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Art Reception at Gig Harbor Campus

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Image used by permission of Dorothy McCuistion.

Friday, October 18, 2013 – A reception for Dorothy McCuistion, whose art is currently on display at the Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College, will be held at the Gig Harbor campus from 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 23.The exhibit, “Old Friends in a New Place,” will be on display through Dec. 10, 2013. Regular exhibit hours are M-Th 8 a.m. – 9p.m. and F. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

McCuistion received her B.A. in Fine Art from Humbolt State University, and focused initially on fiber arts. Starting in the late 1980s, she worked as an arts administrator in both the public and private sectors. She was a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission, and is one of the founders of Tacoma’s School of the Arts (SOTA).

Recently retired from administrative work, McCuistion currently works in art forms including monotype printmaking and painting in watercolor, acrylic and encaustic.  Her artist’s statement makes it clear that her art is informed by the natural world:

“The natural world is my inspiration. Every time I begin a painting I am eager to discover what happens when blue and red are mixed together. I anticipate the swallows each spring as they swoop through the air on the first day of their migratory return. I observe and paint the garden teeming with the diversity of life. I am still making discoveries about interpreting plants and animals through paint and color, a process that is continually evolving.

I love gardening, hiking and bird watching, which are strongly evidenced in the bird artworks. While the conservation of wildlife habitat is very important to me, these artworks are not intended as political statements.”

More information about McCuistion’s art is posted here.

For additional information, please contact:
Rachel Payne
Communications Consultant
Phone: 253.460.4381


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