KAC and Design Within Reach collaborate for Art Walk

Kirkland Arts Center and Design Within Reach (DWR) present an exhibition of new ceramic sculptures by KAC member Becky Fukuda.

This exhibition is the first collaboration between KAC and DWR that pairs contemporary art with contemporary furniture.

Running October 13 through 16, this exhibit opens in conjunction with the Kirkland Gallery Association's Art Walk. The artist reception will be from 6-9 p.m. October 13.

Presented in the downtown Kirkland Design Within Reach studio, this exhibit features Fukuda's expertly crafted ceramic vessels. Fukuda's minimalist glazing calls attention to the beauty of the containers' form and function.

In combining Fukuda's sculptures with contemporary furniture, Kirkland Arts Center and Design Within Reach explore the possibilities of presenting art with design.

pARTners exhibition links art and love

Kirkland Arts Center is presents pARTners, an exhibition that explores how romantic partnerships influence the artmaking process. The exhibit runs from October 14 to November 16, with the artist reception October 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Whether nurturing each other's endeavors, or serving as the niggling impetus to action, artists who are romantically involved have a unique relationship that controls the creative process. Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner all played significant roles in their partner's creativity. Curated by Deborah Paine, pARTners features artwork by artist couples from the Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally renowned artists. This exhibition explores the different aspects in the creative dynamic that each relationship has.

Some artists work independent of their significant others like Elizabeth Sandvig and Michael Spafford, Sherry Markovitz and Peter Millet, Deborah Butterfield and John Buck, and Jacob Lawrence and Gwen Knight. While others like Valeriy Gerlovin and Rimma Gerlovina, and Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace work in intense collaboration.

Whether working in Seattle or on an international scale, living or dead, gay or straight, the couples featured in pARTners all influence each other as individual artists. The exhibition dishes up a visual primer on the impact of relationships.

Deborah Paine owns and operates Deborah Paine Fine Art Services, which provides art consulting to art collectors and businesses.

The Kirkland Arts Center is at the corner of 7th Avenue and Market Street. For more information, call 822-7161 or visit www.kirklandartscenter.org.

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