Marianwood and artEAST exhibit showcases groups’ talents

February 21, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

Providence Marianwood and artEAST are teaming up for another art show.

By Catherine Kail-Tucker

The shows are a good way for both local institutions to promote themselves, said Liz Ashley, an artist and member of artEAST, Issaquah’s community arts center, as well as a board member at Issaquah’s Providence Marianwood skilled nursing home.

Joint ventures of Marianwood and artEAST, art showings were launched at the nonprofit nursing facility about two years ago, Ashley said. The latest runs through the end of March and features three disparate area artists.

“They are all different, but I think they compliment each other very well,” said Ashley, who curates the shows for Marianwood.

The featured artists are Michelle Sidnie Ryan, Margaret “Joyce” Van Duine and Catherine Kail-Tucker. The trio hosted an artists’ reception at Marianwood on Feb. 18.

Ryan is a self-taught Northwest artist inspired by nearly everything she sees in everyday life, according to information provided by Marianwood. Kail-Tucker works with old-style etching techniques, according to Ashley, while Van Duine paints on glass.

“What a wonderful gift to our residents to have this dynamic and eclectic creative work in our hallways,” Karla Heath, Marianwood administrator, said.

Partners in the Marianwood shows, artEAST is a nonprofit art organization operating an art center and the UP Front Gallery on Issaquah’s Front Street.

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Providence Marianwood art collection

Ashley said Marianwood residents have responded very well to previous facility shows. New art generally goes on display every two months or so. Many Marianwood residents naturally face health challenges due to age or illness, making it difficult for some to visit galleries such as that operated by artEAST.

“This is a great way of bringing art to them,” Ashley said of the shows at Marianwood.

She said the general public also been very receptive.

“The response has been great,” she said, adding the shows attract many first-time visitors to Marianwood.

During the show, a portion of proceeds from art sales goes toward supporting Marianwood programs. Go to Learn more about artEAST at

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