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'Washington Wild' at Gallery North


Last updated 2/4/2021 at 8:46am

"Mount Rainier, Sunset Amphitheater," Ben Groff

Gallery North's February featured exhibit is "Washington Wild" by oil painter Ben Groff and clay sculptor Cyndi Brown. Groff's landscapes center on the Cascades Mountain's remote mountain areas, while Brown's midsize figures showcase the indigenous fauna of Washington state.

Groff is a realist painter focusing on mountain landscapes and other natural scenes.

"Realism must never be an end in itself," he said. "Rather, the brush must adapt itself to the object and the object to the brush so that a deeper sense of the reality of the scene can emerge. Above all, I seek to work with heightened color and light to express the spiritual essence that I find in that sudden, transitory moment of illumination the image contains, making it permanent."

Brown is a lifelong artist and new Edmonds resident who said six years ago she stumbled across and discovered clay sculpting.

"My process of creating sculpture is very organic," she said. "I allow the element of chance to influence the final posture and attitude of each of my sculptures. My deep admiration and fascination with the unique beauty, dignity and humor of all animals is the inspiration for my work. I celebrate the special affinity between humans and animals through the creation of my sculptures, and hope that you enjoy them."

Gallery North is at 401 Main St., Edmonds.


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