Local artists part of museum exhibit

'Selfie' opens Friday at Moses Lake Museum & Art Center

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Museum manager Freya Liggett hangs a painting from the show 'Selfie,' scheduled to open Friday at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center.

MOSES LAKE - The opening reception for an exhibit featuring self-portraits by artists throughout Washington is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center. "Selfie: A Community Conversation on Identity" will be on display through March 6.

Admission to the reception and the show is free.

The exhibits includes artworks in paintings, drawings, photography and ceramics from 24 artists around the state, said museum manager Freya Liggett. They are all self-portraits of one kind or another, Liggett said.

Christine Quinn, Molly Ann Delp, Erika Mueller and Patricia Monson, all of Moses Lake, will have works in the show. Other artists include Billie Bedford, John Glassco and Marchelle Daley, all of Ephrata.

The selfie is a concept open to all artists, "something anybody could participate in," Liggett said. It was a way to meet new artists, those who make their living with art and those who don't, she said.

"Selfie" is one of the first juried shows at the museum in a while, Liggett said, and Christine Quinn said that made it a challenge. Quinn has sold some of her art, including covers for the Good Fruit Grower magazine, and has a degree in interior design. But she doesn't consider herself a professional artists, she said.

She wanted to submit works because she hasn't exhibited much, she said, so it was exciting to have two drawings accepted for exhibit.

John Glassco submitted a photo, he said, which he took while in the middle of an eye exam. He's only taken a couple of selfies, he said, but "I couldn't resist." And he couldn't resist submitting it, he said.

Glassco has extensive experience with photography as part of his business, he said, and when he's off the clock "I do landscapes."

"It was a challenge, because it was a juried art show," Quinn said.

Liggett said she hoped the show would inspire the audience to look inward while they're looking at the pictures, and after they leave. "I want you to consider yourself while looking at these representations other people have made of themselves," she said.

A self-portrait is "very personal, very introspective," Liggett said. Artists are always risking rejection with an artwork, and a self-portrait makes the possibility of rejection even more challenging, she said. "Everybody in this show has a lot of courage to do what they've done." Liggett said.

The artists reception will include a wine tasting with wines from Camas Cove Cellars, along with refreshments. There's an opening night discount on any artworks for sale, 20 percent for museum members, 10 percent for non-members.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

Museum manager Freya Liggett hangs a photograph from the show 'Selfie,' scheduled to open Friday at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center.

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