Issaquah artist featured in Bellevue show

August 24, 2010

By Kirsten Johnson

Anita Feng, an Issaquah-based artist, is taking part in the first Art in the Garden held at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

The event is Aug. 28-29. Twenty Northwest artists, including Feng, will showcase their work. As a fun twist, visitors will be issued “passports” as they hunt for artists’ pieces hidden around the gardens.

As well as being on display, plenty of art will be available to purchase.

Feng specializes in Raku Buddha art. In her artwork, she combines her love of pottery and ceramics with Zen meditation, an interest that she has practiced extensively for 30 years.“I thought that it would be fun, interesting and inspiring to try to create these iconic images of peacefulness and tranquility into something more Western taste,” Feng said. “Stylistically, the work draws some from the East but also has inventive, modern style.”

Her work would be an ideal addition to a home garden and for anyone looking for unique art pieces to add color and vibrancy to their home.

“I use a kind of pottery process that involves a very dramatic firing that brings out very brilliant, iridescent colors,” Feng said. “I do specialize in Buddha and other figures that suggest tranquility and are suitable for gardens.”

Feng said she believes anyone would find it highly beneficial to attend the show.

“In the busyness of our daily lives, I think we put off things like taking a walk through a beautiful garden,” Feng said. “This venue is quite extensive and tucked away in a spot in Bellevue that most people may not have ever been to. Just as a source of exploration and wonder, it would be a very nice outing for a family.”

Admission to the event is free. The doors will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day.

“This is a way to walk among a wide variety of artists and enjoy an open display,” Feng said. “You can be sure that nothing you see there will be found in any department store.”

On the Web
Learn more about Feng’s art at www.anitafeng.com.

Kirsten Johnson: 392-6434 or isspress@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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