October library exhibit: April Richardson

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Cliff Swallows II by April Richardson

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the April Richardson Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., during the month of October. The exhibit features mixed media monotypes by local artist and Art Advisory Commission member April Richardson, who combines painting, printmaking, and collage to make beautiful pictures that urges one to notice and appreciate the natural world.

Richardsonís background in graphic design and publications led her to a career as an artist. Her mixed media monotypes have been seen in numerous locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and beyond. She uses oil-based etching ink on paper to make large mixed media monotypes, unique prints, then applying thin layers of ink and paper, scraping or tearing it away, then finally rebuilding layer after layer to achieve depth. Very often, leaves or flowers are pressed directly into the surface. Paint and other surface treatments transform a print to a complex and evocative painting. Finished pieces may be matted and framed or, mounted directly on prepared canvas.

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 through October 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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