with 79 KAC affiliates – students, instructors, staff, volunteers, and donors – submitting 218 works for consideration. The 34 pieces of artwork from 22 local artists selected for this year’s show feature everything from contemporary photography to figurative prints to mixed media constructions, plus much more. View gallery open hours.

Juror

Award Winners

Selected Artists

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Opening Reception

  • Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Free to the public. Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary snacks. $2 wine and beer. Free parking is available.

The jury’s top two picks will be revealed and you are invited to cast your vote for your favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award.

  • Evelyn Hirata, Penelope Coming and Going, etched acrylic
    Evelyn Hirata, Penelope Coming and Going, etched acrylic
  • Naoko Morisawa, Wave XV-Hybrid, Hand crafted oil-stained wood mosaics, acrylic and oil, Japanese paper
    Naoko Morisawa, Wave XV-Hybrid, Hand crafted oil-stained wood mosaics, acrylic and oil, Japanese paper
  • Artist Profile: Donna Porter
  • Houri Ronasi, Desert Play II, oil on canvas
    Houri Ronasi, Desert Play II, oil on canvas
  • Iskra Johnson, Barge, limited edition archival pigment print-digital collage
    Iskra Johnson, Barge, limited edition archival pigment print-digital collage
  • Karen Klee-Atlin, Tree Tech, linocut
    Karen Klee-Atlin, Tree Tech, linocut
  • Kathleen Skeels, Queen in Mourning, porcelain
    Kathleen Skeels, Queen in Mourning, porcelain
  • Anna Macrae, Urban Landscape, oil on canvas
    Anna Macrae, Urban Landscape, oil on canvas
  • Kathy Collins, Parody is Defeated, mixed media
    Kathy Collins, Parody is Defeated, mixed media
  • Joyce Yu, Among the Sheep, photograph
    Joyce Yu, Among the Sheep, photograph
  • Artist Profile: Houri Ronasi
  • Toni Almerico, Broken Open, pen and ink
    Toni Almerico, Broken Open, pen and ink
  • Polly Purvis, Detainee #1, mixed media construction
    Polly Purvis, Detainee #1, mixed media construction
  • Elizabeth Halfacre, 98115, mixed media
    Elizabeth Halfacre, 98115, mixed media
  • Lisa Berkman, Fruit Bowl, oil on canvas
    Lisa Berkman, Fruit Bowl, oil on canvas
  • Amy Ferron, This Place Where You Are Right Now, acrylic paint and paper on board
    Amy Ferron, This Place Where You Are Right Now, acrylic paint and paper on board
  • Susie Larsson, Katarina Gold, jewelry
    Susie Larsson, Katarina Gold, jewelry
  • Karen Klee-Atlin, Reflection, woodcut
    Karen Klee-Atlin, Reflection, woodcut
  • Anna Macrae, Main Street, oils on canvas
    Anna Macrae, Main Street, oils on canvas
  • Crystal Edwards, Throughway, mixed media
    Crystal Edwards, Throughway, mixed media
  • Donna Porter, Feline Dreams, clay with multiple glazes and firings
    Donna Porter, Feline Dreams, clay with multiple glazes and firings
  • Joann Wadge, Senescence, clay and wood
    Joann Wadge, Senescence, clay and wood
  • Liz VanBemmel, Silt, collagraph on mulberry paper
    Liz VanBemmel, Silt, collagraph on mulberry paper
  • Cynthia Lait, Girl from Ipanema, acrylic and paper on two panels
    Cynthia Lait, Girl from Ipanema, acrylic and paper on two panels
  • Jan Tervonen, Cat Dreams Chapter 3, watermedia collage
    Jan Tervonen, Cat Dreams Chapter 3, watermedia collage
  • Polly Purvis, Detainee #2, mixed media construction
    Polly Purvis, Detainee #2, mixed media construction
  • Don Myhre, Tarnation Constellation, mixed media construction
    Don Myhre, Tarnation Constellation, mixed media construction
  • Evelyn Hirata, Pine and Mountain, collagraph
    Evelyn Hirata, Pine and Mountain, collagraph
  • Susie Larsson, Laura, jewelry
    Susie Larsson, Laura, jewelry
  • Naoko Morisawa, Wave XVI-New Wave ii, Hand Crafted Oil-Stained Cardboard Mosaics, Acrylic, Oil and Japanese paper
    Naoko Morisawa, Wave XVI-New Wave ii, Hand Crafted Oil-Stained Cardboard Mosaics, Acrylic, Oil and Japanese paper
  • Donna Porter, Yellow Party, clay with multiple glazes and firings
    Donna Porter, Yellow Party, clay with multiple glazes and firings
  • Toni Almerico, Landslide, Pen and ink
    Toni Almerico, Landslide, Pen and ink
  • Kathleen Skeels, Child in Hand, ceramic, porcelain
    Kathleen Skeels, Child in Hand, ceramic, porcelain
  • Amy Ferron, Sea Change, acrylic paint and paper on board
    Amy Ferron, Sea Change, acrylic paint and paper on board
  • Joyce Yu, The Chairman Cries, photograph
    Joyce Yu, The Chairman Cries, photograph
  • Lisa Berkman, Gorgeous, oil on canvas
    Lisa Berkman, Gorgeous, oil on canvas

All artwork displayed is for sale as marked by the Kirkland Arts Center.

More Information About the 2016 KAC Artists’ Exhibition

This year, KAC had the privilege of welcoming Frederick R. Holmes, owner of Frederick Holmes and Company Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art in Seattle, as our judge. Frederick Holmes has been in the art business for over 30 years as director of a contemporary gallery in Carmel, CA; director of a contemporary gallery in Hong Kong; and a national representative for the late American sculptor Frederick Hart. In June 2013, he opened Frederick Holmes and Company, one of the first new businesses that have become the face of the upscale “renaissance” of Pioneer Square.

Holmes carefully and deliberately selected a body of work that flows together as an ensemble while showcasing a breadth of diverse pieces. On his artwork choices, Holmes stated, “As a gallery owner and 34-year professional in the arts, I’ve consistently relied on a very simple formula when selecting work for my gallery. It’s the same criteria I’ve used for the selection process with this exhibition: ‘Skill and imagination in equal measure.’ In reviewing over 200 individual works by 79 artists, ‘skill and imagination’ were my metrics.”

Holmes also had encouraging words for the artists who did not get selected: “It goes without saying that all art, regardless of the discipline, is a subjective and highly personal experience for an audience. Some may agree with my choices and some may not. Most importantly, I’d like to express my respect and admiration for all the artists who submitted their work, regardless of inclusion in this exhibition. It takes courage to stick your neck out.”