The South Puget Sound Community College Art Postcard Exhibition, which invites artists and non-artists to create and display 4-inch by 6-inch works, has gained a reputation as an exhibition of especially fun art.
It’s not hard to see why. Each year there is a theme, a clever turn of phrase such as “Wish You Were Here”, “While You Were Out” or, this year, “The devil is in the details”.
The exhibition, visible until February 4 in the campus gallery and indefinitely online, includes 147 56-person pieces with approaches to the theme ranging from disturbing (Gail Ramsey-Wharton’s cards that read like a madman’s ramblings) to literal humorous (Carol Hannum’s Devil with his head caught in the A from the word “details”) and from the political (April Works commentary on Brexit) to the whimsical (at least three artists representing devil’s eggs).
âAs usual, the exhibit is eclectic,â said gallery coordinator and director Sean Barnes.
Some pieces are puny. Helen Keiser’s “De-Tailed Devil” fabric shows a devil with big eyes in tennis shoes, his tail stretched out behind him.
Some of the images are very detailed, perhaps touching on at least part of the theme, and several seem to have skipped the theme altogether – which suits Barnes perfectly.
âWe have a lot of artists who tackle the theme directly and then a lot of contributors who just donate abstract works for the sake of creation,â he told The Olympian.
Some also make devotional donations to the gallery. All pieces are auctioned off to support its programs.
Diversity is a hallmark of the show in other ways as well.
Participants include well-known local artists like painter Susan Christian and digital collage artist Doyle Fanning, as well as people who may never have shown art before and a mysterious artist who sends work under the pseudonym of The Doomstress. (The Doomstress has submitted to several previous postcard shows, Barnes said, but the name fits the evil accent particularly well this time around.)
The exhibition also features works in a wide range of media, including pencil, charcoal, ink, photography, printmaking, textiles, metal, and stained glass.
âIt’s always exciting to see the ways in which donors have manipulated the media they have chosen,â said Barnes.
Exhibition of art postcards
- What: âDevil’s in the Details,â South Puget Sound Community College’s 11th annual postcard exhibition, showcases the work of well-known artists and novices alike. All works will be offered in an online auction.
- When: Until February 4, with receptions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday January 7 and Friday February 4. The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, except on public holidays.
- Or: The Leonor R. Fuller Gallery at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, and in line.
- Admission: To free
- Following information: 360-596-5527, [email protected], https://spscc.edu/gallery
- As well: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result (done within 72 hours) is required to enter the gallery.