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Puyallup City Hall gets new art

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on April 21, 2009 at 11:22 am with No Comments »
April 21, 2009 11:22 am

It turns out art displays in Puyallup aren’t only of the outdoor variety.


The new Puyallup City Hall also features a rotating gallery, which displays works provided by Valley Arts United.


The City Gallery’s second-ever exhibit begins today. It consists of watercolors, acrylics and pastels by local artist Mary Johnson.


A reception for Johnson’s exhibit will be held on the fifth floor of the Puyallup City Hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight, just before the Puyallup City Council meets.


Puyallup spokeswoman Glenda Carino said that the gallery exhibit will change about every three months.


She said city officials wanted to make the interior of its recently completed city hall as artistic as the outdoor portion of its campus, which features sculptural and architectural touches that mimic the geography of the Puyallup Valley.


The city also wanted to carry the spirit of its renowned downtown sculpture gallery, run by the nonprofit Arts Downtown, into the building, Carino said.


“Mostly we wanted to make sure a lot of visitors come in and they see the art and know that we support the local artists,” Carino said. “We wanted have two dimensional art on the inside that showed the artistic qualities of our valley residents.”

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