By: Hailey Way
U.W. News Lab
Residents and people new to Normandy Park, attended an art display exhibiting multiple forms of visual presentations last Thursday, July 18th. The exhibit was tucked away in, the now vacant, Old Liquor Store at Manhattan Village. An array of metal sculptures were scattered throughout the room. Along the perimeter, there was an assortment of ink illustrations, acrylic paintings, watercolors and sketches.
This the first year the Normandy Park Arts Commission has put on an eye-fetching showcase open to the public. Raymond Street, Yancy Way, Paula Odor, Don Liljar and Annastasia Mackal were the celebrated artists.
“As long as there’s people who want to attend, we will continue to do this,” said Amber Nichol, arts commission member.
Every work stimulated the senses, provoking questions to whether there was an intriguing back-story that lead to a particular work. Musician and instrument repairman Don Liljar took his craft into sculpting using various sheet and scrap metal. Though he passed away in 2008, his family members were in attendance and happy to share his work with observers.
Bob Frey of the arts commission, said he favored another artist, Paula Odor’s attention to detail in her pencil etchings. Odor’s collection included a variety of naturalistic perspectives. Paula’s niece, Dina Benedetti said she was really into bringing nature to life and that each piece is intricate. Not only did Odor draw her surroundings, but also she brought them to life in calming watercolors paintings.
On the other side of the studio, Raymond Street arranged a contrastive set of paintings. He uses acrylics and sometimes spray paints.
“I’m actually new to painting, but my imagination has always been there from poetry,” said Raymond Street.
I asked him the loaded question many artists receive, in relation to how their creative process manifests into visual representation.
“There is a part of humanity that’s so important, but we bury it,” he said. “Under representation and deep emotional issues that we don’t discuss are feared. Let’s talk about it rather than not.”
Next to Street’s compilation, Annastasia Mackal’s display “Shadowboxes” presented an assortment of sketches, photography, and sculptures all framed within a dark drapery. There was even a stoic portrait of X-Files Agent Scully in the mix.
“I’m pretty happy with the turnout; I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Nichol.
I asked Frey if this event would be the first of many for the Normandy Park Arts Commission.
“Probably, but we don’t know yet. This space is an open ticket right now.”
Top Photo) An etching by Paula Odor
Photo 1) One of Don Liljar’s metal sculptures
Photo 2) Annastasia Mackal’s “Shadowboxes”
Photo 4) Raymond Street’s “Crow Friends”
(HAILEY WAY is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)