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We are pleased to feature the paintings of Eric Farmus in the October 2018 exhibit at the Pop-up Art Gallery at the Burien Community Center,

Meet Eric at the opening reception, Tuesday, October 2, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Center. The exhibit runs to October 31 and is open to the public during Center hours, 8:30 AM-8:00 PM, Monday– Thursday, and 8:30-5:00 Friday.

Art has been a passion for Erics since he was a young boy. He recalls always having some type of writing tool in hand, drawing whatever came to his imagination. “Everyone draws when they are little, and some of them stop. I never stopped,” he said. “We have no reason to create art except that we have to. As long as it is truthful, I am a painter,”  he added.

Originally from France, Eric grew up just outside Paris, but his summers and winter vacations in Brittany were especially important to his formation as an artist. There he enjoyed a close relation with his grandfather as well as the distinctive music of the region and life in a small town in rural Brittany.

His teachers discovered his ability when he was five in a drawing of a deep sea diver floating in a fishy sea. Eric did poorly in most subjects at school, but was moved ahead to the most advanced art classes. When he was 12, he was studying with students of 18 and 19. Finally, he dropped out of school to be a painter.

Although he never graduated from high school, he was accepted by the Superior School of Graphic Design ESAG, Paris, and was rated number two of the 2,000 admitted. He holds a master’s degree in graphic design and illustration from ESAG.

Moving to the US, Eric was Graphic Designer at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 1984-1990, then held a range of senior graphic artist positions in Dubuque, Iowa, 1990-2014. He has had his own studio, Faramus Art and Illustration, since 2014 in Galena, IL, and now in Grayland, WA, where he and his wife now live and work.

Grayland is five miles south of the noted fishing town of Westport, Grays Harbor County.

All of his works on display at the Community Center are for sale. Please email burienarts@gmail.com for information on purchasing.

The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.

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Fifty artists have produced nine new and unique works of art on 8 x 8 inch panels in a medium of their choosing for this event. The small works make great holiday gifts at just $40 each.

There is also a silent auction featuring larger works, jewelry, and sculpture.

The auction will take place Saturday, November 17, starting at 6:30 PM, at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien, WA.