‘Rain People’ coming to Bellewood

August 6, 2013

By Kristine Kim

Providence Point hosts renowned Northwest artist John Ebner

Artist John Ebner — a Northwest native known for his rain people — will be coming to Bellewood Aug. 10.

Lynn Adams, program coordinator at Bellewood, helped organize the event. She coaches a colony of artists at the residence. After her colony jumped at the opportunity to meet Ebner, of Camano Island, at a recent event in Factoria, Adams thought it would be a great idea to invite the Rain People artist to Issaquah.

By John Ebner John Ebner’s signature ‘rain people’ walk in Pike Place Market in his painting titled ‘Public Market Center.’

By John Ebner
John Ebner’s signature ‘rain people’ walk in Pike Place Market in his painting titled ‘Public Market Center.’

“I am so impressed with his work,” said Adams, a fan of Ebner’s watercolors since her teen years. “He captures the Northwest in a way that’s sentimental. It brings you to that place.”

With his paintings of the iconic Pike Place Market and Deception Pass, Ebner captures the colors and atmospheres of the Pacific Northwest. His paintings explode with purples, pinks, greens and blues, bringing out elements of the northwest.

“I love meeting my collectors and my customers who always become friends,” Ebner said.

He added that events like these provide him more exposure as an artist, and connect him with other aspiring artists.

“I love to give guidance to up and coming artists and pass on some of the things that I’ve learned over the 40 years I’ve been painting,” he said.

This is something the Bellewood colony looks forward to seeing. Herbert Lyons, 83, is an admirer of Ebner. He grew interested in art a number of years ago, but it was not until he came to Bellewood that he was able to let that curiosity flourish. Now, he shares art with his son and granddaughters.

“I’ve got about a million questions for him,” Lyons said.

Lyons gave examples, like, “Why make a hard edge at the top of the cloud?” referring to one of Ebner’s paintings. “How does Ebner get the colors he wants?” and “What does his painter’s pallet look like?”

Adams encourages all Issaquah community members to attend the event, which she hopes is the first of many more art shows to come.

“Everybody can embrace creativity and art,” she said.

Paintings and prints will be available to purchase. Attendees can win an 8-inch by 10-inch art tile of one of Ebner’s pieces. The event will also provide Pacific Northwest foods including crab cakes, smoked salmon canapés and artisan cheeses.

If you go

  • Meet premier Northwest artist John Ebner411:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
  • Aug. 10
  • Bellewood, 3710
  • Providence Pt. Drive S.E.

Food available, including crab cakes and artisan cheeses

Learn more at www.johnebner.com.

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