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September ArtWALK Walla Walla… Friday guest artist Darwin Turner…

September 5, 2012

Each month Shady Lawn Antiques & Art Gallery invites a guest artist to display their work during the First Friday ArtWALK.  This month (September 7th), Walla Walla artist, Darwin Turner, designer/owner of the graphic arts firm, Turner Associates, will be showing a selection of his work.  Darwin’s showing is representative of a broad spectrum of his commercial work.

Darwin and the mural he painted in the Trio Vintners tasting room. Note how he incorporated actual branches in the tree at the right!

In 1966 Darwin, at the age of 4, authored and illustrated his first children’s book.  It was a short story about a cave man and dinosaur, the writing was questionable and the illustrating a bit primitive.  That marked the beginning of a life long career in fine and commercial art.

Darwin has formal training from the Art Institute of Chicago and Walla Walla Community College, in addition to countless hours of self study.  He enjoys the fine arts side of method and technique along with the graphic simplicity of commercial design.  This combination has served him well over the past 20 years establishing Turner Associates, a graphic design firm that serves the Walla Walla Valley and beyond.   His design and production services range from signage, printed sales materials to logos, branding, illustration, event design, and even a mural or two.

Washington State University Landscape Architecture Professor, Ken Struckmeyer, is showing his hand colored pen and ink drawings.  An individual that recently met Ken described him as a kind of Renaissance man.  A peek at his VITA would indicate that description is true.  Ken is/was a WSU Professor, Chairman of the Faculty Senate, University Ombudsman, PAC-10 Rowing Coach of the Year, and Artist.  Ken’s drawings reflect his creative, light-hearted, and perhaps whimsical outlook on life and design.

Ken Struckmeyer and his work…

Resident artist, Leslie Klicker, has recently hung two new local Landscape water color paintings in her studio/gallery.  Leslie has had her art studio and gallery at Shady Lawn for three years.  She specializes in water-color and acrylic paintings.  Leslie paints amazing portraits that capture the personality of her subjects.  Her landscapes depict the ever-changing colors and textures of the Walla Walla Valley.

Leslie Klicker and a Bicycling painting that is really more about shadows and textures…

Dave Emigh has been crafting furniture from local reclaimed barn wood for ten years.  A tall Side Table/Server created with wood from a barn built in 1864 is currently on display.  The two most recent pieces are an industrial-look table on iron wheels and a bench that pays homage to life on the farm.

Winemaker Karen LaBonte will be pouring her Trio Vintners wine.  Meat, cheeses, and fruit from Klicker’s Store will also be served.

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