Janis Graves Exhibit Opens May 1

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The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Janis Graves Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Avenue West. The exhibit will feature pastels by local artist, Janis Graves.

Graves, a native of Washington State, fell in love with colors and textures from the moment her father showed her the nuances of color in a dog-eared coloring book. She never lost interest in trying to capture the superlative beauty in her everyday world.

Pastels became a special love. She has worked in both acrylic and oil, and still enjoys both mediums, but has found nothing more immediate or vibrant as pastels.

In the development of her skills, Graves has taken classes at the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts. She has attended workshops with a wealth of well- known artists such as Ned Mueller, Richard McKinley, Bill Hosner, Jennifer Deihl and Susan Oglvie.

Graves is a member of Artists Connect, Women Painters of Washington and a signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society. She has exhibited her works in several galleries such as the American Art Company, Tacoma, Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, Clymer Museum of Art, Ellensburg and Wild Horse Gallery, Bellingham. Graves was selected as a juror for the 2009 Arts of the Terrace.

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 May 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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