The Kent Arts Commission picked five winners of the most recent exhibit on Kent Creates, the web platform for sharing art, culture and creative endeavors.
The “Home” exhibit asked the community to respond to the prompt “What does home mean to you?” The exhibit was open January through March and received 33 submission, including paintings, photographs, drawings, collages, poems and dance pieces.
The commission voted on submissions and, in keeping with its commitment to pay artists for their work, the top five pieces receive $100 honorariums, according to a city media release. The winners’ work also appears on the featured carousel on the Kent Creates homepage.
The five winners from the “Home” Exhibit are:
Mary Ann Cagley “Almost Home” (encaustic photo transfer), Sheldon Ickes “Home out in the Cold” (acrylic painting), Naoko Morisawa “Memory of Home” and “Home: My Town as far as I know” (mosaic collage), and Liza Ruest “Building Blocks” (digital collage).
Cagley is a Kent-based artist working in encaustic – a medium using layers of bee’s wax. She says of her work, “I can spend hours, always amazed at how the melted wax medium and color move, merge and flow together.”
Ickes is another Kent-based artist. He is known for both drawing and painting.
Morisawa was born in Tokyo and now lives and works in Seattle. Her wood mosaics are hand-made of thousands of very small slices of natural and oil-dyed wood chips. “When seen from a distance, my artwork looks like a painting,” she says. “The details of the work and mosaic technique slowly emerge when viewers come closer.”
Ruest, a Bellevue-based artist, creates digital collage with a warm color palette and a sense of place and history. She describes her work as “multi-layered” and says “my degree in computer science, with electives in art, have come together again in this digital world.”
Kent Creates is a community of imagination and inspiration for anyone who creates or seeks to be inspired by creativity. Creative work of all kinds may be shared on KentCreates.com. Kent Creates is free to use and anyone can sign up; there is no requirement to live in Kent.