Erica Peto’s, ‘Cathedral Tree,’ a colored pencil drawing. COURTESY GRAPHIC, city of Kent

Erica Peto’s, ‘Cathedral Tree,’ a colored pencil drawing. COURTESY GRAPHIC, city of Kent

Four artists win Kent Creates Exhibit

Contest run by Kent Arts Commission

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:48pm
  • Life

Four artists were picked by the Kent Arts Commission as winners of the most recent exhibit on Kent Creates, the web platform for sharing art, culture and creative endeavors.

The “Lighting Up the Dark” exhibit asked the community to gain inspiration from longer days, shorter nights and the juxtaposition of darkness and light. The exhibit was open January through March and received 37 submissions, including paintings, photographs, drawings and more.

The commission voted on submissions and, in keeping with the commission’s commitment to pay artists for their work, the top five pieces receive $200 honorariums. The winners’ work also appears on the featured carousel at kentcreates.com.

The five winners are:

John Clark Gleasen “Southwest Chiaroscuro” (painting); Erica Peto “Light and Dark Flower” (photograph) and “Cathedral Tree” (colored pencil drawing); Liz Ruest “Bramble” (digital collage) and Ken Morris “Good Morning!” (photograph).

Gleasen is a Seattle native and a painter. He was formerly a glass and metals artist, and has been painting for several years now. Peto, a Kent teacher by day, artist by night (and weekends and holidays), loves to paint, draw, draw digitally into her computer, do scratchboard and sew quilts.

Ruest creates digital collage with a warm color palette and a sense of place and history. She has been soaking up the landscape in the Puget Sound region since 1989. Morris loves simplicity with color. He works with different mediums, including mixed media, collage, wood, sumi, and photography, as well as public art projects in the greater Seattle area.

Kent Creates is free to use and anyone can sign up; there is no requirement to live in Kent.


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