A reception for Dorothy McCuistion, whose art is currently on display at the Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College, will be held at the Gig Harbor campus from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. The exhibit, "Dorothy McCuistion prints: Old Friends in a New Place" will be on display through Dec. 10. Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free.
McCuistion received her B.A. in Fine Art from Humbolt State University, and focused initially on fiber arts. Starting in the late 1980s, she worked as an arts administrator in both the public and private sectors. A member of the Tacoma Arts Commission, she is one of the founders of Tacoma’s School of the Arts (SOTA).
Recently retired, McCuistion currently works in art forms including monotype printmaking and painting in watercolor, acrylic and encaustic.
“The natural world is my inspiration. Every time I begin a painting I am eager to discover what happens when blue and red are mixed together,” McCuistion said as part of her artist’s statement. “I am still making discoveries about interpreting plants and animals through paint and color, a process that is continually evolving.
The artist loves gardening, hiking and bird watching.
“While the conservation of wildlife habitat is very important to me, these artworks are not intended as political statements,” McCuistion said.