Fircrest artist Nola Tresslar has a show up at the Lieutenant Governor’s office that’s worth a peek if you’re down in Olympia. Tresslar, who works in a variety of media, has 14 pieces up, five of which are inspired by the artist’s emotions on the anniversary of 9/11.
The Lieutenant Governor, by the way, is the President of the Washington State Senate, and steps in as Governor when the real one is off-duty. Brad Owen is the current Lt. Governor, and the office is publicly accessible on the second floor of the Legislative, a.k.a. Capitol, Building. The office sponsors quarterly exhibits of local artists.
Tresslar created her 9/11 art after doing a class in clay and tempera monoprints – an unusual medium where the clay is sculpted flat and painted over with tempera before the paper is laid on top to be printed. Her pieces show hearts done with broad, chunky strokes, moving from a sorrowful gray through tinges of green and red. There’s a great explanation by Tresslar on YouTube.
Tresslar’s solo show will be up at the Lt. Governor’s office 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Sept. 29. Free. 220 Legislative Building, 16 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia. 360-786-7700, www.ltgov.wa.gov, nola.nobullart.com