‘Four Northwest Artists’ exhibit opens at Allied Arts

This month, the Gallery at the Park in Richland presents “Four Northwest Artists,” an exhibit featuring the works of Pamela Claflin, Laura Gable, Deanne Lemley and Melanie Thompson. Though the four artists have a shared interest in beautiful landscape paintings, each brings a unique style and perspective to the collection.

Pamela Claflin’s inspiration arises from a deep love of nature. She often works outdoors, allowing her experiences in nature to influence her paintings, and she uses road trips as a way to generate ideas and collect painting materials. For more information on Claflin, visit ClaflinArt.com.

Meanwhile, Laura Gable’s devotion to landscapes began when she was young, originating from family vacations to national parks and hours spent playing outside in the rural Midwestern sunshine. She is influenced by both nature’s vast spaces and the tiny details that emerge in light and shadow.

Gable portrays the essence of nature in her paintings, using “lyrical trees, rugged basalt cliffs, the soft addition of chamisa and sagebrush, and water’s quiet, meandering fluidity” as inspiration. You can learn more about her at LauraGable.com.

For Deane Lemley, art is a “celebration of life itself.” She aims to go beyond simply identifying and illustrating an object. Her goal is to transfer everything she sees, thinks and feels to her paintings. Lemley says she often finds it challenging to capture the beauty of a landscape in the medium of a painting, though she enjoys being able to relate nature’s beauty to viewers. Visit Lemley’s website at DeanneLemley.com.

Finally, Melanie Thompson’s interest in landscape painting stems from her background as a wildland firefighter. She spent time hiking, monitoring fire behavior and sleeping under the stars, which gave her the opportunity to appreciate beautiful landscapes and the “fierce beauty of nature.” Trained in design, she uses her skills to create simple yet powerful images.

Her goal is to reflect the pure wonder of the outdoors and allow viewers to lose themselves in her paintings. She says, “I’d like them to taste the desert air, feel the sun on their skin, and see the splendor of the wild places around all of us.” Thompson’s website can be found at MelanieThompsonArt.com.

These artists have an impressive body of experience, with all four being featured in various shows and galleries in Washington, Oregon and across the United States.

The Four Northwest Artists exhibit will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from Oct. 3 to Oct. 27. The reception will be held on Oct. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Adult workshop

On Nov. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., Gail Roadhouse will hold a workshop on watercolor holiday cards. The fee for the class is $30, and the deadline to register is Nov. 10. If you sign up for this workshop, please contact the Gallery at the Park in advance to receive all the necessary information.

The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit the Gallery at 89 Lee Boulevard near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland, or visit online at galleryatthepark.org.

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I am a Seattle University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. In 2016, I worked as a publications intern for the Seattle International Film Festival, where I wrote film descriptions that appeared on the SIFF website and in the catalog handed out at the Festival. Currently, I write monthly articles about the Gallery at the Park in The Entertainer, an entertainment newspaper for the Mid-Columbia area. I am also a freelance web designer with experience in HTML and CSS coding and in graphic design.