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Plateau galleries feature updated exhibits

Audrey Josias’ pottery and Lindgren’s bookbinding are May’s featured artwork at the  city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2009 and in Green River Community College’s Enumclaw branch gallery. - Photos courtesy Gary LaTurner
Audrey Josias’ pottery and Lindgren’s bookbinding are May’s featured artwork at the city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2009 and in Green River Community College’s Enumclaw branch gallery.
— image credit: Photos courtesy Gary LaTurner

Green River Community College Enumclaw and Enumclaw City Hall will feature local ceramic artist Audrey Josias’ “Creating with Clay” and Mitzi Lindgren’s “Exploring Boundaries.”

Josias’ work will be on display through July 1 at City Hall. According to Enumclaw Cultural Programs Manager Gary La Turner, Josias is a master of hand-built pottery, creating fantasy pieces of various kinds, masks, buildings and an assortment of colorful and well-executed clay forms.

“I began working with clay in 1986, hoping to have fun and to master wheel throwing,” Josias said. “Over the years, I realized that my joy lay more in hand-building in order to capture less structured forms. In some pieces, I try to create whimsy; in others I try to find innovative ways to use glass in conjunction with the clay. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail. But my true satisfaction comes from the adventure of the creative process. I seem to express myself best when working with my hands, be it massaging a patient, cuddling a baby, cooking or playing with mud.”

An artist reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at City Hall. All are invited to drop by to meet the artist and see her work. Photographer Mike Dilbeck will also be at City Hall to show off his gallery exhibit.

City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lindgren’s work will be on display at Green River Community College’s Enumclaw campus through Sept. 1.

Lindgren is a bookbinder, letterpress printer and artist. A graduate of Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design production/printing, she combines her love of bookbinding, printing and surface design to create one-of-a-kind artist books as well as edition bindings.

LaTurner said Lindgren enjoys learning, teaching and sharing. She is constantly exploring new materials and techniques. In her workshops, she teaches a wide variety of book structures and bindings. When working with elementary students in the classroom, she designs projects that tie into the current curriculum, covering the history of the binding and printing methods used.

Her work has been shown in both juried and invitational exhibits throughout the Northwest and has been published in “The Art and Craft of Handmade Books.”

Diane Anderson, director of the Green River Community College Enumclaw campus, and LaTurner worked collaboratively to create this Green River Gallery exhibit entitled “Testing Boundaries.” The gallery is open during the quarter from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between quarters from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, regarding either exhibit, call 360-802-0239.

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