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Michelle Anderst at Contained - Kirkland Arts Center

I had a chance to catch up with the lovely and talented Michelle Anderst at Pat Blair’s reception yesterday. (Pat’s show of watercolor landscapes at the GoodBean is lovely! Come see it!) Michelle had just finished hanging some of her work at the C Street Bistro, also in Jacksonville (great food, wine, conversation and now…art!). After a long and, as always, very interesting conversation, she told me she had been accepted to a new show at the Kirkland Arts Center in Seattle, and was beside herself after learning that she would be showing with several artists whose work is internationally known and collected, including artists Steffan Dam, Jeremy Lepisto and Mary Iverson, whose work she has followed with great admiration for years. Her enthusiasm was infectious!

It’s also interesting to note that the show, “Contained,” is the curator’s Master’s thesis project through the Emerging Curator Initiative (more on that below). We congratulate Michelle on being included with such astute and widely-known artists and wish her well in Seattle next month! If you will be in the area, please make time to attend the artist reception and enjoy this exhibition.

Below is more information about the show from the Kirkland Arts Center website. This morning, Anderst sent us a few images – one piece from the collection she is exhibiting, as well as images of her esteemed counterparts’ work.

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Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012 (All day) to Thursday, March 22, 2012 (All day)

Reception date: Friday, February 17, 2012 – 6:00pm

Venue: Kirkland Arts Center Gallery

Hours open: Monday-Friday 11 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM

Curator: Katie Phelps

Contained examines ways that containers function within our lives. From physical vessels to metaphorical manifestations, containers influence how we preserve and organize the world around us. In particular, Contained examines the ways that we use physical containers as metaphors for thoughts and memories.

Guest curator Katie Phelps is working with Kirkland Arts Center through the Emerging Curator Initiative, a collaboration between KAC and the Museology Master’s Program at the University of Washington. Contained will serve as her Master’s thesis project.

Contained Artists: Michelle Anderst, Mark Bennett, Zach Bent, Joshua Block, Eduardo Calderon, Steffan Dam, Karen Hackenberg, Elizabeth Halfacre, Amy Hamblin, Victoria Haven, Mary Iverson, Terry Leness, Jeremy Lepisto, and Rachel Moore.

via Contained | Kirkland Arts Center.