James McFarlane watercolor exhibit opens at library May 1

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"Red Umbrella 2" by James McFarlane

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission is presenting the James McFarlane Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W. “My painting and prints are inspired by the northwest landscape and impressions of urban life,” said watercolor artist James McFarlane. His favorite media include watercolor, pen and ink, block printing and photography.

Originally from Tacoma and Gig Harbor, McFarlane has been a resident of Seattle for 40 years. Currently, he is a freelance artist with HOPE Publishing of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to freelancing, McFarlane worked at both Seattle daily newspapers as a news artist and graphic designer. He is an associate member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

McFarlane attended Seattle’s Burnley School of Art in the 1970s, where he studied with Director Jess Cauthorn, who was a great advocate and teacher of watercolor painting. Richard Kirsten Diaensai, former Seattle Post- Intelligencer Art Director, was also a major influence on McFarlane’s work. He also attended classes at the School of Visual Concepts led by Dick and Cherry Brown.

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission oversees the library exhibits as part of its mission to promote cultural events in the community.

The show runs May 1-31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

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