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Final weekend for for 'MATERIE PRIME/raw materials' at The Island Gallery

The art of Virginia Paquette is showcased in
The art of Virginia Paquette is showcased in 'MATERIE PRIME/raw materials' at The Island Gallery.
— image credit: Image courtesy of Virginia Paquette | The Island Gallery

The exhibition “MATERIE PRIME/raw materials” will conclude this weekend at The Island Gallery in Winslow.

“MATERIE PRIME/raw materials” showcases the latest work of Seattle artist Virginia Paquette. The final day for the exhibition is Sunday, June 29.

The exhibition is a series of works, both large and small, that combine painting and elements of collage.

Paquette earned her master's of fine art degree in painting from the University of Washington

She has worked and exhibited internationally. Her art frequently depicts a sense of movement and change, and is inspired by natural form, color, and phenomena.

The artist explains: "In my art I have sought to depict motion, memory and contradiction. I am drawn to the sense of objects and space on the move, of color and shapes and lines in flux. And sometimes the connection between the shape of nature and the shape of the human gesture is an inspiration: The similarity of the tendril, the curve of the hip, the cascade, the vocabulary of posture.

"I often work with images of movement, from natural forms and phenomena: rain, floods, 'deluge,' the vortex and spill of moving water in defined spaces, whirlpools. The 'memory' is transplanting visual cues from one place/time to another, perhaps fragments of classical figures or architecture – or 'time fragments' from my own history," she said.

Paquette is the winner of numerous public art commissions. She completed an environmental installation celebrating the Millennium and Education for a Washington State “Art in Public Places” project on the campus of Bellevue Community College, and is currently creating work in glass for the new Redmond campus of Lake Washington Technical College.

She also continues to explore more processes and media, development performance-installations with her husband, clarinetist and composer William O. Smith, and teach and exhibit in Rome.

The Island Gallery is located at 400 Winslow Way E., Suite 120.



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