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Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Alanna Risse says her work, Riffle at Tideman, conveys the feeling of water motion. Friends and supporters of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) gathered at their offices on an evening at the start of autumn to see entries in their 2014 art show entitled, “This is the Land the Sunset Washes”.

“We happy to see so many people come to our annual Johnson Creek Art Show,” smiled JCWC Executive Director Matt Clark, for whom it turned out to be one of his last public events for the organization. More on that in a moment.

“This annual event is important to our mission, because it helps people see our watershed in a new and different way,” Clark told THE BEE. “It helps people see and admire Johnson Creek in a way that they perhaps didn’t, twenty years ago.

“And, this enables us to see things in the watershed with new eyes, and a new appreciation for nature, even though it’s in an urban setting.”

The work of five artists were on display for guests to view while they enjoyed live music, a glass of wine, and light hors d'oeuvres.

One of the artists, Kailyn Bowen Marcus, talked about her pen-and-ink-with-gold-leaf work which she calls “Seed”.

“It’s the image of a mustard seed,” Bowen Marcus said. “It’s like the mustard seed parable from the Bible; to my mind it’s about ‘paying it forward’. I consider this kind of a meditation piece about doing good works for the earth and others.”

Another of the artists, Alanna Risse, spoke about her work entitled “Riffle at Tideman”. The acrylic on panel image was inspired by photos she took along the creek in Johnson Tideman Park, Risse explained. “As you know, a riffle is like a ‘mini rapid’. I really get into the motion of water, and wanted to do a painting that illustrated that motion.”

The casual show appeared to be enjoyed by all who attended, and it supports the work of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. A few days later, Matt Clark announced his plans to depart from his seven-year position heading the JCWC: “In January, my wife, Abby, our two boys, Rowan and Quillan, and I will be moving to Loja, Ecuador where I have accepted a position with a tropical conservation organization (Nature and Culture

International). “Abby and I both have lived previously in Latin America, and it’s been a dream of ours to return there to share that experience with our sons.” A search for his successor has begun.

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