A New Exhibition of Artwork On View Now in the Windows of the Goldberg Building, Downtown Olympia


Submitted by Olympia Downtown Alliance

Olympia Artspace Alliance announces “Walk this Way,” – a new exhibition of artwork by local artists on view now through June 30, 2022, in the windows of the Goldberg Building at Capitol Way and Fourth Avenue, downtown Olympia. The community is invited to the Opening Event – Artist Talk & Reception, Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 5 pm at the Goldberg Building and at the Cider Barrel. Learn more here.

The exhibition features work from Diana Fairbanks, Elizabeth Berrien, Bridget Joan, Rose Metting and Susan Parish.

The Olympia Artspace Alliance invited Olympia-area artists to propose artwork responding to the theme, “Walk this Way,” such as reflecting maps, exploration, vision, gathering, and new directions. A jury selected artists for the exhibition based on work that was innovative and that would capture the attention of people walking through the streets of downtown Olympia; responsive to the space and the scale of the site; and content suitable for the general public.

Elizabeth Berrien and Diana Fairbanks installed sculptures and paintings depicting how wildlife ‘Walks This Way’ across Washington’s lands. Berrien is a world-renown wire artist with two- and three-dimensional work including animals, wild and domestic.

Diana Fairbanks paints in oils and will be sharing works from her “The Rivers of Washington Project” which she has been developing for the last decade. The paintings range from 5’x6’ to 6’x8’ and depict iconic views of Washington’s most significant rivers.

Bridget Joan created a custom skyscape of copper, brass, resin and wood. “I love to experiment and explore with the interactive balance between light and color. There is magic in how it’s forever moving, shifting, and changing. My focus is on how my art is experienced and perceived, not just the visual appeal of the piece itself. I believe this creates a unique and special moment each time a piece is viewed,” she said.

Rose Metting created a mixed media piece of puppets “walking” towards each other – representing youth and old age, with the sun, moon and stars hanging above.

Explains Metting, “There are myriad ways to interpret the puppets: New ideas, wisdom. Younger generation, older generation. The inner child within the adult. A young person about to embark on a new adventure, or coming back from one, still connecting with their elder either way.”

This installation by Susan Parish features images of this location from the 1870s through the 1970s. Susan Parish is a well-known local photojournalist, writer and editor who has contributed to numerous local newspapers and regional projects. “Passing art and history along to other generations in a way that only the Visual Display can accomplish.”

The community is invited to the Opening Event – Artist Talk & Reception
Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 5 p.m.
Artist Talk at The Goldberg Building
Reception to follow at The Cider Barrel
168 4th Avenue W, Olympia.

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