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Plein Air Views of Washington Brings the Outdoors In

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

- Written by Sally Vermillion, SPACE Volunteer

You don't have to be skilled in the art of persuasion to convince a Washingtonian that their state rocks! The rich tapestry of its vivacious urban spaces, natural environments, historic maritime and agricultural presences all coalesce to form the familiar backdrop to our everyday lives. Lest we grow too accustomed to the many hidden gems of our state - the sublime cast by a sun setting behind the Olympic mountain range, Methow snow melt cascading over boulders, a hardworking tugboat towing an enormous tanker through Puget Sound, the dynamic Seattle skyline framed by lake and cloud, a Skagit tulip field in bloom - Magnuson Park Gallery is showcasing our state's multifaceted personalities in a new exhibit, Plein Air Views of Washington.

For the next two weeks, until July 22nd, you can experience (yes, celebrate!) Washington State in scenes painted by 34 artists, and be reminded by the people and places, sea and sky, boats and bridges depicted, of your favorite places in this singular state we call home. From the 46 paintings on exhibit, a sense of place emerges as you imagine breathing salt air, listening to a stream tumble over mossy rocks, tasting peppery nasturtium petals and feeling the roughness of tough cedar bark, So don't be surprised if, as you leave, you utter a rousing cheer for our great state!

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