Famous PAA Fall Art Show moving to Long Beach Depot

<p>One of clay artist Jan Richardson’s entries, Fragmenti.</p>

LONG BEACH — Peninsula Arts Association’s 43rd Fall Art Show, opening Oct. 11 through Oct. 14, is moving to Long Beach’s Old Depot Building, located at 102 3rd Street NW.

The depot building has high ceilings, natural light, beautifully landscaped grounds and just the right amount of space to house the 90-plus pieces of work entered in the upcoming show. There is ample street parking as well. Directly behind the depot building, is the PAA office.

PAA’s portion of the green and white building will host the Inspired Creations part of the upcoming show. Just a few steps away from the formal art show, Inspired Creations is filled with art inspired work from several exhibiting artists with all work designed for same day sales.

“Moving all the easels, display boards, pedestals and equipment just a few steps from our storage area is a huge and exciting change for us,” said PAA President Bonnie Lou Cozby. “We usually rented a U-Haul and had a team of artists to transfer all the art show equipment to the Kite Museum, but now we can just walk it over. You can’t imagine how big a deal that is unless you are a middle- (or later) aged artist who has loaded and unloaded these heavy easels over the last several years.”

Visitors to the show will experience works encompassing a wide range of media, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, printmaking, photography, clay, wood, pastels, scratchboard, soft and traditional sculpture, jewelry and glass are just some of the art categories represented in the show. There is also a wonderful assortment of work from local students. PAA membership is large (128 artists) and ever changing creatively. The annual fall and spring shows always bring surprises.

On Sunday afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the public is invited to the artists’ reception. Winning tickets for PAA and member-donated art raffle prizes will be drawn at that time. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales directly benefit PAA’s High School Graduate Scholarship Fund. Ballots will be counted right before the reception and the winner of the art show’s top award, People’s Choice, will be announced while cake and punch are offered to guests.

Hours for the show are: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information on the Fall Art Show, PAA, or the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend PAA Studio Tour, visit their website www.beachartist.org, at www.facebook.com/paabeachartist, or email penart321@gmail.com. Peninsula Arts Association is a Washington state non-profit organization.

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