The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by Encaustic Artist, Salyna Gracie and Photographer, Leslie Klahn. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm
On display May 14 – June 22, 2019
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 16, 5-7pm
Salyna Gracie | www.salynagracie.com
Salyna Gracie is a mixed-media encaustic artist exploring movement, language and visual symbols that reveal the universal experience woven through the deeply personal terrain of inner truth. The layering of materials often evokes dreamscapes that are at once mystical and confessional, exploring questions of identity, memory, legacy and inheritance.
Maps are a recurring foundational element in Salyna’s work, illustrating the Greek concept of Sympatheia, the idea that all life is reunited with the Earth and we are all part of the same energy. Salyna’s most recent works feature botanical studies and birdsong which further explores her heartfelt belief that the universe is an indivisible, unified living organism endlessly created anew.
Her art continues to evolve as she combines encaustic, printmaking techniques, collage, painting, bookbinding and beadwork. Mounted on simple wooden panels, each work transcends its humble materials to become, for her, a living altar of spirit.
Salyna has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions around the Pacific Northwest since 2011. Her work has been published in art books, as well as, poetry anthologies. Salyna is the current director at BRIO Art Center in Bellevue, where she is developing a multi-faceted center for the arts featuring art-making, artist education, and a super cool gallery.
Leslie Klahn is a visual artist who enjoys many different mediums including painting, photography, printmaking and three-dimensional assemblages. After graduating from Cornish College of the Arts she studied under many working Seattle artists at Pratt Fine Arts Center as well as the Photographic Center Northwest.
Leslie taught art for many years for King County’s Department of Parks and Recreation as well as for the City of Shoreline. She was also an Artist in Residence at Shoreline High School and Briarcrest Elementary School. Her art has received numerous awards at the Shoreline Festival’s Juried Art Shows.
Leslie’s current interest focuses on wood, trees, and the infinite patterns found in tree bark. She has traveled to distant locations to find many fascinating variations. Some bark is engraved by beetles while another tree’s bark grows long luxurious green hair. Another tree has lost it’s bark
to the ocean and shows patterns of curves and swirls.