Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 18, 2003

Whitworth Exhibit to Feature Works by Local Artist, Poet

An art exhibit, "Heron, Hummingbird, Monarch and Me," featuring drawings, encaustic paintings - which consist of pigment mixed with beeswax - and collages by Karen Mobley, arts director of the Spokane Arts Commission, will be on display Jan. 6-27 in the Koehler Gallery, Fine Arts Building, at Whitworth College. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Mobley will present a lecture and poetry reading, "Drawings, Poems and Thoughts on Bird Watching," at 6 p.m. during the reception in Room 200 of the Fine Arts Building. For more information about the exhibit or reception, please call (509) 777-3258.

"The works in this exhibition reflect on the relationships between my family members and nature," Mobley says. "Although this work is a personal reflection on my family, especially my mother, who was a bird watcher, the images are open to interpretation."

Mobley has shown her work in galleries and exhibitions throughout the West. She won the Spokane YWCA Woman of Achievement in Arts and Culture Award in 2000 and has been named in Who's Who in American Art. Mobley previously served as the director for the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, in Casper, Wyo., and as director of the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, N.M.

She is the author of Prairie Wind Winter (1995), a book that features her poetry and drawings. She earned honorable mention from the Wyoming Arts Council Literary Fellowship Program in 1995 and 1996. Mobley holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wyoming.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Karen Mobley, arts director, Spokane Arts Commission, (509) 625-6079, kmobley@spokanecity.org.

Scott Kolbo, assistant professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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