Women Painters of Washington, Glass art

The Gallery at the Park is bringing Women Painters of Washington to Richland for the featured April exhibit. The gallery is showcasing these beautiful paintings alongside glass art by Deborah Barnard.

Women Painters of Washington is an association of professional artists throughout the state. It was founded in 1930 by six female artists who wanted to empower professional women to exhibit and market their artwork, as well as to promote art appreciation in their communities.

Women Painters of Washington has had more than 1,000 members since its origination. Today, it has more than 150 members.

The exhibit at the Gallery at the Park is Women Painters of Washington’s 2018 Spring Juried Show, “Fusion.” Though all the works of art are tied together by the theme of fusion, each artist has interpreted the theme in a unique way. For instance, some have chosen to explore combined media, while others have focused on subject matter or narrative. The result is a wonderful collection of diverse paintings.

Women Painters of Washington maintains a gallery in Seattle’s Columbia Tower building. Every year, the gallery features four non-juried exhibitions, usually with about 20 members showcasing 70 different paintings. Visit the gallery at 701 5th Ave., Suite 310, in Seattle, or visit online at womenpainters.com.

Glass art

The Gallery at the Park is also featuring three-dimensional art in the form of Deborah Barnard’s fused glass. Using heat, molds and various forms of glass, Barnard is able to create spectacular works of art. Her 2018 pieces use soft, warm colors to convey the emerging warmth of springtime.

Ten years ago, Barnard opened db Studio, a small teaching facility and retail shop for glass-fusing supplies. In 2013, the size of db Studio increased sixfold, giving it the capacity for a kiln room, cold shop, sandblaster, printmaking, mold-making, a teaching ‘Fusion’ conveyed in paintings, glass at Allied Arts Gallery at the Park facility and a large retail space. The studio is located at Barnard Griffin Winery in Richland, and the website is dbstudiofusedglass.com.

The “Fusion” and fused glass exhibits will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from April 3 to April 27. The artist reception will be on April 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bethany Beard