The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Katya Minkina Painting Exhibit starting Jan. 2 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.
The exhibit features paintings by local artist Katya Minkina, who was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. Growing up among her mom’s paintings, she spent a lot of time drawing. At the age of seven, Minkina started attending an evening art school for children where she studied the fundamentals of drawing, painting and composition for the next nine years.
In later years, Minkina could not keep up the same art-intensive routine while preparing for a career in linguistics and teaching language. The longing for painting and drawing never quite went away. Minkina settled in Hyderabad, India, where for five years she taught French in an international school.
Minkina’s move to Seattle in 2008 prompted her return to drawing and painting. She discovered life drawing at Gage Academy of Art, and the open studio provided her with a much-needed practice to reanimate and hone her drawing skills. In the course of the next few years, she stuck to the disciplined schedule of a studio monitor to be able to attend as many figure-drawing sessions as she could. Slowly, drawing yielded a transition to painting. Minkina remains fascinated with her primary source of inspiration, which is figurative art. On occasion, she turns to still life painting or urban scenes. Recently attempted plein air studies have instilled in her a true admiration of this genre.
As of 2014, Minkina lives and works in Mountlake Terrace where she shares a spacious art studio with another talented artist. If you would like to arrange a studio visit, please contact her by email: [email protected]
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 January 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.