The city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2018 will present the work of Janet Berthon through July 3.
Her showing, titled “Exploring Art and Media,” is sponsored jointly by the city and 4Culture of King County.
Berthon, who is well known in Enumclaw art circles, has experimented with painting, drawing, sculpture, fabric art and more. She explores new media and techniques on a regular basis. Some of her earlier works include stone-carved birds and watercolor florals.
She is a house artist and volunteer at the local Arts Alive Gallery on Enumclaw’s Cole Street. As vice-chair of the Enumclaw Arts Commission she is involved in the city’s art interests.
She is hosting a community reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the gallery.
“I have had a lifelong fascination with the arts,” Berthon wrote. “During my teaching career, I realized my favorite subject to teach my elementary students was art.”
She studied at the University of Washington, earning a master’s degree in elementary education, with an emphasis in art. This allowed her to explore a wide range of arts and crafts mediums, techniques and methods.
“My philosophy was, busy hands are happy hands,” she wrote. “Much of my curriculum was craft-based. We explored all mediums, collage, wire sculpture, ceramics, batik, weaving, and we used plaster of Paris strips to make face masks and, of course, we did some drawing and painting in watercolor and acrylic.”
Following retirement from teaching, she joined classes offered by the Frye Art Museum, learning to draw and paint with oils and watercolor, slump glass and carve stone. She also studied stone carving at the Prat Fine Arts Center in Seattle.
Berthon has exhibited sculpture and painting at Art in the Garden, Enumclaw Art Walks, Arts Alive, the city of Enumclaw exhibit space, and at the King County Fair BaseCamp exhibit from 2003-09.
Gallery 2018 is found in the Council Chambers at Enumclaw City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.