Sunday, October 26, 2014


The Forbidden City:
Inside the Court of China's Emperors

October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery

Friday, October 24, 2014

On November 1, 2014, the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley Community College will open the 59th Annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition.  83 artworks were chosen by guest juror Michael D’Alessandro;  created by 53 artists from Yakima, Benton, Kittitas, and Walla Walla counties.  The chosen pieces are in a variety of media including acrylic, ceramic, watercolor, glass, jewelry, monoprint, collage, fiber, oil, photography, ink, charcoal, enamel, metals, mixed media, and wood.   The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, November 1, from 3-5pm.  Admission to the reception and exhibit is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will continue through December 6, 2014.

83 artists throughout the central Washington region submitted 211 pieces of artwork for this year’s juried exhibition.  Michael D’Alessandro, the juror for this year’s show is the new, and first, executive director of the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, Washington.  Michael earned his MFA in creative writing at Naropa University and then moved into a career in arts publications after a dozen years as an architect. He served as Community Resource Coordinator and Development Assistant for the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, a non-profit arts organization specializing in resources for writers, publishers, artists and printers. He has taught creative writing and letterpress printing at the college level and has also worked at the Froelick Gallery in Portland.

At 4pm, during the opening reception, 19 awards will be presented totaling $4,120.  Awards sponsors include Shields Bag & Printing, Larson Gallery Guild, Kurt & Melissa Labberton, Heritage University, Peggy Lewis, Leo Adams, Allied Arts, Baha’i Faith of Yakima, Marcia Blevins, Gasperetti’s, YVCC President’s Award, Delma Tayer, Rob & Michelle Wyles, Yakima Valley Society of Artists, Jeffrey Reynolds, Bruce Simpson & Denali Granholm, Bob Villbrandt, and Oak Hollow.  This exhibition is also made possible through the generous support from Shields Bag & Printing, Christian & Janet Schlect, Heritage University, and Memorial Hospital & Memorial Physicians.


This year’s accepts artists are Karen Allen, Deborah Ann, Gary Bailey, Janice L. Baker, Becky Blair, Margaret Cato, Mindy Clark, Darwin Davis, Judith A. Dilley, Erik Dodge, Rachel Dorn, Eve Draper, Dena Elzie, Robert A. Fisher, Carol Fletcher, W.D. Frank, Laura Gable, Justin Gibbens, Terri Grant, David Hagen, Cheryl H. Hahn, T.A. Harris, Carol Hassen, Mike Hiler, Judy Hurcomb, Anne Hysell, Jerry Johnson, Kathryn Kaye, Eunsil Kim, McKenzie Lakey, Judith Markham, Kelly McKnight, Kristen Michael, Gary Miller, Pat & Karen Miller, Matt Morgan, Richard Nicksic, Jackie Niemi, Jan Nilsson, April Ottey, Julie Prather, Jackie Prout, Jeffrey M. Reynolds, Joseph Schliesman, Gayle Scholl, Penn O. Shelton, Shari Stoddard, Katherine Sylvan, Delma Tayer, Harry Thompson, Barbara Thrall, Thelma Triplett, and Sandra Westford

Thursday, October 23, 2014


 Tom Hausken: in media res 
OPENING RECEPTION: WED, OCT 29, 2014 5:30-7:30 PM 
Free and open to the public always 
EXHIBITION DATES: OCTOBER 24 – DECEMBER 7, 2014 

Gallery hours: TH & F 12-6 pm, SA 1-4 pm or by appointment 

YAKIMA, Washington – September 26, 2014 – Tom Hausken: in media res, will mark the first solo-artist exhibition in the main gallery of the Yakima Light Project Gallery at The Seasons Performance Hall in downtown Yakima, Washington. Inspired by the natural light of the Yakima Valley and the writing of revered Yakima native, Raymond Carver, Hausken’s new paintings explore the beauty of the area and investigate the depths of the artist’s emotions. 

A recent transplant to the Yakima area, Hausken brings his experience of 25 years of painting professionally in New York, NY and Seattle, WA to the Yakima Valley. Two years into his new life in Yakima, Hausken has found a new palette that has been influenced directly by living here and watching light in nature change with each passing sunrise and sunset. Combined with his long refined techniques of layering coats of paints and lacquers, the influence of the new color palette has pushed his artwork to new boundaries. 


Hausken’s process involves starting paintings on large pieces of artist-board. Inspired by words, phrases, and paragraphs taken directly from the writings of Raymond Carver, Hausken applies paints that drip freely or build rich surfaces. This language of texture is a personal one for the artist. The layers and subsequent scraping of dried paint tell a story that is not universally deciphered by all who stand in front of his paintings. The simplicity of the shapes and forms he paints allow viewers to get lost in thought. As paintings evolve on the studio walls, the artist often rotates a painting to make drips run horizontally. With other paintings, Hausken will cut a large painting into many smaller panels - creating new compositions and completed works of art.