Event Details

Show Closing: Art Of Friendship

  • 26 Jun 2022
  • Cavu Cellars

Eight Walla Walla valley artists are celebrating friendship in a

gallery show at CAVU Cellars during the month of June. Featured artists include

Barbara Bates, Brenda Bernards, Janaki Howard, Tiffany Jenes, Shannon Kimball,

Marilee Schiff, Betty Simcock, and Bobbi Walker. An artists’ reception will be held

Friday, June 3 from 5-7 pm. CAVU is located at 175 E. Aeronca Avenue across from the

Walla Walla Regional Airport. Light refreshments will be provided and beverages will be

available for purchase.

In 2018, several members of the group were taking oil painting classes in Todd

Telander’s studio. Mimi Mott suggested going to coffee, Bobbi accepted, Marilee

asserted she’d like to go, then all were invited and just like that, according to Bobbi, it

was a group. Nearly every week, the group met for coffee and conversation, about art

and other interests; the birth of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, illness and

healing, happenings in the community, and maybe a little politics. The group took

classes and field trips together. They visited art events in the community and supported

each other through achievement and challenge. During the pandemic, coffee gatherings

were at first held socially distanced outside, but when that became problematic, the

group kept the conversation going virtually. The idea for an art show celebrating

friendship, came out of these conversations.

For members of the group, artistic inspiration comes from sources as diverse as the

individuals themselves. Brenda, for example, draws inspiration from both the photos

taken on her travels and scenes from everyday life. When Shannon is creating, she is

inspired by all people and their untold and unique stories. A love of hiking and exploring

the Blue Mountains inspires Janaki. Bobbi enjoys the challenge of capturing a moment

of nature’s beauty in landscape painting or a fleeting expression or mood in portraits. A

current theme in Tiffany’s collage work is nature and beauty. Incorporating photos of

vintage objects and flowers and layering them with acrylic paints, she creates dreamlike

imagery “just imperfect enough to be interesting.”

“My love of painting began as a child and has come full circle back to the intuitive nature

of creating,” Barb shares. For Marilee, it’s about defining what you love and living the

seasons of your life honoring your heart’s calling,

“It seems that creating art represents life’s journey,” Betty reflects. “There is always

more to learn as one’s story broadens, grows deeper and becomes richer.”


 


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