Joan Kohl painting exhibit opens June 1 at Mountlake Terrace Library

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“Curl Girl” by Joan Kohl

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Joan Kohl Painting Exhibit starting June 1 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.

Born in Mankato, Minnesota, Kohl was involved in the arts from an early age. As a child, she took piano and dance lessons, and taught herself how to draw. After high school, she majored in Art Education at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota and earned a masters degree at Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design in New York City.

“While my first love is drawing, I have studied painting and printmaking lately with great enthusiasm,” Kohl said. “I recently retired from teaching high school Art after 32 years. I taught drawing, painting, ceramics and IB Art. I loved teaching, but now it is fun to have time to do my own art.”

Kohl’s subject matter is bicycles. “I love the ‘graphicness’ of the frames, handlebars, and wheels,” Kohl said. “I like bikes by themselves and with riders. I get my inspiration from my drawings as well as photographs from bike magazines and books.”

Kohl lives with her husband, Gary, in Brier, Washington and is an avid gardener.

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 June 30 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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