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We are pleased to feature the painting of Julie Devine on the theme “Finding Gold” in the October-November exhibit of  the Pop-up Art Gallery in the lobby of the City of Burien Municipal Office, Burien City Hall.

Meet Julie at the opening reception, Friday, October 6, from 5:30-7:30 PM, at the City of Burien Municipal Office, 400 S.W. 152nd St., 3rd floor, Take the elevator from the 1st floor lobby by the Library to reach the 3rd floor.

The exhibit runs to November 24 and is open to the public during City business hours, 8 AM-5 PM, Monday – Friday.

“My work is about spiritual experience in the landscape – those moments when the soul mergers with the sky, and land and light,” she has said.

On the theme “Finding Gold”, Julie comments, “The search for gold brought many newcomers to the Pacific Northwest in the late nineteenth century. As a painter in Washington State, I also find myself searching for gold. In 1991, I moved here from Riverside, California, a place where sunshine is overabundant and summer days are bright and hot. Acclimating to the lower levels of light and colder temperature took some time.”

“During much of the year, I find myself chasing golden light. As the sunshine wanes in summer, gold appears in grassy fields and leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs. Eventually the fields return to green and the leaves fall leaving only small, precious areas of golden light as winter comes on. Then no gold can be seen except in a warm fire, or in the light at high-noon on a rare sunny day–maybe a hint of warmth. As winter turns to spring, gold starts to return in blooming forsythia, and in new growth. In summer, gold is everywhere and tricks me into thinking it will stay forever. The cycle begins again.”

“Each year I notice the color gold is more significant to me. It’s become important, reassuring, like a friend or a spell I can keep in my pocket when I need it. I sometimes carry the color around with me for inspiration or a boost.”

Julie  has won many awards for her work, including:

-Juror’s Choice Award (Grand Prize): Art Port Townsend: Expressions Northwest 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

-Merit Award: Art Port Townsend: Expressions Northwest 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

-Showcase Winner: ARTslanT 2014 and 2015

-First Place, Landscape Category; Second Place, Figure Category: Best of Gage

-Golden Ticket Winner Selection, Live Auction: Gage Academy of Art Collector’s Gala Art Auction & Benefit, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle.

She has exhibited widely in the Northwest (Seattle, Kirkland, Port Townsend, Gig Harbor, Sequim, Bremerton), and in Italy (Venice, Rome, Florence), New York (New York City, Southampton), Kentucky (Danville), and New Mexico (Taos.)

Julie holds  a BA in English from the University of CA Riverside, an MA in English from the University of WA, and studied drawing and painting at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle.

For more about Julie, visit http://www.julie-devine.com/