First Friday and Art Walk openings set for April 5

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A celebration of art is coming to Mercer Island from 5-8 p.m. April 5 at Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts, Sotheby’s, Suzanne Zahr, the MIVAL Gallery, Barrels Wine Bar and Aljoya.

• CLARKE & CLARKE ART + ARTIFACTS: 7605 SE 27th St. #105. Two artists are featured in the opening night of “Serendipity & Structure” as part of our ongoing series “The Artists Language” featuring artists Jan Tervonen and Diana Grant. Tervonen has been with the gallery since 2018 and continues to employ a minimalist abstract style often with a touch of humor, as noted in the appearance of a cat perched somewhere in the scene. She works as a modern abstract artist primarily in mixed water media. She is passionate about mid-century modern styles and “Structure” with Japanese influenced works as the common thread of her Finnish heritage and the aesthetics of the use of line, color and design. This show will have some surprises with the addition of her venture into her “Eclectic” series of soothing watery blends awash in blues and greens and moonlight. Most works are in small sizes and are modestly priced.

Our second artist is Grant, who joined our stable of artists last October and has captured an audience of first-time buyers as well as longtime collectors. She was influenced by her Texas childhood days spent in the arts programs at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. As an adult and during her business career, she was active in the pursuit of studies of a myriad of art techniques and styles leading her to her current focus on abstracts and landscapes. This opening focuses on her talents in the “Serendipity” of her love of nature, a fascination with possibility, movement, color and texture.


SUZANNE ZAHR: Group Exhibition, 2441 76th Ave. SE, Suite 160. Posters for Gaza. In this unique exhibition, 26 artists come together to raise their voices, through a series of posters produced specifically for this art show. The posters share a point of view on events taking place in the Gaza Strip.

Uniformly sized and designed in a simplified manner, the posters of each artist reflect their uniqueness in terms of style, materials and the underlying narratives. Steering away from the digital norm, participating artists poured their effort into producing those posters utilizing a variety of materials including acrylics, inks, charcoal, collage and mixed media on paper, while some artists employed various digital design techniques.

Zahr will present an art reception on May 3. Visit:

• Also participating in the Mercer Island Art Walk:

Barrels, 7605 SE 27th St., Unit 107. Visit:

Aljoya, 2430 76th Ave. SE.Visit: