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Holiday Small Works Exhibition & Sale

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17, 12:00 – 4:00 P.M.











Friday, October 12, 6-8 P.M. Opening Reception






September 27, 6-8 P.M. Opening Reception 

Artist from top to bottom: Ashwini Sadekar, Tenaya Sims, Cynthia Wessling


In art, representation is an extremely elastic notion. It can extend from a stone representing a man to the hyper-realistic rendering of the sitter’s likeness. In other words, representation is the way of recording—through a medium such as graphite, pigments mixed with a solvent, or clay—sensory information about an observable object or experience: flowers and game, a landscape, an atmospheric event, or the countenance of a person. 

Although based on observation, representational works can either be very faithful to the object observed, or express more simply a selection of the visual information as in the approach of abstraction, and not embody the need to be retinally true to life. A flower does not have to be portrayed in its living color or bloom, yet its picture, to be recognized as such, must present or symbolize elements relatable to its being a flower – be it the burst of color, the shape of its corolla, or other aspects.

There is vitality and freedom of inspiration in the play between these two ways of seeing and representing what is being observed. 

The exhibition Departure/Arrival presents a selection of works by Gage Academy of Art’s renowned Atelier Program instructors, as well as their students and alumni. Juliette Aristides, Gary Faigin, Geoff Flack, Mark Kang O’Higgins, Mike Magrath, Tenaya Sims, and Kimberly Trowbridge build year-after-year a nurturing relationship with their students, offering them through mentorship a point of departure from which to observe, explore and interpret the nature and culture in which we live.

The works in Departure/Arrival address the breadth of creativity that representation offers to the artists willing to engage with the interplay between observation and imagination, whether as point of departure for their inspiration or as a point of arrival for the viewer’s experience of the work. 

Cornish Playhouse is located at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street. 
Departure/Arrival will be on display from September 10 to November 5. 
The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception to be held on September 27, 6-8 P.M.

Exhibiting Artists:

Juliette Aristides
Mark Kang-O’Higgins
Geoff Flack
Tenaya Sims
Kimberly Trowbridge
Mike Magrath
Gary Faigin

Jonathan Hodge
Nathan Brutzman
Cynthia Wessling
Mariana Burceag
Christopher Remmers
Riley Doyle
Kevin Cosley
Ashwini Sadekar
Nancy Bocek
Jeremias Lentini
Kelly Haejung-Paik

About Cornish Playhouse: Owned by the City of Seattle and operated by the Cornish College of the Arts, the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center today hosts more than 30 nonprofit organizations throughout the year as well as Cornish student performances and college-produced events. The main auditorium is in use more than six days per week throughout the academic year (September to May) as is the black box Alhadeff Studio

About Gage Academy of Art: Gage believes that artists are made, not born, and offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting, to all ages and skill levels. The school has two campuses in Capitol Hill and Georgetown and offers flexible class schedules with a variety of options ranging from weekend workshops to full-time study.