Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 20, 2006

Koehler Gallery to Display Works of Three Regional Artists

Whitworth exhibit Jan. 8-30 to feature prints, ceramics and paintings by Spokane artists Mary Farrell, Gina Freuen, and Wendy Franklund Miller

Works by artists Mary Farrell, Gina Freuen, and Wendy Franklund Miller will be featured in an exhibit Jan. 8-30 in the Koehler Gallery at Whitworth College. Located in Whitworth's Fine Arts Building, the gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (The gallery will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.) Admission is free.

An opening reception will take place Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. A panel discussion with the artists will be held at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the reception. For more information about the exhibit or opening reception, please call (509) 777-3258.

The Jan Term exhibit is designed to expose Whitworth students and the community to three of the best artists in the Spokane region, according to Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art and director of the Koehler Gallery.

Mary Farrell holds an MFA in printmaking from the University of Cincinnati and a BFA in printmaking from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Farrell is an associate professor of art at Gonzaga University, where she has taught drawing and printmaking since 1995. Farrell received the Scholar of the Year award from the Gonzaga in 2001, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship in 2000, and a Washington State Artist Trust Gap Grant in 2000 and 1997. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Portland Art Museum, The City of Seattle Art Collection, The Jundt Art Museum, in Spokane, and the China National Academy of Fine Arts, in Hangzhou, China.

"Mary is an accomplished printmaker who creates artworks of exceptional beauty," Kolbo says. "Anyone interested in printmaking will be pleased to discover how Mary uses such an innovative and ambitious approach to the medium."

Gina Freuen is a ceramics artist whose whimsical and surprising forms are imbued with a sophisticated sense of three-dimensional design. Freuen has worked as a professional artist for more than 25 years. Her porcelain vessels and multi-media works on paper have been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and collected internationally. Since 1997 she has taught design, ceramics and beginning drawing at Gonzaga University.

"Whitworth's ceramics students will benefit from the diversity and high quality craftsmanship in Gina's work," Kolbo says.

Painter Wendy Franklund Miller uses encaustic paint (a paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application) and digital-print technology to create hauntingly beautiful imagery, Kolbo says. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and is collected regionally and nationally. In 1997 Franklund Miller received an Artist Trust 10th Anniversary Presidents' Award, in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement and exceptional qualities of community citizenship

"We are excited to display Wendy's photography-based works, which show what is possible to create with mixed media," Kolbo says.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art and Koehler Gallery director, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

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

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