The diverse, natural work of two local artists, Gail E. Kelley and William Mitchell, will be featured in “Abstracts of Nature” from June 15 to Aug. 27 at Pierce College’s Fine Arts Gallery.
A public reception celebrating the show and the work of its featured artists will be held at the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. Refreshments will be served. The community is encouraged to attend.
Gail E. Kelley, a Gig Harbor-based artist, has a master’s degree in ceramic sculpture. Her work reflects an intimate, personal relationship with nature and a desire to find connections between daily human life and nature.
“Most of my works are containers, the most ancient of metaphors for the human spirit,” she wrote in her artist’s statement. “My ceramic forms explore the flow of materials and objects through a natural process of transformation.”
Photographer William Mitchell is sharing eight photos that “exhibit real objects in the natural world.” The photos are more abstract, in that they combine form, shape, color, and line to create interest without directly referencing the objects depicted, Mitchell explained.
Mitchell’s work has been shown throughout the northwest and has been published in national advertising campaigns, textbooks, brochures, Backpacker Magazine, and local publications.
The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Olympic building at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Admission is always free.
For more information, call Gallery Director Jennifer Olson-Rudenko at (253) 964-6535 or visit the Web site at www.pierce.ctc.edu/art.