Issaquah’s art is on display at Providence Marianwood

October 12, 2010

By Laura Geggel

What makes a city? About one dozen artists asked themselves the question in preparation for an artEAST show at Providence Marianwood that runs through Nov. 29.

Katya Palladina responded with the photograph of a glass Tokyo skyscraper reflecting sunlight, while Carol Ross painted a woman driving a moped on a newspaper canvas.

Carol Ross’ piece, ‘Commuting,’ will be on display at Providence Marianwood through November. Contributed

Some of the paintings have already debuted at the Collective Works Gallery, the showroom adjacent to the UP Front gallery in downtown Issaquah. Sammamish resident Janice King thought of the theme “What Makes A City” for a show in August.

She said the evolution of Sammamish inspired her.

“Sammamish is a new city and there has been so much discussion here about how we grow up as a city, what kinds of resources do we need,” she said.

She submitted a quilt exhibiting trees and homes, which highlights “the importance of keeping old-growth trees, even in the face of new development,” she said.

Other artists used the media of paint, photography, collage, glass, fiber and clay in their submissions.

The show traveled to Providence Marianwood thanks to Issaquah resident Liz Ashley, whose mother lives at Marianwood, a nursing, rehabilitative and end-of-life care facility. When Ashley joined the board at Marianwood, she decided to combine it with her love for art.

“We have such a great place at Marianwood for showing art,” she said.

Ashley is a member of artEAST, a nonprofit group of artists who sell and show art, as well as teach art classes. She brought the first artEAST show to Marianwood in April.

“What Makes a City” is Marianwood’s fourth artEAST show.

“We consider it a satellite gallery for artEAST, in a way,” Ashley said.

ArtEAST invited more artists to apply for the second “What Makes A City” show. A jury of artists decided which pieces would participate in the Marianwood exhibit.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be donated to support the residents and programs of Providence Marianwood. Artwork is priced between $150 and $800, with most pieces in the $300 range.

Arlene Carter, executive director of the Providence Marianwood Foundation, said the proceeds would pay for art and music programs at Marianwood, including hymn singing, musical movement, visiting musicians and sketching, watercolor and oil painting lessons.

Research shows that dementia patients benefit from music, especially if they are singing old songs they remember, Carter said.

One of Marianwood’s own contributed to the art show. Chaplain Johann Neethling painted a church aglow before a rocky azure stream. In the background, downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier bask in the light from above.

Neethling, from South Africa, said this was the first time he has displayed his art in public. He used inspiration from scripture for his painting, he said.

“It’s encouraging to get positive feedback from people,” Neethling said. “I’m very grateful to God for a gift from him, to be able to visualize and see things.”

He and the other artists will talk about their paintings with the public at a free reception sponsored by Mr J Culinary Essentials, of Bellevue.

Carter invited the public to see the show at the reception, or whenever they are in the area. The art provoked her senses, especially Neethling’s painting, she said.

“When I looked at it, it touched my heart,” she said. “The church and waterfall — I told him I want to go to that church.”

If you go

ArtEAST, meet the artists reception

– 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 20

– Providence Marianwood

– 3725 Providence Point Drive S.E.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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