“Botanical Exuberance: Trees & Flowers in Northwest Art” is showing at Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue. The show begins with 19th and early 20th century paintings by Tacoma’s Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943). Her paintings were so highly regarded that she was commissioned to paint four landscapes that were used as travel posters for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railway. From the 19th century through today, local artists have used floral and tree motifs in their work in various mediums. Many artists of yesteryear who made their reputations glorifying the beauty of our area are included in the exhibition..Shown: Glen Alps, Hollyhocks, 1958, Serigraph, Private Collection.
The Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., celebrates “Flowers & Gardens, Indoors and Out” through May 15. The group show highlights some of the gallery’s versatile painters who capture flowers and gardens, both in landscape paintings and in still life. During the Edmonds Art Walk the gallery will serve champagne, light dessert bites and offer entertainment by Gypsy Folk and Jazz from the Toka Ensemble.
Gallery North’s featured exhibit is “Moment & Eternity”, an exhibit of photography and oil paintings by award-winning artist Wei Chen. Well-known for her painterly photography, this artist uses an unusual technique to convey a very personal feeling of nostalgia in her work. Wei Chen uses light as paint and the camera as her brush to create surrealistic, in-camera images, in contrast to the traditional use of photography for realistic representation. Shown: Ocean Nocturne XXI. The gallery is located 401 Main Street.